Things Gone Wrong Can Be Life
Acts of Nature
Scripture Reading: Acts 11:25-30
Key Verse: Acts 11:27-28
During this time some prophets came down from Jerusalem to Antioch.  One of them, named Agabus, stood up and through the Spirit predicted that a severe famine would spread over the entire Roman world. (This happened during the reign of Claudius.)
What are Bible-believers supposed to think of famines, tornadoes, hurricanes, earthquakes, and all other “acts of nature”? Do all acts of nature have a divine purpose behind them? Does the devil cause these disastrous weather problems in our world?
The Bible does not give clear answers to these questions. But since Jesus did say that the sun shines and the rain falls on the good and the bad, we can deduce that not all acts of nature have “other world” powers behind them.
Yes, sometimes life “just happens.” God did not create the world and walk away, nor did He create the world just to mess with it. God allows the natural forces of nature to work. This is not to say that God and the devil could not be behind some events that people believe are simply “acts of nature!”
Today’s Scripture Reading describes some prophets that foretell of a coming famine. The prophets predicted that the famine would cover the entire Roman world. Their prediction of the famine does not necessarily tell us God was the cause.
The early church did not debate who caused the famine. They simply helped those whom the famine affected. They seemed to understand that these things happen. It is just “life” in this world. With God’s help we deal with it!
One of the good things that come out of natural disasters is that God’s people consistently step up and help those whom these disasters harm. In 2009 our government finally recognized faith-based organizations as vital on a national level. They realized that when all the secular organizations went home, God’s people faithfully stayed at it.
Father, I look forward to Heaven, but until then help me lean on Your grace to help me with this life. In Jesus’s Name, amen.