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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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30 Comments

  1. Patricia says:

    Thank you Dr.GRAHAM. FOR YOUR OPENNESS AND CANDIDNESS WHEN IT COMES TO THE TRIALS AND TRIBULATIONS THAT WE FACE IN THIS WORLD THAT HAS SO MUCH SIN in it, I am very Blessed because my mom and I got saved at your one of your Crusades that you did in Baltimore. Maryland. May God continue to richly Bless you and your family.!!!

  2. Anthony says:

    Thank you, Mr. Graham, for an answer that is biblical, appropriate and very helpful. God does allow difficulty in our lives but HE uses only love and compassion to reach into our hearts and minds.

  3. Randy F. says:

    BGEA WHAT A EXAMPLE, A CHRIST LIKE EXAMPLE, THAT YOU HAVE FOLLOWED AND SET FOR US. GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU WITH BEGA . WORDS CANNOT GIVE THE GRATITUDE AND THE APPRECIATION I HAVE EXPERIENCED. WITH GOD ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE.

  4. roy says:

    That is a very clear answer

  5. Jane says:

    When I pray, I find I cannot thank the Lord enough or properly for all he has done for me and other family members .

  6. Brian J. says:

    Thank God for your ministry, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God. We need to be reminded of this and to repent, I believe if we all started following the commandments, and treating people like we would like to be treated this country would turn overnight, Thanks again and God Bless; Brian J.

  7. George says:

    My heart goes out to those people who do not know the LORD and do not pray when disaster strikes. As believers we can go to the LORD for help because we have “A FRIEND IN JESUS”..!!

  8. Felix says:

    All Papa Billy said is correct.Thank you Sir. Pastor Prince Felix Brand New Life Church.Friedrich Str 48.41460 Neuss.Germany.

  9. Linda says:

    One of the scriptures that comes to my mind in times of trouble is 2 Corinthians 4:8.9 “We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed”. Our God is faithful and gives us that strength through trying times. God Bless!

  10. Carol says:

    We all almost always needs a reminder that we need GOD.