God In The Midst of Natural Disasters by Tracy Gaboyau

Recently, I was scrolling through Twitter and I saw this:

 

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It got me thinking. What does the Bible say about natural disasters? What does the Bible say about horrible things that are occurring everyday, such as famines and floods and fires that bring harm to our brothers and sisters through no fault of their own? So, I decided to do some research, and here is what I found:

 

Amos 3:7

If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble?
           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.

 

2 Chronicles 7:21-22

And at this house, which was exalted, everyone passing by will be astonished and say, ‘Why has the Lord done this to this land and to this house?’ Then they will say, ‘Because they abandoned the Lord, the God of their fathers who brought them out of the land of Egypt and laid hold on other gods and worshiped them and served them. Therefore he has brought all this disaster on them.’”

 

Isaiah 54:10

“For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you, and my covenant of peace shall not be removed,” says the Lord, who has compassion on you.

 

I also found countless other verses, but if I were to list them all here, this blog post would never end.

From these few verses, I have come to two conclusions.

The first one being that there has to be suffering, some way some how. Life would make no sense if there was just nonstop joy from sunrise through sunset. There would be nothing to work towards, there would be no gratitude, no justice, and no fear of God.

Suffering is a very important part of everyday life, because it is where the majority of our learning happens, whether it is a great suffering, or a minor trouble. For example, when you make a mistake while doing homework, you learn from the mistake you made, which prevents you from making it again. Or when you hurt someone, or someone hurts you, you learn to not make that same mistake with other people.

It is through suffering that you truly earn things. If you simply showed up to school once and in that same day earned your diploma, it would just seem like a piece of paper. But if you truly went to school 180 days every year for 12 years, waking up early every morning, writing countless essays, taking multiple tests in every subject, spending multiple hours on an innumerable amount of essays, then you would really know the value of that diploma, because you have worked for it. Because you have suffered in order to earn it, and you have reaped the fruits of your labor.

The second conclusion I have come to is that everything God does, great or small, he does it for a reason. For everything that happens in the Bible, there is a cause and an affect. B has occurred because A has happened. When God punished Adam and Eve it was because they disobeyed him, and when God flooded the earth, it was because he was disappointed with all the evil in the world.

Therefore, if all of the uncontrollable circumstances on this earth are controlled by God, then we should have nothing to fear because: “the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.” (1 Peter 5:10)

All in all, to our unknowledgable brother on twitter, here is your explanation. And to my fellow brother and sisters in Christ, I hope you have learned something new.

 

Tracy

8 Comments

  • Valerie says:

    Great writing and very profound.
    In the middle of chaos we all need to remember “Be still and know that I am God” Ps. 46,10
    We need to have faith and be God’s hands and feet to those suffering.
    Keep spreading the good news Tracy
    Very proud of you. 🙂

  • Macdala says:

    Right on point Tracy. You have such a strong passion for your Faith and believe and I’m very proud of you. Yes indeed, God will always make a way when they seems to be none. Just trust him, be available to Him 100%.

  • Johanne Belizaire says:

    Tracy it is not easy to be a teenager nowadays because you are exposed to so many accessible controversies and you live among chaos and frustration. For you to be able to stand apart and go beyond the surface to seek the true meaning if circumstances and to tie them to God is impressive. I’ll keep praying that as you grow your faith grows and remains strong despite the surroundings. Truly profound and inspiring. May God bless you. Stay safe as we prepare for having Hurricane Irma in our misdt
    Dr Johanne Belizaire

  • Luttnie Bastien says:

    Tracy, this was truly awe inspiring. I would love that all other teenagers your age follow this righteous path. I really am amazed at all the work you’ve been able to do and hope that you continue this work for all to see. Teaching those all around why God does this in our lives. May God bless you and be safe.

  • Patrick B says:

    I am happy to you Tracy, it’s very important to write a text at each time if you are available, don’t stop you are a exemple for the others kid.
    God bless you.

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