"To me belongeth vengeance, and recompence; their foot shall slide in due time: for the day of their calamity is at hand, and the things that shall come upon them make haste."
(Deuteronomy 32:35 KJV)
Calamity/Disaster is any great misfortune, or cause of misery; generally applied to events or disasters which produce extensive evils, as loss of crops, earthquakes, conflagrations, defeat of armies, and the like. But it is applied also to the misfortunes, which bring great distress upon individuals. The results of calamities or disasters are rarely good most think. (KJV Dictionary).
Calamities or disasters are not something you look forward to getting. But the question we must ask is, what does Our Awesome God say about these calamities or disasters? And Jesus has not left us in the dark when it comes to the issue of why things like terrorist attacks and natural disasters occur. In Luke 13:1, some people brought news to Jesus that Pilate had slaughtered some Galilean worshipers with their sacrifices. Not only did they bring news, but they also had an opinion on the news. They did not state their opinion, but Jesus revealed their thoughts when He answered them in Luke 13:2, "…Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?" Jesus responded further saying, "...Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish." (Luke 13:3 KJV) In other words, Jesus told the people: You need to change the way you think. You have no right to say that this calamity or disaster was a commentary on the lives of the Galileans; instead, this calamity is a message for everyone. If you don’t repent, then you’ll perish like them.
Jesus knew that the people believed that the tragic massacre was a direct result of some great sin of the Galileans. This kind of thinking was not new. Job’s friends accused him of some secret sin, since he was suffering. Jesus’ disciples inquired about a blind man in John 9:2 KJV, "…Who sinned, this man, or his parents, that he was born blind?" This kind of thinking makes people today to say that a tornado or a hurricane happened at a particular place and time because of a particular lifestyle or sin. Our Awesome God often uses calamities or disasters to tell or warn us that if we don't repent of our sins then we will suffer as the people in the calamity did. It is a warning! We don't always know about other people but we know about our own sins and if we need to repent, that is what we should think of first not what others may or may not have done.
Our church starts with small groups on Sunday at 9:30 AM and a Worship Service at 10:30 AM. On Sunday evening at 6:00 PM, a Bible Study meets for an hour with a September through May program for children called AWANA. We have a Prayer Meeting that meets at 7:00 PM On Wednesday. Learn with us how to use and invest your time with wisdom for Our Awesome God!
Flo & Bill