Commentary: Japan Tragedy an Act of God?

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Natural disasters like the one in Japan were once called "acts of God."

But many Christians are uncomfortable saying that their loving God could allow such terrible destruction and pain.

Read below or click play for commentary from CBN News Reporter Lee Webb on how Christians should respond to the devastation in Japan:

We don't object to describing God as sovereign, but are we willing to embrace all that word means?

The fact is that scripture is replete with examples of God's sovereign power over nature.

The Psalms declare that the ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and clouds, and the stormy winds do His bidding.

They also tell us that He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea.

To be sure, we should never pretend to know why God does such things. Some seemingly wise men got into a lot of trouble trying to explain God's decision-making process to their friend, Job, when his world seemed to collapse.

Later, when God addressed Job, there was no uncertainty in his voice when He asked, "Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble?"

And if we're tempted to think that a disaster is God's judgement on a particular land or people, keep in mind that God causes the rain to fall on the just and unjust.

While we shouldn't worry about why, we can be assured of how He wants us to respond.

The Bible tells us to mourn with those who mourn, and to supply all the comfort and relief that Jesus provided to the hungry, sick and the afflicted.

The Apostle Paul exhorts us to, "Be imitators of God as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself for us."

That's what motivates CBN's Operation Blessing to do what it does in times of disaster -- to be the closest thing to Jesus that some folks may ever see.

Yes, God is sovereign.

That means He's not wringing His hands over what's happening in Japan or any place else on earth.

He didn't speak the world into creation only to let it spin out of control.

God controls every atom on this planet and beyond, and He knows every hair on our heads.

But the same God who is awesome in power is also amazing in His grace.

He's a God who likes to take things that are broken and make them better than they were before.

That's why we can call "Almighty God" our friend and redeemer.

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Lee Webb

Lee Webb

CBN News Anchor

Lee Webb serves as news anchor for The 700 Club, the flagship program of The Christian Broadcasting Network. He also anchors Newswatch, CBN News' 30-minute daily news program. As a 31-year veteran in the television news business, Lee brings a wealth of expertise and credibility to CBN News.  Follow Lee on Twitter @LeeVWeb and "like" him at Facebook.com/LeeWebbCBN.