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How to Respond to Natural Disasters

Written by  Rev. Sam Chan
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How to Respond to Natural Disasters

Rev. Dr. Sam Chan
Senior Pastor of Richmond Hill Christian Community Church


Why do we have natural disasters?

God has not revealed in the Bible why there are natural disasters, but we know that the secret things belong to the Lord our God (Dt 29:29). As parents do not necessarily explain everything to their children, we just have to wait patiently for God’s time. There is no need for us to make wildguesses or offer answers to justify God’s deeds. We all know that God loves us and He has taught us how to respond to calamities in the world. There are four points to remember:

  1. We live in a world that has been greatly marred by sin. Since the fall of men, the ecology of the world has been greatly damaged with serious consequences. Nature is no longer in good terms with mankind. (Ro 8:20-22)

  2. Evil does not originate from God who does not tempt anyone or cause people to sin and die. Does God use suffering to judge people? The Bible says, “For it is time for judgment to begin with the family of God…” (1Pe 4:17). This is to say that judgment begins with the children of God, but an earthquake is a natural phenomenon that causes deaths among Christians, Buddhists, Muslims and atheists alike. These are terrible tragedies, but they are not God’s judgment.

  3. It hurts God’s heart to see people suffer and die. Our Lord does not willingly bring affliction or grief to men and He takes no pleasure in the death of anyone (La 3:33; 18:32).

  4. The reality of this world is that we will all die, either by natural or other causes. However, death is not the end of our lives. Sin may bring death into the world, but we can receive eternal life by repentance and accepting Christ as our Saviour. With this understanding, we realize that instead of asking ‘why’, we should ask ‘what’ we should do to help those who are in the midst of great suffering. How can we care for them and lead them to accept the one true God?

What should we do?
If it is in our power to act, we should not withhold good from those who deserve it (Pr 3:27; Job 30:25). Let’s do three things today: 1) Pray for the country and people who are suffering. 2) Give generously to relief efforts. 3) If possible, take part in the relief assistance in person.
God commands us to do good and share with others. (Heb 13:16) This is a good demonstration of our love for God and others, and such good deeds are pleasing to Him (1Jn 3:17; Tit 3:14; Mt 5:40). Most importantly, this is our testimony of a lifetime of following Christ’s example to love and serve others (Isa 58:10; Php 2:4-5). We encourage brothers and sisters not only to participate in church offering, but get involved in fund raising activities, especially in cooperation with non-Christians. Let’s ignite the light of hope and bring comfort to the people who are in desperate need of love and care. Our ultimate goal is to glorify God’s name.

What should we be careful of?
There is always a danger in relief work for victims of natural disasters. We are tempted to judge the sincerity of others, criticizing their reluctance to give more or put in more efforts. We are also tempted to compare and compete with other organizations. Dear friends, don’t fall into these traps. May all offering, prayers and fundraising activities come from joyful and honest hearts. We are not to give reluctantly or in response to pressure, for God loves a cheerful giver. We have no idea how much others have grieved and prayed for the victims. That is why we will not criticize or compare with others. Instead, let’s all strive to do what we are able to do - act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly with our Lord (Mic 6:8).
“Dear Lord, You are our refuge and strength, always ready to help us in times of trouble. Have mercy on us. Save us with Your mighty hands. Help those who are in suffering, give us hope for our hope is in You!”

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