Christchurch Earthquake 04 September 2010
Some one mention to me that maybe it was a warning from God…
Someone else mentioned that it was showing his judgement…
Someone else said it was showing Gods mercy that no one died.
So… what do I think?
To be honest I don’t know all the answers… but here is what I do know:
- During times like this people feel more vulnerable , and they realise that they are so minute in a huge world, and an even bigger universe.
- People need people. the amount of stories, I’ve heard that people have been helping others… it really show how much we are made to be relational. One the news I’ve heard a couple of stories of people who said that in the middle of the earthquake they felt “So alone”
- God is still God through it all – and we can come to him with all our worries, and concerns.
Brent Richardson, a good friend of mine says this:
The fact is often these things cannot be reasoned out. For example a Godly person might loose their house (or life) while bad people come out unscathed. If it’s God’s judgement it is mostly lost on the general public who don’t think that way. Surely if God was going to judge wouldn’t he make sure people understood what he was doing (such as when he sent Israel into exile preceeded by the prophets warnings).
Now God can cause earthquakes… Job is a good example of a Godly man loosing everything from major disasters, there are a number of them through the old and new testament.
Sometimes in our search to try and understand what has happened in a major event, we start to make assumptions -like the ones mention at the start of this blog.
And I wish I knew the answer but the truth is – I JUST DON’T.
In fact if we are trying to figure out what God is doing – isn’t that just us trying to be god like? trying to ‘control’ the situation?
Just a thought…