Disaster Reflections

“Do not be a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster.” (Jeremiah 17:17)

Hurricane Katrina and last year’s Asian tsunami reminded me that often times when Christians hear about natural disasters happening in the world, inevitably there would be two cliched “Christanly” responses you hear from some well-meaning Christians trying to “spiritualize” the situation: either they will claim the disaster as God’s punishment on the people (as if they elevate themselves to put words in God’s mouth), or they will say the end time is coming soon because of increasing earthquakes and disasters, blah blah blah (as if to show off their knowledge of the end times).

To me, God has so much more that He wants to speak to us in the day of disaster than this. Here are some Bible passages we should all reflect upon in the day of national and personal disaster:

1. God’s compassion for the needy
“For the LORD hears the needy and does not despise His who are prisoners. ” (Psalm 69:33)

2. God rises to action for the afflicted
“‘Because of the devastation of the afflicted, because of the groaning of the needy, now I will arise,’ says the LORD. ‘I will set him in the safety for which he longs.'” (Psalm 12:5)

3. Man’s reliance on God’s protection
“Do not be a terror to me; You are my refuge in the day of disaster.” (Jeremiah 17:17)

4. Disasters remind us that needy people have always been around us and we need to help them
“For the poor will never cease to be in the land; therefore I command you, saying, ‘You shall freely open your hand to your brother, to your needy and poor in your land.'” (Deuteronomy 15:11)

5. Disasters test our character
“For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again, but the wicked stumble in time of calamity.” (Proverbs 24:16)

6. Disasters awaken us to our need to rectify our relationship with God
“As it is written in the law of Moses, all this calamity has come on us; yet we have not sought the favor of the LORD our God by turning from our iniquity and giving attention to Your truth.” (Daniel 9:13)

7. Disasters reveal to us how much we love the world more than we love God
“Their inner thought is that their houses are forever And their dwelling places to all generations; they have called their lands after their own names. But man in his pomp will not endure; he is like the beasts that perish.” (Psalm 49:11-12)

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One thought on “Disaster Reflections

  1. what a beautiful post. after reading so many things from Christians refusing to give any compassion to the victims of the hurrican at all .. it was good to read this :)

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