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"We know that God wouldn't do that to us again." - overheard on the news, some channel, some LA parish, this week during reports of the oncoming Hurricane Rita

I think what storms and devastation prove most is that we are not God, and that we don't understand Him or His ways. It's a fine line between "God caused this" and "God allowed this". Whichever way it works out, ultimately we are driven to Him. There's sin and evil in the world, and it plays out in our hearts and in our weather patterns. When it's all said and done, Jesus grieves and mourns with us, and He celebrates and rejoices with us. To assume that "oh, He wouldn't let that happen again" is to presume too much. Instead, it might actually happen as the even-worst-case scenario - are we still going to worship and follow hard after Him?


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Very well said.


23/9/05 8:44 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great post!

The part about still following after Him is especially poignant to me.

I deal with doubt a great deal of the time. I hate to admit that my Father has seen me drift, come a little closer, drift, closer still, drift... But during the "close" periods I am amazed at how much acceptance and love I feel welcomed back with.

I am also amazed that it seems without my doubt, my faith would somehow lack. I guess I need my weak moments to appreciate my times of strength.

I was saved a long time ago and have never completely lost it, but I have moments of profound doubt and questioning. My life is rich and I am lucky, I just have trouble making all the pieces of my belief fit together in a way that satifies me.


23/9/05 9:24 AM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

To blame it on God is the easy thing to do. That is what we are apt to do, take the easy road. It is harder to have a relationship with God so we'll take the easy route by become fundamentalist or wish washy. It is easier to keep silent or to speak in rhetoric than it is to know what it is we believe and be able to speak with passion from the Holy Spirit. Unfortunately, to blame God for a natural disaster is equally as easy.

23/9/05 9:37 AM  
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23/9/05 10:43 AM  
Blogger Rick said...

thanks for the tag - and for the thoughts. i've got another discussion going on with folks about how much God is involved, predestination vs foreknowledge. i really see it as two sides of the coin - both/and. we just don't know, and that big question of still following after Him when we're unsure of it all - that's huge.

23/9/05 12:33 PM  
Blogger The Cubicle Reverend said...

Great, just what I need to be doing this weekend. Over thinking an intellectual quandry. Thanks man.


23/9/05 1:38 PM  

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