Bible Q&A: Do you believe God is trying to say something by the terrible weather we are having?
Q. Do you believe God is trying to say something by the terrible weather we are having? — Hattie Cox, N. Chesterfield, VA.
A. Let me share some of what Joel Rosenberg, Christian author and resident of Jerusalem, emailed in his blog this week:
Less than 2 weeks ago Hurricane Harvey dropped 33 trillion gallons of rainfall on the U.S., which experts say was a once-in-one-thousand-year event. This past weekend Hurricane Irma was the largest storm on record to sustain 185 mile-per-hour winds for 4 days. It will take years to recover from these. And, Hurricane Jose is close behind. At the same time, Mexico experienced the worst earthquake in a century at 8.1 on the Richter scale while also being walloped by a category 2 hurricane.
Record-breaking floods are devastating Asia with reports that half of Bangladesh, Nepal, and India are underwater. In Bangladesh alone 100,000 homes are destroyed and forty million people face severe and potentially life-threatening food and water shortages.
Russia is preparing to mass upwards of 100,000 troops on the borders of three NATO countries for a series of army games some experts fear is the prelude to war. The genocidal slaughter of Christians by ISIS continues in Syria. North Korea has tested a hydrogen bomb and ballistic missiles which they say are capable of hitting the U.S. Mainland. And, tensions over the Temple Mount and Israel’s settlements in the Western Bank are spiking again.
The Hebrew Prophet Haggai quoted God saying, “Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. I will shake all nations…and destroy the power of the kingdoms of the nations” (from Haggai 2:6- 22). And, our New Testament confirms in Hebrews 12:25-29, “See to it that you do not refuse him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from him who warns from heaven. And his voice shook the earth then, but now he has promised, saying, ‘Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heavens’” (Hebrews 12:25-26).
You decide if God is trying to get our attention! If so, he says in 2 Chronicles 7:14 that we must humble ourselves, turn from our wicked ways, and pray for our nation to be healed.
• The Rev. Dr. Tom Lovorn is pastor of God’s Storehouse Baptist Church in Richmond and he writes a weekly question and answer column for The Progress-Index. Columns are real questions from readers around the world. “Dr. Tom,” a Petersburg resident, is a long-time columnist with The Progress-Index and a former pastor in the Petersburg community.