We know that the whole creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time, (Romans 8:22).
Growing up, my father had one of those jobs where he was transferred on a regular basis. We moved around a lot. Of all the places where we lived, Oklahoma was the worst. I only say that for one reason: tornadoes! We only lived there one year, but in that year it seemed like we were constantly heading for the tornado shelter. It always scared the snot out of me.
I’m blown away watching the tragedy in Moore. It reminds me that the Bible teaches that nature itself has been impacted by the fall of humanity. Today’s text is a reference to that reality. Nothing is like it should be. “Mother Nature” is not always kind. Where is God in the midst of all this? I believe he grieves with those who grieve and is getting ready to change things. I hate the thought of families dealing with the death of children who did not escape. It isn’t fair. But I also think that it is a miracle that so many did escape from such devastation.
Insurance companies refer to these things as “acts of god”. I would like to think of our response to these kinds of tragedies, when done in the name of Christ, as the real acts of God. I’m sure I don’t need to ask you to pray for the people of Moore. I’d like to suggest that we can also help. There are great churches in the Oklahoma City area that will gear up to help in times like these. I personally like Life Church. Craig Groeschel and his team are the real deal. I am going to ask our church to send money to them to help with their efforts. You can get their info at http://www.lifechurch.tv.
Job lost everything. When challenged about the goodness of God he replied, “The Lord gives, and the Lord takes away. Blessed be the name of the Lord.” Job had more faith that I probably would have had in his situation. My theology would probably respond that the Lord gives and sometimes life in a fallen world takes away. But when it does, we can help give back. Let’s help out our brothers and sisters in Oklahoma. God bless you all!