George Lawson reminds us of some important truths to keep in mind–especially when we experience deep suffering and loss. He knew the Tittle family in Arkansas–the family who buried three loved ones yesterday and whose house was leveled to the ground by the tornado that hit last Sunday. Great and needed words here:
Out of all the places for a tornado to touch down in Little Rock, why the Tittles’ home? Not only were 3 out of 11 family members taken but their entire two story home was reduced to the concrete foundation it was built on.
Was God caught off guard? Did He not know?
Was God aware but just powerless to prevent this disaster? Was He not able?
Or was God so preoccupied with some other place in the universe, that He ignored the inevitable path of the storm? Did He not care?
A god, that does not know, is not able or does not care, is a small and pathetic deity, who is not worthy of worship, adoration or trust. Ultimately a small god can offer no comfort for what happened on Sunday night. None.
The only God sufficient for a Big Storm is a Big God — The omniscient, omnipotent, omnipresent and omnibenevolent God of the Bible. He hasn’t lost control. He is the One who has “established His throne in the heavens and His sovereignty rules over all” (Psalm 103:19). He is the One who declares “the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done” (Isaiah 46:10). He is “God Almighty” (Genesis 17:1) who fills “the heavens and the earth” (Jeremiah 23:24). And He is also the One who is the “Father of mercies and God of all comfort” (2 Corinthians 1:3). What comfort would a small god be able to offer anyone?
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