The horrific tornadoes in Texas and Oklahoma this week are again showing man how helpless he is. Despite modern technology, he has no more control over tornadoes than when Job's 10 children were killed by one! You and I know this is part of a fallen “natural” world (Rom. 8:20), and won’t end until Jesus returns to establish a “new heaven and a new earth” (Rev 21:1). But try to explain that to a non-believing world looking for answers. When Job thought God owed him an explanation, God showed up in a His own tornado, with a series of questions that stopped Job in his tracks.
Maybe that is why I liked how Dr. Albert Mohler answered the secular media when they asked him if “natural” disasters were God's judgments. Mohler simply asked: “Why did no earthquake shake Nazi Germany? Why did no tsunami swallow up the killing fields of Cambodia? Why did Hurricane Katrina destroy far more evangelical churches than casinos? Why do so many murderous dictators live to old age while many missionaries die young?” Sometimes there is no answer.