Short and sweet today…
Whenever something like the devastation of a Hurricane Sandy or Katrina, or Isaac occur, when Tsunami’s crash over people’s lives, when earthquakes cause communities to crumble, when fires ravage mile after mile of forest and neighborhoods, when droughts shrivel up the food supply of a nation… Somebody always asks me “why?”
“Why would a loving God allow something like that to happen?”
I want to be really clear here. God did nto cause Hurricane Sandy or Katrina or Isaac, etc… These things happen because our world is broken. It has been broken by sin. Period.
I am sure that what we are suffering now cannot compare with the glory that will be shown to us. In fact, all creation is eagerly waiting for God to show who his children are. Meanwhile, creation is confused, but not because it wants to be confused. God made it this way in the hope that creation would be set free from decay and would share in the glorious freedom of his children. We know that all creation is still groaning and is in pain, like a woman about to give birth. Romans 8:18-22
There it is. The world that God created has been broken by sin. Just like us. Sin has broken us. And we all eagerly await redemption. That time when God will create a New Heaven and a New Earth, and all of this will pass away.
In Revelation, Jesus said “Behold! I make all things new.” When you look at that sentence in the Greek, Jesus says something very interesting. The way the sentence is worded gives the sense that there will come a time when every second of eternity is a second where Jesus makes EVERYTHING NEW! Every experience we might have, will feel like the first moment. Every time we see the face of someone we love it will be like the first meeting after a long period of absence, even if we just saw them. Every second Jesus will be making a new heart within us.
So when you hear people say that God sent Hurricane Sandy as retribution on the United States for the government allowing abortion and gay marriage and for our less than stellar relations with Israel, or that God sent a hurricane to ravage Haiti because the people there once sold the island to the devil, or that the Tsunami hit Asia because of this or that or whatever… Don’t believe it. They can’t back that up with Scripture.
But don’t believe that this stuff just happens either. Our planet, our entire universe, ALL of creation is hurting and crying out for redemption.
The good news is that redemption is available. The Bible says that we’re going to see a New Earth. But that redemption is available for us right now!
I don’t often right “salvation” posts, but, just by chance, if you come across this and haven’t accepted that free gift of salvation… Don’t wait! Find somebody, a pastor somebody and talk with them about what it means. Let Jesus start the recreation process in you today!