Easily one of the most disturbing theologies people believe about God today, is the thought that God sends disasters to teach us a lesson.
Every time I hear this talked about I feel sick.
It’s the most discussing perception of God I’ve ever heard of.
God does not send storms. God does not create cancer. God is a GOOD God.
A lot of this theology is rooted in a misunderstanding of the sovereignty of God.
While yes God is in fact sovereign- sovereignty and control are not the same thing.
God is sovereign, but He’s not in control.
To say that God is in control is to say that everything that ever happens is God’s will. This thought perverts the nature of a good God and turns Him into a God of punishment, wrath, and manipulation.
Plus if God was in control than why does the Holy Spirit give us “Self-control”? (Galatians 5:22-23)
Not everything that happens is Gods doing, or His will.
There are essentially three players on the chess board of existence:
God/His angels, the demonic/satan, and creation.
When we hear of natural disasters why is it that the first person we blame is God?
The one who’s very name comes from the Anglo Saxon word for “good”?
God is the ultimate benevolent one.
He’s the last person I would ever blame for this hurricane.
I’m not trying to rationalize this. I am also not trying to answer the question of why things like this happen.
I just want to make it extremely clear, that it was not God who sent this storm.
Let’s dive into this storm thing a little more:
In John 14:7 Jesus says this, “If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also; from now on you know Him, and have seen Him.”
Jesus is the image of the Father.
Any belief I have about God that I can not find in the life of Jesus, must be questioned.
Bill Johnson says it this way, “Jesus is perfect theology”
So let me ask you this:
How many storms did Jesus send to judge people?
How many diseases did Jesus cause in order to teach people a lesson?
Just read through the life of Jesus and I promise you will not find a single time.
So if it’s Gods will to cause disasters, or sickness than wouldn’t Jesus be working against His Fathers will?
In John 5:19, Jesus says that “I only do what I see my Father doing”.
Jesus was doing His Fathers will at all times by healing the sick, and by calming storms.
He wasn’t working against His Father.
God’s will is never destruction, disease, or disaster.
The nature of God is found in Jesus, and Jesus alone.
Jesus calmed storms, and Jesus healed diseases.
Let’s get this straight:
God is not angry with America.
God is not sending this hurricane to judge us or to teach us a lesson.
He isn’t trying to add His commentary about the presidential election either.
God is a good father.
The roles haven’t changed: it’s still the devil’s plan to steal, kill, and destroy. (John 10:10)
In order to believe that God sent this storm, you must first sacrifice an absolute about God’s nature- His goodness.
I don’t care what old testament verse you use to defend your theology.
It HAS to be held accountable to the life of Jesus.
Remember it’s the kindness of God that leads men to repentance, not the fear of judgement. (Romans 2:4)
God is still a good God.
He is still a loving God.
Jesus is the perfect picture of our God:
Our God is the God who forgives the adulterous woman.
Who welcomes home the prodigal with a celebration feast.
He’s the God who, while we deserve punishment, give us abundant grace.
We get the riches of His kindness, and His love lavished upon us- even when we don’t deserve it.