Last weekend storms and tornadoes ransacked Midwestern America. We had power lines down. Elsewhere dozens were killed.
Was God protecting us? No. We listened to weather reports and warnings. We live in tornado alley.
Was God judging others? No. They listened to weather reports and warnings. They live in tornado alley, too.
Was God trying to communicate something? No. He did not write the weather reports, the tornado debris did not spell anything, and each year in the USA hundreds of tornadoes are reported with an average of 70-80 deaths.
A large tornado can rip through a house in less than five seconds. It would not be wise to throw caution to the wind and ignore the weather reports and warnings.
More frequently, somewhere around the world, two people die every second of every day.
Yet, people are more likely to consult weather reports for storms than they are to consult the Bible to learn what God is doing to save us from death.
Natural tragedy can show us that life is short and fragile, which should then show us our need for the power and peace of God and eternal life through Jesus Christ.
God did not send storms to tell us that. He told us in the inspired dispensational report found in scripture.
It shows how we are all sinners (and that not based on how many tornadoes we survive).
It explains how God judges, protects, and saves (through Jesus Christ and not tornadoes).
There God communicates his will (which all last week was to see all men saved by grace through faith).
It describes this present world as evil (Gal 1:4), and that God is not communicating through tornadoes (1 Kings 19:11; 2 Tim 3:16-17).
Weather radars remove a lot of guesswork when it comes to storms. The Bible removes a lot of guesswork when it comes to God’s purpose.
Unlike the weather reports which show up minutes before tornadoes pass through, the Bible has been on your shelf for years. When we understand it rightly divided, we can still learn what God is doing today.
For your edification,
Justin “anchored” Johnson