Do Tragedies Come from God?
Adapted from a daily devotional by Andrew Wommack
Every detail of the lives of every man or woman who has ever walked on the earth has not impacted the world as much as the few recorded details of the life of Jesus. Jesus was not just a man, He was God manifest in the flesh (1 Tim. 3:16).
In Acts 10:38, Peter gave us a very brief, yet descriptive, summary of the life and ministry of Jesus. He said Jesus was anointed with power and with the Holy Ghost.
And Jesus used this power to do good, not evil. And He was the express image of God.
This is one of the main characteristics of God and is one of the easiest ways to discern what is from God and what is from the devil. God is a good God, and the devil is a bad devil. If it's bad, it's from the devil. If it's good, it's from God!
Tragedies can come from three sources: God, Satan, and natural law.
In the Old Testament, God did use nature to bring judgment. However, New Testament believers are exempt from this punitive judgment of God because Jesus bore it all for us on the cross at Calvary.
Satan is the source of much of the calamity that people ascribe to God, and many problems arise because people violate the natural laws that God put into motion. If a person drives recklessly and kills himself, it's not God or the devil that killed him. He violated natural law and thus paid the price.
It is incorrect to believe that God controls everything and, therefore, always has some redemptive design in tragedies. This type of thinking will lead us to ignore the devil, thereby giving him a free hand to destroy our lives. It will also cause us not to use wisdom concerning natural laws because we will think that nothing can happen unless God wills it.
God can bring incredible good from tragedies, but He is not the cause of them.
Remember that God is always a good God.
“O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” —Psalms 34:8