Catastrophy and War

Having put aside my daily devotion for the weekend, I picked back up the book In the Shadow of Grace - The Life and Meditations of G. Campbell Morgan this morning.  Picking up where I had left off, I started reading chapter 5 titled "When Tragedy Strikes".

I continue to be enthralled with the writings of this man and the applicable ideas the book brings out.
During the life and ministry of Morgan, He experienced to major events in which he wrote and preached about.   The first being the sinking of the Titanic and the second a couple years later was the beginning of World War 1.

I found Morgan's view on both events similar to my own and how he approached each from a spiritual perspective.  Morgan displayed the love of God on both accounts through His words and sermons preached by not casting judgment on those responsible for the Titanic's journey or on the voyage.  Morgan had experienced the loss of several friends in the disaster as well.

In regards to the war, this was tough for Morgan.  He was a self-proclaimed pacifist, however, felt that entry into the war was necessary to prevent the further spread of evil, while at the same time praying earnestly for the lives of both sides of the war.

A number of verses are referenced throughout the chapter, but I feel one that I need to apply more frequently in my life is this:

Ephesians 6:12

For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places.

Campbell points out that war exists not because God desires war, but because of the evil that influences man.   I think this can be applied to all conflict, not just war.  
In regards to both events, Campbell shared that we, as Christians, need to be careful to pass judgement for tragedies and catastrophes that occur.  We should not assign God's wrath to the reason these things occur.

Many tragedies have impacted various people and nations since his words were shared.  From natural disasters like earthquakes, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis to man made disasters like nuclear reactors, space shuttles, plane crashes, and fires, to man orchestrated terrorism like bombings, hijackings, shootings, and 9/11.    

None of these events should be judged by man to be intentional acts of God for the purpose of bringing wrath to a people or a nation.   I am not saying they are or they are not. What I am saying is that I am incapable of discerning from any single event, how in God's mind and will, those events are being used for His greater purpose.

"We are face to face with the infinite mystery of the meaning and method of the Divine Government"


  1. I agree with your premise that neither act should be seen as a pronouncement of God against something. Stuff happens and He gets blamed for a lot of it when it is man's stupidity that often brings it about.


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