"As you weep in prayer for those who are downtrodden, the keys stir up the power of Heaven to answer your heartcry and fight on behalf of those who cannot fight for themselves."

Why Disasters?

First Published November 1980

One of the greatest questions that has plagued the world for ages is "why disasters?" Why earthquakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, wars and famines that wipe out tens of thousands of people, why? Why does it so often seem to strike the poor and the needy and the helpless and children and the innocent?

In order to understand the problem and know the answer, you must believe in God and His love and His faithfulness and His righteousness, goodness, mercy, justice and fairness. Then you know there has to be an answer, a good answer, why He has to do this or allow it to happen.

If you have total confidence in the future and in a future, better, life after death, then you can certainly understand why God, even in His mercy, would take thousands of people out of this horrible world and their suffering and pain and agony and oppression and poverty caused by man himself and his own sins. When they get to the point where they're possibly suffering beyond endurance, He releases them and takes them into a better world!

The thing is, people have difficulty getting over this habit of considering death a complete curse, that it's awful that all these tens of thousands of people should be killed in great disasters. Well, it's not awful, death is not a curse for them, it's a blessing, a mere gateway, an entrance to a better life in which they'll be relieved of all this.

Therefore great disasters that sweep thousands of lives into the next are undoubtedly in some way good for the people involved. For many it will be a release from the agony and the punishment and the pain--like Lazarus the beggar who begged at the rich man's door and the dogs licked his sores.

The Lord says he suffered his here and had his evil things here, but in the afterlife he's going to have his good things. whereas the selfish rich man had his good things here and he was going to suffer for his sins in the afterlife. "But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. (Luke 16:25)

God is just and God is thorough and "every man will be rewarded according to his works" and his sins. "Also unto thee, O Lord, belongeth mercy: for thou renderest to every man according to his work."(Psalms 62:12) "I the LORD search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings. (Jeremiah17:10) "For the Son of man shall come in the glory of his Father with his angels; and then he shall reward every man according to his works." (Matthew 16:27) "For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad." (2 Corinthians 5:10) "I am he which searcheth the reins and hearts: and I will give unto every one of you according to your works." (Revelation 2:23) And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works. (Revelation 20:13) "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be."

(Revelation 22:12)

Certainly not everybody deserves the same kind or amount of punishment or the same severity of judgement as do the worst of sinners. Many simply never heard about the gospel or Jesus, didn't know about His love and were ignorant of their master's will. God probably has as varied terms and means of punishment and correction in the afterlife as there are in this life.

He makes a difference between few stripes and many stripes,but whether few or many, they all come to an end. There comes a time when the sinner has paid for his sins, when they have received enough to have accomplished God's purpose to cause them to see the light, be sorry, and change. and from what God has shown us, we're even to pray for them that they will repent in the afterlife and be spared from further retribution and punishment.

So God is just, God is loving, God is pure, God is holy, God is perfect, and everything will work out perfectly in the long run. There will be perfect judgement and punishment for the wicked, and perfect reward for the righteous and the believer and the one who obeyed the Lord.

So why weep for those who have gone on to the next life? They are the blessed ones! Those who didn't die, who still stay behind, are still having to suffer in order to learn what life is all about. Suffering does one of three things:

It purifies and humbles and cleanses the saved and draws us even closer to God; it turns some of the unsaved to God, brings some of the wicked to repentance and salvation as in their suffering they cry unto the Lord; and then the totally unrepentant, renegade or utterly wicked, it causes them to curse God all the more and therefore be all the more deserving of His judgements.

It's for the millions who still live that we need to pray and whom we need to reach with the gospel and the love of Christ and the message of salvation and His forgiveness and happiness. The living dead, who can still be saved here and now, and miss all that!

To us who believe, it's obvious what God is doing in these disasters: He's either punishing the wicked, or releasing the righteous out of this evil life--or both! Because the works of God are good and not evil! They may appear to some people to be evil.

No matter what happens, what great disasters befall the poor and the meek, "they shall inherit the earth"! (Matthew 5:5) Those who die, if they were good and did the best they knew how, they are better off and out of the suffering and agony of this world.

David Berg

Edited by Almondtree Productions