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Q:

When a country experiences a bad natural disaster, is it because God is judging them for some sin they've committed? If so, why don't other countries go through the same thing, since most of them aren't all that righteous?


A:

We must be very cautious about saying that God judged a nation’s sin by causing a specific disaster to take place — because we simply don’t know. Jesus called Satan “the prince of this world” (John 16:11), and no doubt he is the author of all kinds of evil and destruction.

But what we do know is this: God can use tragic events to turn us to Himself. After all, it’s easy to go through life without ever thinking about God, as long as our way is smooth and we think we can handle our problems on our own. But what happens when our lives are in danger, or we come up against something we can’t solve? Then we should realize that we need God after all, and — perhaps for the first time in our lives — we’ll turn to Him and seek His help.

I often think, for example, of Jonah in the Old Testament. He fled from God and wanted nothing more to do with Him, but then a fierce storm came, and Jonah was cast into the sea and swallowed by a giant fish. Then Jonah repented and God forgave him — but it took a fierce storm to bring him to that point.

Don’t wait until something like this happens to you before you turn to God! God loves you; He loves you so much that His Son, Jesus Christ, was willing to die for you. By faith ask Him to come into your life, and then make it your goal to live for Him every day.

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  1. Sherry says:

    I learned a profound truth about faith from one of your older sermons that had been re-broadcast a few years ago. You said that we all practice some kind of faith everyday – like driving. When we approach a hill we have faith that the approaching driver will stay on his side of the road. We don't stop the car near the top and get out to ensure that the drivers are on their side of the road. We just drive on having faith that they will be on their side of the road. You said that if we have that kind of faith for other drivers, then we should be able to have faith in Jesus that He is our Personal Savior and through Him we will have a better life and will eventually reside with Him in Heaven.

  2. Mike says:

    You have always spoken what is truth, I praise the Lord Jesus for you and your ministry!

  3. Paul says:

    My verse that has helped me thru these past 3 years is Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God. For me I have lost my job, 08, wife divorced me in 09, after 30 years. Hospitalized 3 time in 09 for depression because of the divorce. Attempted suicide because of the divorce. I (God) called 911 because I don't remember dialing the number. Had a tia, small stroke, while in the hospital my heart stopped, 40 seconds, a month after the divorce. They were going to send me home the day before. Have a defibrillator implanted. My children would not talk to me for almost a year. One told me that as far as they are concerned I was dead to them and had been for a long time. Even my Dad told me that it was my fault because of the divorce. But despite all of this I feel very Blessed by God for he could have called me home twice. I cannot turn my back on Him for He has something in mind for me to do. What is it, I do not know, but He does not make mistakes, I sure have.

  4. Dorothy says:

    This is a question that I have been asked frequently in recent months since the daily news is full of disasters of all kinds. I will be able to share your thoughts with others. Thank you so much. As with so many others, your ministry has been an encouragement to me. Decision Magazine is so amazing. It expands my view of the world and how God works in truly awesome ways in the lives of people all over the globe.

  5. Olivia says:

    I request prayer for my son (kevin). My testimony, on 2/11/11 Friday night, me and my husband had just finish having bible study and prayer. As we settle down that night, we got a phone call about our son that was shot and taken to the hospital emergency room . I really could not believe it at first until we got to the emergnecy room and found out he was shot six times. O! but God is good and an awesome God. None of the major organs were damaged, he was shot twice in each arm and bullet through the back and all bullets were exited. I immediately got on the phone to the prayer warriors, me and my husband prayed before we left the house, all I could ask the Father is to spare his life. Trully God spared my sons life, although we pray for him every day, he is in our prayers as our other children. He is going home today from the hospital, he has a long process of healing in both arms but that is okay, God is still good and he sits on the throne still always, no matter what, I think about the situation all I could say is Thank you god for sparing his life. We are praying he will rededicate his life back to the Lord. Crisis we turn to the Lord for everything. Dr.Graham my grandparents watched on TV for years, Thank you for your faithfulness to the Lord and your loyalty. May God watch over you and your family and BGEA.

  6. marty says:

    Mr Graham, When I look at you and see what You have done in the ministry and helped so many people I see an Angel from God. You are truely One of Gods decibels. I get so much inspiration from all your devotionals, Thank you and God Bless you.

  7. Joshua says:

    It is true that we have to accept that all things happen for the good of those who love God. Accepting positively whatever happens is the basic virtue of Christian life.

  8. Doris says:

    Thank you Reverend Graham for all you do and have done for our world. You are truly one of God's angels here on earth.

  9. celeste says:

    My pastor at church made a comment in church that made a difference in the way I think. He said don't focus on what is happening to you, rather on what is going on in you. So, look through the eyes of your heart and always be ready to help those less fortunate than you.

  10. shirley says:

    Thanks for being a lighthouse.