Why Does God Allow Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters? | John Ankerberg Show

Why Does God Allow Hurricanes, Earthquakes and Other Natural Disasters?

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With recent hurricanes, earthquakes, fires and other natural disasters devastating many around our world,  numerous people are asking, “Why does God allow suffering through natural disasters?” The Bible does not record a direct explanation regarding the purpose of such events, but does address some of the reasons natural disasters occur.

 

Part of Life in a Fallen World

The Bible presents our world as good, yet imperfect. Part of living in a fallen world includes the natural cycles of storms across the globe. Inevitably, some natural disasters impact populated areas that harm or destroy lives. Sometimes God supernaturally protects people through a storm. In Acts 16:26, an earthquake shook a Philippian prison, freeing Paul, Silas, and the other prisoners, yet no one was hurt. God also spared Jonah and those in the boat with him during a great storm at sea (Jonah 1-2).

At other times, people and locations were not spared. Job’s family members were killed in a natural disaster (Job 1-2). In this case, Job had done nothing wrong. Instead, this event served as part of a much larger story of God’s work through His people during times of adversity.

To Draw People to God

A second reason God allows natural disasters is to draw people to Him. Sometimes, storms in the Bible were associated with judgment upon those who did not follow God. At other times, a storm simply displayed God’s power in a way that caused people to fear Him.

For example, when Elijah was on a mountain, he experienced a great wind, an earthquake, and a fire. God appeared to him after these events, speaking directly about an important time in Elijah’s life (1 Kings 19:11-13). His time of fear led to a moment of intimacy with God and a fruitful ministry to follow.

To Provide Opportunities to Serve Those in Need

Third, God may also allow hurricanes or other disasters to provide opportunities to meet needs. For example, there are already stories emerging from Hurricane Harvey that have united the nation. More specifically, stories are now being shared of people coming to faith in Christ and turning to God because of Christians who have shown up to help in the aftermath of the hurricane.

 

Whatever challenges you may be facing, please remember God is with you.  You are not alone.  God promises in Isaiah 43:2, “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you.” Our Lord sees your situation and hears your cries.  We may not understand all the reasons behind the natural disasters striking our world, but we can trust in a loving God who is in control during the storm. As Psalm 46:1 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

 

  • If you would like to know more about how to have a relationship with God, please take a moment to watch the following video: (How to Become a Christian).
  • For more information about God’s work during suffering, check out our other free resources at (Suffering Articles).

 

 

The John Ankerberg Show

The John Ankerberg Show

Founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America.
The John Ankerberg Show
The John Ankerberg Show

The John Ankerberg Show

Founder and president of The John Ankerberg Show, the most-watched Christian worldview show in America.

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Ricky Ray Taylor

We are all inhabitants of a fallen world. The difference lies in those who know and those who do not.

Ricky Ray Taylor

Good stuff.

Tommy Dale Brown
Tommy Dale Brown

Very reasonable answers, thanks.

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