“The Lord, the LORD Almighty– he touches the earth and it melts, and all who live in it mourn; the whole land rises like the Nile, then sinks like the river of Egypt.” (Amos 9:5)
“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.'” (Isa 46:10)
God is working, and who can speak?
There are earthquakes, tsunamis, tornadoes — His power does what it will.
He raises up some, and humbles others. Who can instruct Him in what He is doing?
His purposes are vast and good. But destruction is one of His tools. His loved ones experience trauma and catastrophe. Their contentment is ripped from them. A storm rages around them.
They must sit in silence. The Lord has laid it on them.
The Almighty is working, and who can speak?
“He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the ash heap; he seats them with princes and has them inherit a throne of honor. ‘For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; on them he has set the world.'” (I Samuel 2:8)
“He changes times and seasons; he deposes kings and raises up others.” (Daniel 2:21)
“As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, and do not return to it without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish, so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater, so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.” (Isa 55:20)
I can only endure what is going on around me, though the trials seem too large to bear.
It is not something I need to fix
Instead I need to stand back and be awed
And then do what I can
Knowing these things must happen
God speaks with a small whisper
But he works with avalanches of ice.
What seems destructive to me is a necessary force
And like the cross, that which seems the worst, brings forth the best.
“though the LORD makes his life an offering for sin, he will see his offspring and prolong his days, and the will of the LORD will prosper in his hand.” Isa 53:10
“My eyes will watch over them for their good” Jer 24:6