The world has come alive since the day after christmas, with the tsunami hitting the shores of a number of countries near the indian ocean. One wonders what to make of all this… Particularly in reference to God.
What does Christ have to do with all this. Well this morning in my reading of Luke I came across Luke 13:1-5 where Jesus is talking about a disaster that must have been well known and recent at that particular time. Where the tower of Siloam fell over and killed 18 people. Jesus’ response to the incident is this….
“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish”
There is a warning to get when we see these disasters clearly. A warning of repentance. The point of the all pain and heartache is that we should be heartbroken that God means so little to us.
John Piper puts it this way.
“This is the point of all pleasure and all pain. Pleasure says: “God is like this, only better; don’t make an idol out of me. I only point.” Pain says: “What sin deserves is like this, only worse; don’t take offense at me. I am a merciful warning.””
In saying that also though. The bible says to weep with those who are weeping, and help those in need, which are definately appropriate to the situation in the countries hit by the tsunami.
The tsunami falls in Gods design, and all of Gods design is Just and Wise and Good. I will say with John Piper that I will not put God on trial because I know his wisdom far exceeds mine. And instead I will heed the warning and repent and encourage others too, that way when the wave that gets me carries me away I will fall safely at his side. Repentance is sweet in the face of disaster.