STORM SANDY – WHERE WAS GOD?
I read an article by Dr. James Emery White in which he discusses the subject “God and Sandy” and decided that I would write my own comments here. You can read his lengthy article in his blog at http://www.churchandculture.org. His comments were written in answer to the question “Sandy: Most Destructive Storm – Where was God?”
I can see why some people will question God’s love and mercy and even His existence when severe storms like Sandy occur and cause such extreme devastation and suffering to people. Some people might even blame God for such destructive events. The fact is that the elements of nature behave in reaction to the ever-changing conditions of nature’s environment – land, water and air temperatures, wind direction and velocity, air pressure systems, shifting land mass below the earth’s surface. Sometimes these changes cause turbulent weather conditions and produce storms like Sandy. I feel that in many ways, human activities contribute a great deal to natural disasters taking place due primarily to land, water and air pollution and excessive destructive exploitation of the earth’s natural resources.
So, where was God when Sandy hit the US? He was right there in the middle of the storm making sure that the entire eastern USA was not completely wiped out. Understandably, those who lost loved ones, homes, jobs and treasured possessions will find it very difficult to accept this answer. Yes, it is very hard to see the presence of God in our suffering. During the last moments of his life on the cross, Jesus cried out “My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?” Did God really abandon his own Son, Jesus, during his torture and violent death? I don’t think so. If he did, Jesus would not have been able to accomplish the task for which he was born – to sacrifice his life for the redemption of all God’s people.
Human suffering cannot be avoided but with God’s help in giving us courage and strength to endure the hurt and pain of our suffering, we will survive the struggle and one day enjoy the glorious end of all our trials and tribulations.