A couple of years ago, those of us in the Tennessee Valley and North Georgia witnessed a series of horrific tornadoes in our area. In the aftermath, we heard stories of destruction unlike anything most of us ever experienced. People from our church went to affected areas to assist in cleanup, and were stunned by the sheer devastation. Lives were uprooted like so many trees, and left so many people with lots of questions…
“Why did that tornado miss this house and that one, but wiped out mine?”
“Why did my family survive unscathed while others have lost everything?”
“Where was God when my life blew away with the wind?”
To be honest with you, I don’t know. But here is what I do know…
I know that God is a good God.
I know that the Bible says that rain falls on the just and unjust alike.
I know that, in spite of the storms, recent earthquakes in places like Guatemala, tsunamis in places like Japan and Indonesia, 9-11, Benghazi, and the current crisis in Syria… God is still on His throne.
And, I know that He still loves you.
Faith is what we celebrate during good times, and cling to during bad times. Faith is what gives us the strength to echo the words of Job, “I know that my Redeemer lives”.