Where is God in Japan?
“How could God allow something like this to happen?” is the most-asked question in times of natural disaster. This week, as Japan still reels from the devastation caused by the earthquake and tsunami, they are faced with new risks from an overheated nuclear reactor and winter snow. When does it end? What can we do? And most of all, WHY is it even happening? No one can really answer that last question. We all have our theories, especially when it pertains to God. Some answer it by denying his existence. Others place the blame on a world that has been damaged by humanity’s selfishness. Some claim it’s just random chance, while some blame the devil or evil powers. Some even say God caused it for a greater purpose. No one really knows for sure. And even if someone had the right answers, would that really do anything to ease the pain of someone who lost a family member or home? Not at all.
Instead of trying to answer impossible questions, I prefer to focus on what I do know: God exists. As the girl in the picture is reading, He really is King of Kings and Lord of Lords over the whole earth, including Japan. I have seen His work in so many ways I can’t even count anymore. He understands our pain. Through Jesus, God experienced our heartbreak, our fears, and even physical pain and death. He cried. He got exhausted and overwhelmed at times. He got angry sometimes. Everything we face, and every question we have asked, He has known firsthand. Finally, He is good. In times like these, it’s easy to question that. We want to put the blame on someone, as it helps us deal with the pain. But looking back at every painful moment in my life, I can see how God was able to bring a much greater good out of it. I’m sure He can do the same with Japan, even if we’re not seeing it right now.
What it really comes down to is faith. God is good, even now. Can you trust that? A friend of mine suggested that it is not having a huge faith that makes a person strong. Rather, it only takes a small amount of faith in very great circumstances. That’s the test of who we really are. In talking about people who had overcome great circumstances, he said, “I used to think they were amazing in spite of the impossible odds. But it was the impossible odds that made their faith amazing. Those circumstances they found themselves in made them realize how much more they needed God. Maybe that’s why Christ compared faith to a mustard-seed. You don’t need a lot of it, you just need to see the size of the circumstances you need it in. I pray that I realize I need FAITH MORE… not more faith.” (Andrew Chandler)
What questions do you have for God? Have you found a way to hold on to faith in hard times like this? What’s your story?