Texas gets hit by a category 5 hurricane. Florida gets hit by a category 4 hurricane. The Virgin Islands and Caribbean have seen wave after wave of catastrophic hurricanes. Mexico City has a massive earthquake that kills hundreds. Wildfires in the West. North Korea threatening a nuclear strike on America. What is going on in this crazy world?
There is no way to know for certain if these disasters are sent by God for judgement or allowed by God as part of the curse of this fallen world in which we live. The question we have during such disasters is why? The “why” question is easy if we look at scripture and see how sin has cursed this world in which we live. The better question for us as believers is to ask, “what are we going to do about it?” With such disasters comes the opportunity to love our neighbor as ourselves. It is an opportunity to meet physical needs as well as meet their spiritual needs. All things are not good, however, “for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28).
When disaster strikes, it is the responsibility of believers to respond. We are called according to his purpose. We are called to love God and love others. There are a lot of hurting people in our nation right now. There are people who have lost everything. We need to show them the love of Christ. We need to send money to Christian based disaster relief organizations who are trained and prepared to meet the physical needs. We need to help bring peace to those who are questioning these horrible events. We must point people to Jesus as our only hope. Until Christ returns disasters like these will continue. This fallen world is crazy! What are we going to do about it?