A Biblical Response to Current Events – 4-1-20
What’s Happening: “It is quite difficult finding any news article that does not feature a prominent reference to COVID-19, as if that was the only thing happening in today’s world, but life goes on, storms still hit (https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/29/weather/tornadoes-severe-storms/index.html), wildfires still rage (https://www.yahoo.com/news/editorial-californias-wildfires-arent-going-120017412.html), earthquakes still strike (https://www.yahoo.com/news/magnitude-4-8-earthquake-hits-012154346.html), and battles are still waged. Case in point: Israeli planes launched eight missiles on Syrian positions yesterday, reportedly at Shayrat air base in Homs province…few details were given (https://www.yahoo.com/news/syria-air-defenses-down-missiles-182200993.html).
Knee-Jerk Response: “It seems like no one is in control, let alone God!”
Biblical Response: “Eau contraire’ (French for ‘on the contrary’), God is very much in control…things happen that we consider negative (and assume that God was just asleep – which flies in the face of Ps. 121:4 – ‘Indeed, He who watches over Israel never slumbers or sleeps.’ (NLT) There are several considerations for the occurrence of calamity (I’d like to recommend an article to you: (https://www.desiringgod.org/articles/plans-will-fail-without-friends?utm_campaign=Daily+Email&utm_source=hs_email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=84666612&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-9vgJy6Uff0MZ1YPYtMLH6_FsrUF7LQvYFJdC8bQn225VbhA17XVChQna2mG-KfQZAJ1cv5X7Uun8guaNtg-bkgd-oE2w&_hsmi=84666612)
- We live in a fallen world (read Gen. 3).
- We are experiencing collateral damage from our own stupidity (Gal. 6:7).
- We are experiencing the collateral damage of someone else’s stupidity (Luke 13:4).
- God is trying to reap justice (2 Kings 2:24)
- God is disciplining (Rom. 4:9; Heb. 12:7)
- He is trying to say something (2 Cor. 12:7-10)
- It is a combination of one or more of the above…God is known for His efficiency.
“Christians? We believe that God works in mysterious ways (Isaiah 45:15), but often the ‘mystery’ is just our unwillingness to see what is pretty obvious.”
Here’s a Prayer You Can Pray: “Heavenly Father, help us to see that You have the whole world in Your hands; in Jesus’ Name, amen.”
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