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Why Disasters?

Added by Holger Bergner on November 12, 2013. · No Comments · Share this Post

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Why earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, volcanic eruptions, famines, typhoons, epidemics, drought, and horrific accidents that kill hundreds, thousands, or even hundreds of thousands of people and cause untold suffering? Why are children and the elderly—the most innocent and helpless—often the ones to die in such tragedies? These questions have plagued the world for ages.

To truly understand the answer, it’s necessary to believe in a loving God and a better life after this one. Those who have confidence in God’s love, mercy, justice, and fairness can find comfort in knowing that God has good reasons for everything He allows—even disasters.

It is also important to understand that God knows and loves each of us individually, and that He has a plan for our lives. When people depart from this life, whether it is through a natural disaster, accident, or otherwise, it is because it is their appointed time.

For some, it is their time to be relieved of suffering. For others, it is their time to have a chance in the next life to experience God’s love and understand Him better than they ever could in this life. And for others, it is their time to be rewarded for their love and service to Him and humanity. But for those who have done grave evil for which they have not repented, it is their time to be faced with the error of their ways and the consequences of their choices.

God also uses disasters to work in different ways in the lives of the survivors. Suffering can be a catalyst. Sometimes it causes those who know God, but who have not lived up to the truth they have been given or been loving to others, to learn from it and be more mature in the future. Other times, it causes people to shift their attention from trivial pursuits to the true values of life. And if they let it, it teaches everyone lessons such as love, compassion, mercy, unselfishness, and humility. It draws those who love God closer to Him, and it brings some of the wayward to repentance and salvation, when in their suffering they cry out to Him.

Whatever God allows to happen, He does it in love. In each “bad” thing that happens, even if the forces of evil bring it, He’s giving people another opportunity to turn to Him. Those who do, come out the better for it in the long run. God is always ready, willing, and able to turn tragedy into triumph.

God is righteous, and God is just. God is fair, and God is loving and kind. God is perfect, and God knows best. Everything will work out well in the long run. People will be rewarded according to their works, whether they are good or evil. In the afterlife, everything will be squared up, and there will be rewards for those who deserve them and punishment for those who deserve that.

Most people consider death a horrible curse, but the truth is, when people leave this world, no matter how good or bad they may have had it here, they can be much better off. If you believe that there is a better life after death, then you can understand why God, in His mercy, would sometimes take people out of this world with its suffering, pain, poverty, and oppression.

Those who are left behind are the ones to feel sorry for—those who are still suffering or grieving the loss of loved ones. Pray for the millions who still suffer physically or are lost in spiritual darkness. These are the ones who need to be comforted with the love of Jesus and the message of His salvation, forgiveness, joy, happiness and the promise of eternal life in Heaven hereafter.

If you don’t already know God, who the Bible says is the Spirit of Love, you can. Call on His Son, Jesus, and ask Him to come into your heart and life. He will forgive you for every wrong you have ever committed the instant you ask Him to, and give you the gift of eternal life. He will also help you to see things from the perspective of a wonderful, sorrow-free eternity, as He does. Simply pray this prayer:

Dear Jesus, please come into my heart, forgive me for the wrongs I have done, and give me Your gift of eternal life. Amen.


When Jesus’ disciples asked Him what would be the sign of His return and the end of the world as we know it—the period commonly referred to as the Endtime—He listed natural disasters such as famines, pestilences, and earthquakes among what He called the “beginning of sorrows” (Matthew 24:3–8).

The world is about to enter the darkest night it has ever known, but that night will be followed by the brightest dawn. Jesus will return to earth and set up a new and beautiful world in which there will be no more sickness, suffering, sorrow, or death—and no more disasters (Revelation 21:4). No matter what may befall them now, the poor and the meek shall soon inherit the earth! (Matthew 5:5; Psalm 37:11; 1 Samuel 2:8).

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