by Stan Coffey

Hurricanes, Floods, and God
Stan Coffey
Luke 3:1-5

1. The minds and hearts of all Americans are with the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The cities of New Orleans, Gulfport and Biloxi have been totally wiped out. Tens of thousands of people are now homeless, having lost everything in this terrible storm.

2. Many have asked the question, where was God when this storm ravaged the lives of so many? Was this a judgment of God on these particular cities? What does the Bible say at a time such as this?

3. Jesus dealt with this issue at least two times. First notice what He said in Matt. 5: 43-45: "You have heard that it was said, Love your neighbor and hate your enemy. But I tell you, love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be the sons of your Father in heaven. For He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

4. Were the people of Biloxi and Gulfport and New Orleans more
deserving of a storm to be sent upon them than the people of Amarillo? No,
Jesus said, "He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends
rain on the righteous and the unrighteous."

5. In other words, Hurricane Katrina devastated the lives of both the
evil and the good; the righteous and the unrighteous. God did not pick these
cities out for some particularly harsh judgment because they were worse than
some other cities.

6. Then notice the words of Jesus in Luke 3:1-5, "At that time some
people came and reported to Him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had
mixed with their sacrifices. And He responded to them, 'do you think that
these Galileans were more sinful than all Galileans because they suffered
these things? No I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all perish as
well!. Or those eighteen that the tower in Siloam fell on and killed--do you
think that they were more sinful than all the people who live in Jerusalem ...

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