As I was browsing the social networking sites this morning, friends and family shared links, pictures, updates, thoughts and just about anything that concerns Japan’s catastrophe happened last Friday. But only one thing caught my attention, which was posted by a friend in Facebook:
“Question: If God loves everyone, and if His grace always does follow wherever/whatever your situation is, does that mean His grace followed the 88,000 (yes…eighty-eight thousand) people that went missing in Japan? Help me with this one.”
To answer the question, YES. In Psalm 139:7-10 it says (and I paraphrase) ‘God is everywhere.’ There is no place that He cannot see us for He is the Omnipresent God. But to answer, ‘Why He let all these things happened’? Then I will not have a direct answer but that everything happened for a reason. My mind can only grasp so much but my heart knows that in all of these things, God is there. In James 1:17 it says that ‘God is greater in our hearts and He knows everything.’
There’s this conversation between God and Satan that is always in my mind.
God : I love my people and I will do anything for them.
Satan : These people don’t love you. Not at all! And even if they do, with just a little pain inflicted on them, they will turn away from you. I can prove you that.
Look around us… Could it be that the chaos in Japan along with all other calamities that hit other nations in the previous years was what Satan was telling God?
Yes it could be. So we ask again, why did God let Satan do this to us?
Satan did all these things so he can prove that we didn’t love our God. But God, with all His grace and mercy make this chaos an opportunity for us to really see Him and grow in our faith that indeed He loves us genuinely, no matter what we think of it. When God created each and every one of us, He did not create us like robots that He can program to just tell Him that He is loved by His creation. But instead we were given free will and it’s from our hearts that we decide if we love Him.
I knew people who, despite of all the bad things that happened to them, they chose to love and serve God. But I also knew people who chose to turn away from Him. It’s also so easy for God to say who loves Him and who doesn’t.
God can also choose to turn His back from us but instead in the midst of these tragedies God is there…
In every opportunity to help others, God is there.
In moments that show sympathy and genuine concern for others, God is there.
In times that someone needs comfort, God is there.
In the most desperate circumstance, God is there.
God is in the midst of these chaos. He is in the very hearts of people who believes in Him in spite of all these tragedies.
Isaiah 55:8 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,” declares the LORD.