Earthquakes, Tsunamis, Japan and Psalms 46

QuestionWhy Did God allow an 8.9 Earthquake to Strike and trigger a Tsunami crushing Japan? A question that arises in times of tragedy such as the one last week. A question that came to me this past weekend – I gave the simplest answer I could think of.

Answer: Because of Adam’s sin that took place in Genesis 3:1-7 (which represented all of mankind) God states to Adam in Genesis 3:17-19 this,

“Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your face you shall eat bread, till you return to the ground, for out of it you were taken; for you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Then reading why these things happen because of man’s sin… it dawned on me just how good God really is. While mankind, in Adam fell into sin, reaping the repercussions of that sin on this earth, God would then promise not leave mankind in what it deserves but making covenant with man in Genesis 3:14-15 of a deliverer to come and save them.

“Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

My prayer for Japan is that they may see that deliverer that God promised mankind, Jesus Christ. Then they can sing with the Sons of Korah Psalms 46.Psalms

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”  The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

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