Why does God allow natural disasters?

It’s often hard to see God in the middle of a world that seems to be out of control filled with natural disasters causing pain and death. In this weeks episode I discuss what the Bible has to say about natural disasters and offer three things to remember when they do.

“Just as earthquakes create aftershocks, natural disasters created religious aftershocks”


1. We live in a broken world.

• There is a huge difference between the world God originally created and the one we live in now that erupts with volcanos, earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, and tsunamis.
• We are living on a once flawless planet.
• The Bible tells us that when sin entered the world, all of nature was cursed.

…the ground is cursed because of you. By hard work you will eat food from it all the days of your life. Genesis 3:17 NLT

• We must accept the fact that we live in a fallen world or a world that has been cursed because of sin.

20 Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, 21 the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. 22 For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. Romans 8:20-22 NLT

Erwin W. Lutzer An act of God? “Mankind, now tainted with sin, could not live in a perfect, sinless environment. So, creation became an impersonal victim of Adam’s personal choice to rebel. Nature is cursed because man is cursed”

• We can understand why natural disasters occur.
• What we do not understand is why God allows them to occur.
• Because He does have the power to stop them

2. God is sovereign

When Jesus woke up, he rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Silence! Be still!” Suddenly the wind stopped, and there was a great calm. Mark 4:39 NLT

3. Pray and take action

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them. Romans 8:28 NLT

• Whether you believe in God or not, we all agree that the world is imperfect.
• God, however offers hope.
• Natural disasters don’t serve as God’s end in mind.

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