Destruction and devastation that follow hurricanes have a way of getting our attention. When these powerful storms come barreling in the direction of populated areas-prayers soon follow. Yet, others question where God is. In a recently recorded video Kirk Cameron provides an answer. Specifically, he explains how God uses hurricanes to punish people. Understandably so, his comments were not received well by everyone. Were his remarks harsh and out of touch with reality or on point and loving?
See Mr. Cameron’s video below (1)
STORMS: HOW VERSUS WHY
More people would probably be in agreement on how rather than why these storms occur. For this reason, there is likely more value in focusing on the “why” versus the “how”. I believe it is deeper and more impactful on us personally. To make his point Mr. Cameron used bible verses from the book of Job, but Dr. Erwin Lutzer shows us why this particular storm began. He wrote, “God gave Satan permission to send wind and lightning to kill Job’s children but Satan could not act without God’s express approval. To be sure, nature is fallen and so earthquakes, hurricanes, and tsunamis occur, but Job knew that whatever the secondary causes might be, his calamity was traceable to God” (Job 1:21). (2) This verse gives us clarity on why storms can happen. More importantly, we see how Job responded to the situation. He had seven sons and three daughters and suddenly they all perished. (Job 1:2). His reply to God was one of great humility, “The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD” (Job 1:21).
14As fire consumes the forest or a flame sets the mountains ablaze,
15so pursue them with your tempest and terrify them with your storm.
16Cover their faces with shame, LORD, so that they will seek your name.
22So you will be my people, and I will be your God.
23See, the storm of the LORD will burst out in wrath, a driving wind swirling down on the heads of the wicked.
24The fierce anger of the LORD will not turn back until he fully accomplishes the purposes of his heart. In days to come you will understand this.
(Jeremiah 30: 22-24)
45b He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.
RESPOND TO GOD
The bible contains more verses about storms, wind and even earthquakes. It also shows us that God loves us with an unconditional Love. Whether you think Kirk Cameron is off base or not, you have a choice in how you respond. Perhaps, God wants us to see where we are in relation to Him. Will you respond negatively as communicating with a man/woman or with the humility God deserves? It is ultimately up to you. I implore you to seek the latter response while there is still time. Choose God TODAY.
Credit Where Credit is Due
- Dr. Erwin Lutzer, “5 Lessons Hurricane Harvey Teaches Us” (August 27, 2017)