When Japan was rocked with earthquake and aftershocks, when tsunami waves swept whole towns away, when survivors are left with fears of radiation - where was God?
The images transmitted have assaulted our senses and left much of the world feeling a lot less secure regarding our safety. At the time of this writing, the Japan reactors are near meltdown, radiation is spewing in all directions, and many thousands are fleeing the country.
Why does He allow such human suffering?”
Of course the humanist pundits on television and radio are having a field day asking these questions with contempt in their voices. For some, it seems they are mocking God and those who are devoted to Him. They wonder with very loud voices if God cares about humanity and if He is all powerful. In fact, one interviewer on CNN asked a pastor this question. “Is God omniscient and all powerful and He doesn’t care about mankind or is He not all powerful but does care about us? It’s one or the other…so which one is it.”
The pastor avoided the question altogether.
I wish he had corrected the interviewer.
I believe both questions can be absolutely answered with a resounding, NO!”
God loves us more than we could possibly imagine - and allows tragedies to occur. Yes, God can stop bad things from happening, yet, it is often not in the best interests of mankind for Him to intervene.
God is all powerful and He cares. He gives us all the experiences of this world with His love - to weather the most difficult times in this life. It is in the hardest moments that our faith can blossom. The pain associated with the tragedies in life will bring us closer to God if we have a heart that is humble and moldable. Will we seek our Maker and do what He says or will we go our own way and do our own thing?
I have heard dozens of testimonies of people who have given their lives over to God ONLY AFTER encountering a very difficult storm in their lives. These storms are the catalyst to us shaking out of our self-reliant attitude and turning to a higher power for comfort. God uses these tragedies, including the unfolding story in Japan, to help people consider the afterlife.
God can use human suffering and tragedy to help us understand that this world is temporary and passing away.
And He promises us the joys of eternal life. The Bible clearly teaches that “He wishes none perish, no not one.” This verse is speaking of perishing in the afterlife. God loves us so much that He will orchestrate events on earth - even painful events - that will lead us to a life with Him after physical death.
Death is not the end - it is the beginning of our lives.
God is more concerned with making us holy than happy. His ultimate goal is to help us seek Him in this life so that we can be with Him in the next life. God would be cruel if He created a scenario where He placed us in an easy, self-reliant world that never pushed us to think about the next world.
The Bible clearly teaches that the next world is real. Heaven and hell are as real as the moon and the sun. Heaven is reserved for those who turn their lives over to the Lord and hell is reserved for those who willfully reject Jesus. Some disagree with this. I understand. This is not my opinion but what the Bible teaches from cover to cover.
Is death cruel if we die and go to be with God? Is the earth really a better place than heaven? I don’t think so! God loves us and cares for us more than we could possibly grasp. But it is our job to trust Him and believe that He has our best in mind, even when the world is falling in all around us. This is what trust is all about.
Where was God? Here with us.