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Can God Prevent Tornadoes?

Hurting people so often ask, "Why, God?" Is He impotent in the face of storms? When godly Job suffered and complained, God asks him questions like: "Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding." (Job 38:4, ESV) and "Or who shut in the sea with doors when it burst out from the womb, when I made clouds its garment and thick darkness its swaddling band, and prescribed limits for it and set bars and doors, and said, 'Thus far shall you come, and no farther, and here shall your proud waves be stayed'?" (Job 38:8-11, ESV) Surely, Job felt as silly and we should.

So if the creator chuckles at our childish questions about His sovereignty, what might we ask? How about humbly acknowledging the Lord of Creation and ask, "Why did you spare me this time when I've run as far from you as anyone? I see this tiny flash of your judgment and it scares the wits out of me. Please, forgive me, I believe about you and realize that I will not breathe another breath apart from your providence. How shall I respond to the need of my neighbors whose help someday soon I will desperately need?" Based on His Word, the paraphrased answer (based on Matthew 22:37-39) is, "Repent (change direction) and believe that My Son took your punishment, live for us, love the Godhead of the Bible with all of your being and care about your neighbors as much as you do yourself."

The best human response to the questioners I have heard is John Piper on an NPR interview after the tsunami several years ago. Listen to it, you will be deeply enlightened: click here.

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