The good ol’ Washington Post recently took on the subject of “Is God’s wrath at work in natural disasters?” As you might expect, it pits one side against the other and misses the point.
Don’t get me wrong. There have been such things as God stepping in and deliberately causing floods, new languages, fire and brimstone and some other calamities. He is even recorded as causing hailstones to help Deborah and Barak to win a war.
However, in case no one has noticed, God often does not interfere. Instead, He allows things to take their natural course.
Imagine that the earth is a planet that needs constant fine-tuning. When you look at the universe and think about entropy, it seems that the natural state of physical things is to fall apart, decay and otherwise be temporary. There’s certainly a great lesson in all of this, but the main point I’m making today is that very often disasters are not because God is actively causing them but rather He is not actively blessing a people via non-interference.
Of course, there is another complicating factor. The story of Job shows that Satan also has great power to influence things – but only if God allows it. By rejecting God and His way in the Garden of Eden, Adam and Eve unwittingly submitted to Satan’s authority as the “god of this world” (2Co 4:4).
However, even then, would not God be inclined to bless those who are righteous?