By Moody Adams Across the nation people are weeping and wondering, "Why does God allow such storms as we are seeing in the north-east. Our insurance policies declare this is an “act of God.”
A man comes home, but there is no home. There is only a pile of wood. His wife and children are buried somewhere in the rubble. Unexpectedly, his world has suddenly been turned upside down. All the things he loves have been snatched away. He cannot understand why.
A climatologist can give you a scientific answer about the conditions that lead to the horrible fires in Texas, floods and tornadoes. But this provides little consolation.
The Bible offers some Divine answers regarding why. 1. First, storms are allowed to lead men to seek the Lord: "So persecute them with thy tempest, and make them afraid with thy storm. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek thy name, O LORD. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish: That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the most high over all the earth" (Psalm 83:16-18).
2. Second, God permits the Devil to send storms to show he cannot make believers renounce God and curse Him: "And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee" (Job 1:19).
3. God punishes nations that worship Him incorrectly, as the Jews who defiled His altar: "Thou shalt be visited of the LORD of hosts with thunder, and with earthquake, and great noise, with storm and tempest, and the flame of devouring fire" (Isaiah 29:6).
4. Storms show His miraculous powers to start storms and to stop them, ”And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish." Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was calm" (Luke 8:24).
5. God uses storms to give Christians an opportunity to show Christ's love, Paul did this when he instructed and encouraged the crew of a ship sunk by the storm; Paul encourages and comforts the officers and crew of the ship. Church groups pour into American storm ravaged areas devastated by natural disaster to aid the people. (Acts 27:14-44).