COMMENTARY

God And The Hurricanes

How could God let this happen?

The foregoing question presumes, and rightly so that there is a standard by which God adheres. But it also proffers that our understanding of life puts us in a position to question, challenge, or explain God’s active or passive involvement.

And there is merit in the inquiry of God, more so of ourselves. For where the answer about God may be skeptical and speculative, assuming or more rightly presuming, we are in the conversational or relationship loop with God.

The question where were you and what did you do to remedy or alleviate the situation may be more relevant and to the point instead of God’s supposed actions or inactions.

Pointing to God might be a way to claim like Pilot that the situation is out of our hands which, of course, left much to be desired.

We may be relatively overwhelmed in confronting a storm or earthquake but not overmatched in our generosity, compassion, or forgiveness.

And when we rise to give the best of ourselves, the question of “Where was God?”, Why did God allow this to happen?” gives way to a clearer picture of our own belief of what God requires of us when others wonder about Him.

If we wish to explain God’s inaction or inattention to our concerns, I hope it won’t be that God has withdrawn though that in itself is also a possibility. 

Rather, exhaust your storehouse of kindness, sharing, caring, and well-doing before you ask of God what you may not yet ask of yourself.

The nature of God may be difficult to explain anyway, but a man reaching out to a stranger to make him a friend, or laying his barn open so a desperate situation can be fixed or remedied, answer the questions more succinctly that a verbose theological blowhard.

Those questions require us to respond with actions of compassion, not excuses. Excuses are no match for the will to make a bad situation better.

Peter Peterkin, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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