God was not in the wind
by Bruce Piercey and Jeff Adams, projects manager for Asia and communications director
A conversation about where God is when disasters like Typhoon Haiyan strike, void of mercy.
(Jeff): I was doing a radio interview yesterday about Samaritan’s Purse’s response to Typhoon Haiyan, and one of the questions surprised me. It was: “What is the stance of your organization as to why God allows these disasters to happen?”
I pointed my interviewer toward the story of the Good Samaritan in Luke chapter 10. As Jesus told the parable, He didn’t spend time addressing why the traveler was viciously attacked by robbers and left on the side of the road to die. What He focused on was how the man was helped by a generous, merciful, and compassionate passerby. It’s the same with Samaritan’s Purse.
(Bruce): I heard your interview, Jeff, and your response was very good. So often when awful things like Typhoon Haiyan happen, we look for God in the disaster’s midst and think “How could You?”
But—in reference to another story from the Bible—what was true about Elijah’s experience in the cave is true today: God is not in the wind. God is not in the earthquake, or the fire. God is in the still, small voice that comes after the raucous explosions of our world’s disasters. He is present in the acts of mercy and compassion that happen as a result of them. We see this happening already in the Philippines.
My prayer is that Samaritan’s Purse will hear God’s gentle whisper as we’re on the ground responding over the coming days, weeks, and months.
Then a great and powerful wind tore the mountains apart and shattered the rocks before the Lord, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper. When Elijah heard it, he pulled his cloak over his face and went out and stood at the mouth of the cave (1 Kings 19:11-13).
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