UNDERSTANDING GOD AND DISASTERS ON EARTH AND WHY THEY DO HAPPEN.
To understand God and the Disasters we need to look at the parable of the children a certain rich man. Often we fail to recognize what God has given us and we take it with partiality and this has led us into destruction without understanding the freedom God has given us, we have disappointed God from the beginning and up to now we have been disappointing God given that he has given us freedom to do what we want, Initially God had given human freedom of Authority so that they may do right decisions over the responsibility he had given them to rule over the earth and have dominion over every creature, and because of immaturity still the man did not know the power that is in the authority, because God wanted human to grow in maturity over seeing and making decision and having responsibility by what he had given to them so that decisions they makes would give God glory but he was disappointed by their decision they made to allow the devil to take the Authority with his clever schemes. God did not intervene since he had already delegated to Man to have dominion over the earth, understand that God respects authority and he is very patient, so he waited for a man to come back to his senses and ask for forgiveness and God would have tried to defend him and return the Authority from the Devil, but still the man could not realize this nor did it come by his revelation so we had to suffer for a long time because the decision was made badly and authority was stolen by the devil because of sin.
God is really patient still he waited for along time for a man to repent but still he did not get any response from a man and the reason was since the authority was taken away by the devil, a Man had no option rather to continually suffer the consequences of the sin that was committed and the Devil as always happy because he took the Authority that did not belong to him by not struggling for it, the devil continually ruined the earth with sin and the world become so wicked and became a hostile world to live in.
Because God Loves Man he created he saw that the man was not going to come to repentance and his love would be wasted so he came in to intervene but this time he had to pay a very big price which costed his son’s life. But God did not look at that he was willing to loose his precious begotten son to acquire back his Love through death of his Son on cross and indeed he achieved his Love back and also saved his son and this shows that if we don’t again realize that he took us out of deep sin and fail to comply, he will have no choice because after Jesus Christ had achieved this victory of bringing back authority he still gave it to us to make another decision of following him, he was the victory.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the charge of our legal indebtedness, which stood against us and condemned us; he has taken it away, nailing it to the cross. And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians2.13-15. This shows that he achieved the victory on the cross by shedding his precious blood. So we have to know that it costed him much by paying the price and after he had come out of the grave Jesus Christ said this, though some doubted like how today still others still doubt.
Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Mathew28.16-20. Jesus Christ here was able now to the disciples about the authority he had gained on earth through his death, so it was brought back to man and after he assigned them to go and make many disciples simply he had the power over the earth to protect his people. So authority has been brought back and the same authority that was given to Man to make decisions, how ever the authority given is supposed to make decisions in building the kingdom of God, but this generation has abused that authority by again assigning it to the devil through wrong decisions that invite evil after then the allow the deceptions of the devil to sin and give away that authority. God has already paid the price so he would be able to pay another price, so you have to use the authority wisely so that the enemy will not take it away.
This is what God says.
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the Law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think someone deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified them, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know him who said, “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” and again, “The Lord will judge his people.” It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the living God. Hebrews10:26-31. So by this writing those who or we have received authority over sin through Christ Jesus if we know that then and we do continue things that are contrary to God’s commands then we are despising his authority of the victory he made on the cross, meaning we are trampling on the Grace of God he gave us for salvation, because we had failed we as human to bring this authority so it costed much by offering his only Son to die and then give us authority because his love is great.
Let’s not continue sinning after we have got the knowledge of salvation and the power that is in the salvation through Christ Jesus. Let’s embrace the grace of God to what is required of us by God. If we don’t do that then there will be no more remission for the sins because price cant be paid again except to be condemned by God for mis-using the death of his son for our gains and do things that benefit us and God is blasphemed in the process instead of getting Glory by using our Authority to overcome evil and do his work for the purpose of his glory.
Let’s look at the parable of the rich man who had two daughters and gave them freedom accordingly and see what we can learn from the parable regarding freedom, authority that is abused.
THE PARABLE OF THE TWO DAUGHTERS OF THE RICHMAN.
Sharon and Harriet:
A rich man had two daughters, called Sharon and Harriet. Sharon was the oldest and Harriet was adopted. When they grew up to be adults, they wanted their independence, so their father bought them a house to live in. They enjoyed the independence for a while, but they still felt constrained, because their father owned the house. He was a kind man, so he arranged for his solicitor to transfer the legal title for the house into the name of his daughters.
He said to them, “I want to you to be totally free from my control, so I have transferred the legal ownership of the house to you. It is now your house. You are free to do what you like in it. However, you need to understand that you are also responsible for it. Enjoy your freedom, but guard it carefully.” He knew there was a risk, but he had taught them about life and money, so he trusted them.
The two daughters really enjoyed their freedom, but after some time Sharon got bored and decided to leave home and travel overseas. Harriet was left with a house to herself.
One day Harriet heard Mr. Banker advertising on the radio, “You will have just received the new government valuation for your property. I can show you how to use the increase in equity for your benefit.” Harriet thought that this sounded pretty good, so she contacted Mr. Banker. He agreed to loan her $500,000 and took out a mortgage over the property. Harriet had a great time with the money and lots of friends, but eventually the money was gone. Harriet was unable to pay her interest, so Mr. Banker foreclosed on the mortgage and sold the property in a mortgagee sale.
The new owner of the property was Mr. Denis. He could have forced to leave, but he said she could continue to live in large hall cupboard. He then rented the rest of the house to three families of gang associates.
Life for Harriet was soon absolutely miserable. Her new neighbors invited all their friends around and gradually started wrecking the house. Harriet was stuck with people she hated in a house she loved that was being trashed.
When Harriet’s friends heard what had happened, they were shocked. Some said that Harriet had been stupid; but that would not be a very good ending to a story. Some said that Mr. Denis was cruel and mercenary, but everyone knew that already. He said that he was generous, because he could have thrown her out of the house.
Many people said that Harriet’s father should have done something to prevent the tragedy. But what could he do? He had given legal title over the house to his daughters, so he had no legal right to prevent the mortgage or the sale. Some might say that he made a mistake in giving the girls their freedom. Perhaps he should have retained legal ownership of the house, but then his girls would not have been totally free.
When Harriet’s father heard what had happened, he wept, because he loved his daughter. He had known the risk when he gave her the house that things could go wrong, but he had chosen to giver her freedom, so she would grow to maturity.
Some people say, “If God is a loving God, why does he allow disasters to destroy the lives of so many”. The reason that God does not stop disasters is that he does not have the legal authority to do so.
When God created the world it was good and beautiful with no disasters or catastrophes to kill million’s of people.
God saw all that he had made,
and it was very good (Gen 1:31)
God then did two things. He gave man (mankind) perfect freedom to choose how they would live, and he gave them legal authority over the entire earth.
God blessed them and said to them,
Be fruitful and increase in number;
fill the earth and subdue it.
Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground (Gen 1:28).
The highest heavens belong to the LORD,
but the earth he has given to man(Psalm 115:16).
You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
You made him ruler over the works of your hands;
you put everything under his feet:
all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field,
the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea,
all that swim the paths of the seas (Psalm 8:8-5).
God gave us dominion over the earth, but we did not use it wisely. The devil tricked us into obeying him, and seized our authority over the earth from us. This is why he was able to show Jesus all authority over the earth and say that it had been given to him.
The devil led him up to a high place and showed him in an instant all the kingdoms of the world. And he said to him, “I will give you all their authority and splendor, for it has been given to me (Luke 4:5,6).
The fall didn’t just affect our relationship with God, it also brought about a dramatic change to the entire earth, as the devil has used his authority to wreck destruction upon it. Although its original goodness has not been eradicated, it has become a much more dangerous place to live.
For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it (Rom 8:20).
Creation is no longer totally good, as God created it, but is in bondage to death and decay and is groaning in pain (Rom 8:21, 22). The groaning and graunching of the earth on Boxing Day, was the result.
We expect God to honor his promises and he does. He promised authority over the earth to man and he will not get involved, even when things go wrong, unless he is invited by man. He could not even send Jesus to earth on a rescue mission, until Mary and Anna and Simeon gave him permission by praying for a messiah.
Some people say that a disaster is an “Act of God”. My bible says that God is good, kind and caring.
The LORD is gracious and compassionate,
slow to anger and rich in love.
The LORD is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made (Psalm 145:8,9).
The death and destruction we have seen on television does not look like an act of this God.
Jesus said that the devil “comes to steal and kill and destroy” (John 10:10). The killing and destroying, we have seen over the last few weeks looks to me more like the results of his efforts.
Satan used a lightening storm and a mighty storm to attack Job and his family (Job 1:16,19). This shows that he has power over nature as well as the world system.
Psalm 18:7-11 could be a description of the devil causing an earthquake, as it is doubtful that God would make darkness his covering.
The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him- the dark rain clouds of the sky.
The devil is the cause of most bad things that happen on earth, so we should blame him and not God. Also most of these disasters came as a result of continuous disobedience of God’s commandments and hearing his voice. So if we fail to comply with God’s commandments then the disasters fall upon us because of sin and here it is confirmed.
If you do not carefully follow all the words of this law, which are written in this book, and do not revere this glorious and awesome name—the Lord your God— the Lord will send fearful plagues on you and your descendants, harsh and prolonged disasters, and severe and lingering illnesses. He will bring on you all the diseases of Egypt that you dreaded, and they will cling to you. The Lord will also bring on you every kind of sickness and disaster not recorded in this Book of the Law, until you are destroyed. You who were as numerous as the stars in the sky will be left but few in number, because you did not obey the Lord your God. Just as it pleased the Lord to make you prosper and increase in number, so it will please him to ruin and destroy you. You will be uprooted from the land you are entering to possess. Deutronomy28; 58-63.
As you can see the disasters are coming in form of curse after disobedience of Gods word of his law and most of us have been scattered because of disobedience. So we don’t have to blame God for scattering or bringing disaster upon us. But rather we should look for how we can repent to him then he turns away his wrath and this cant just happen in a day by continuing to pray to God for Mercy may be he will have compassion and forgive us.
God gave legal authority over this earth to us, so we must take responsibility for what happens. The immediate responsibility rests with the devil, but since we continue to give him a place on this earth, the ultimate responsibility is ours. God’s is only responsible in the sense that he gave us freedom, but we cannot really object to that.
WHAT DID THE DADDY DO?
While Harriet’s was suffering, her father did do something about the situation. One of her friends told him what had happened, so he went to Mr. Denis and bought the house from him and transferred it back into his daughters’ name. He had to pay a big price, because Mr. Denis drove a hard bargain. Harriet’s father was happy to pay any price, because he loved his daughter, even though it made a hole in his son’s inheritance.
Harriet’s father sent numerous letters to her saying that his solicitor now held the title to the house on his daughters’ behalf and that the solicitor also held a cheque to pay for the cost of restoring the house. Harriet never received the letters because the tenant’s destroyed them or she refused to open them. The tenants did not move out, because Mr. Denis never told them that he had sold the house, and they had never paid any rent anyway. Poor Harriet continued to suffer alone.
After many years, her sister, Sharon, arrived back from overseas. She had called on their father on the way home and had another letter for her sister from him. Imagine Harriet’s amazement, when she discovered that she and her sister still owned the house and could afford to restore it.
The two sisters gave the tenants immediate notice. They had to get the police to evict them, but they soon had the house to themselves. The house was soon restored back to the place of beauty it had been, when their father first gave it to them. They lived there together for many happy years, which was just what their Father wanted.
The fall created a dilemma on earth. God had the power to put things right, but he had given ownership of the earth to man, so he could not intervene. Man had stuffed things up by giving ownership to the earth to the devil, so a man had to put things right. But no man was strong enough or good enough to defeat the devil.
Jesus was the solution. He was God, so he had the goodness and the power to defeat the devil. He had to become a man, so he would also have legal authority to act on earth. Jesus destroyed the power of the devil by his death on the cross.
Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death-that is, the devil (Heb 2:14)
For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of light (Col 1:13).
Jesus came as a man and destroyed the power of the devil (Col 2:14, 15). This is why he said to his disciples, before he ascended,
All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me (Matt 28:18).
This is the effect of the cross. Jesus became the legal owner of the earth. However, he did not retain that ownership, but gave it back to his disciples, the true heirs of the original owners.
I have given you authority to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you (Luke 10:19).
The problem we now have is that Satan does willingly not give up his place here on earth. He is like the tenants in Harriet’s house, and will not move out until he is evicted. And only the lawful owners have the authority to for him to leave. That is why,
The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed (Rom 8:19).
Creation is waiting for God’s people to evict the devil, so that it can be restored back to the way it was when God created it.
On the other church, the church continues living in a world with a bad tenant assuming that he still owns it. Christians expect the world to get worse and worse, because the devil is in control. We just assume that he is still the legal owner of the earth and can work out his purpose. Like Harriet, we have not woken up to the fact that Jesus has paid the price and restored ownership of the earth back to us. We are living like trespassers in a house that we own. We are living in the broom cupboard, when our Father has made us into landlords of the entire house.
LESSONS TO LEARN AND MAKE NOTES;
- God is so wise that he can accomplish his purposes on earth, despite making himself subject to the authority of humans. 1 Samuel 1 is a good example. Hannah prayed for a baby, but God wanted to send a prophet to Israel. God had to wait until Hannah changed her prayer. As soon as she asked for a child dedicated to God, Hannah got her son and God got his prophet.
- Understanding the ownership of the earth changes the nature of prayer. Prayer is not pleading with God to change his mind and give us what we want/need. Prayer is a joint owner of this earth, finding out what God wants to do and giving him permission to it.
Whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven (Matt 18:18) Prayer is also a joint owner of the earth, forcing the devil to leave places or lives where he is now a trespasser.
Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in the spiritual world (Matt 18:18)
- Each time we don’t use our Authority in right way someone who does not deserve it takes it away and we are to blame not the person who gave us that authority.
- Each time we sin we give away our authority to the enemy the devil.
- We need God’s revelation to come back to Repentance and this can be achieved through Christ Jesus by the power of the Holy Spirit through conviction of sin.
- We should not use the freedom God has given us to sin instead we should use the freedom God has given us to make right decisions for building his Kingdom.
- Authority creates responsibility and responsibility creates freedom, therefore we should be careful not to sin because it will dramatically change our status from freedom to captivity by the devil.
- Poor decision making leads to suffering that was not part of God’s plan and we need to find out God’s will by permitting him in our loves by giving him authority that we have to accomplish his work through the Holy Spirit.
- God loves us even when we mess he forgives us when we repent and some times he comes by himself to make realize where we have gone wrong. His Love is eternal.