If God is a good God, why would he allow such terrible events to happen in America? Here is a good story to help you understand God’s character. Your kind, gentle, elderly grandmother is brutally killed by a criminal. This criminal has also killed other people. Would a good, just judge punish this criminal or let him go free? What if the judge who looked over this criminal’s case said, “I am such a compassionate judge that I am going to look the other way. It doesn’t matter that you have just killed this elderly woman and have killed others as well. So I am going to let you go free”. Would you believe that this was a good judge? No, you would want a judge to punish the criminal for his crimes. God is a just judge. He will allow people to continue in their sins for a long time because he is compassionate, longsuffering and patient, but eventually because He is a just God, He must punish sin.
By studying the Old Testament, we can learn why God sends or allows these catastrophes to happen. According to the Bible, God causes calamities. If a calamity occurs in a city has not the LORD done it? Surely the Lord GOD does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel To His servants the prophets” Amos 3:6-7 (NASB). He promises to send His prophets to warn before catastrophe hits. He has been warning us and wooing us for years in America, but we don’t seem to hear Him. I recently heard a pastor say that the Lord will try to get our attention in two ways, with the first way being through conviction and the second through catastrophe. People have hardened their hearts so conviction is not working, so God must send catastrophe to awaken us. Even though He sends the disasters, He doesn’t like it. “For the Lord will not reject forever, For if He causes grief, Then He will have compassion According to His abundant lovingkindness. For He does not afflict willingly Or grieve the sons of men” Lam 3:31-33 (NASB).
Even though God will send calamities, he has a reason behind it all. God’s ultimate desire is for all men to be saved. “This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” 1 Tim 2:3-4 (NASB). Because God knows the hearts of men and women, He knows what it will take to bring them to salvation. He is willing to bring catastrophe and hardships in our lives so that people will be saved. This is how God describes Himself in the book of Exodus: “And the LORD passed by before him, and proclaimed, The LORD, The LORD God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, Keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, and that will by no means clear the guilty” Ex 34:6-7 (KJV). According to this verse, God is a loving God, but he cannot allow the guilty to go unpunished. The Bible also says, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” Romans 3:23 (KJV). All of us have sinned so no one is innocent and God must punish the guilty. This is why the world needs Jesus Christ. God sent His Son to die on a cross in our place. We should have died on the cross, because we are all guilty of sinning against the Lord. We sin anytime we disobey God’s laws. All sin is evil in the sight of God. Lying, stealing, disobeying parents, disobeying the Word of God are sins. In God’s eyes, lust is the same as adultery and hatred is the same as murder. The Bible says that “the wages of sin is death” Romans 6:23 (KJV). God is holy and cannot allow sin into heaven. So God loved the world so much that He sent His son to die on the cross. The sinless Son of God died in our place for our sins. We have all sinned, we are all guilty and we all need Jesus for salvation. We will not see heaven when we die, if we refuse to repent of our sins and follow Jesus Christ. Jesus says, “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man comes unto the Father, but by me” John 14:6 (KJV). Repent means to turn away from our sin. Jesus also says, “Unless you repent , you will all likewise perish” Luke 13:3 (NASB). You cannot have salvation without repentance. If you die in your sin without Jesus Christ, you will live eternity in a place called hell or the lake of fire (Rev. 20:14-15).
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD. Josh 24:15 (KJV)”
So we must all choose to either serve God or someone or something else. We can serve ourselves, a false religion or the God of the Old Testament. If you do not serve the God of the Old Testament who punishes sin and sends judgment, then you have chosen to serve another God. The God who only does good things and never punishes or sends disasters is not the God of the Bible. Choose you this day whom you will serve.
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