GOD’S HAND IN CALAMITY

Why and who…are they not two questions that our souls challenge God with in our lack of understanding as to why tragedy occurs? When we ask why, do we also ask if someone or something is responsible for the tragic events that take place? When we come to the question of whom, do we give responsibility to the one who is truly responsible and if so, do we attribute any responsibility to God and would we be correct in doing so? These are questions that I hope to help answer relating to this study and admittingly, I believe they will be difficult for many readers to accept. One of three primary reasons is due to the majority of churches today giving a watered down message of who God truly is, eliminating the knowledge of God as the God of perfect love, judgment, kindness, jealousy, forgiveness, holiness and wrath all in one. There are additional characteristics that contribute to the wholeness of who God is as the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, and He is perfect in all of them. Secondly, the majority of “Christians” listen to their churches and pastors and do not study the scriptures in depth to know or even question if what they are being taught in church is biblically accurate. Often, many do not realize that there are other important truths that they are not being taught. These reasons lead the flock to be misinformed and unable to believe important truths regarding whom they call their God. Lastly is the matter of true belief in Jesus Christ; you either believe or you do not believe and there is no in between (Rev 3:16). Scripture tells us that there are many in the churches that do not believe (Matthew 7:13-14, 21-23). Please ask God for an open heart and mind as you read this study and that you would verify the things in which I have written with scripture. I have included many of the scriptures within the commentary as well as many more that follow to affirm you in the truth of the Lord.

Before diving into such a difficult and controversial topic regarding God’s participation in calamity, you must first be grounded in your belief of the inerrancy of God’s word and the following verses affirm this so please review them if it is something you may question (Prov 30:5-6Gal 1:11-12, 2 Tim 3:16-17, 2 Pet 1:20-21, Rev 22:18-19). It is also vital that you understand the truth about God’s immense love for His children as well as having a biblical understanding about pain, suffering, tragedy and God’s purposes in them. I recommend that you examine these things prior to continuing in this study. If you were to only look at God’s hand in calamity without connecting His love and good purposes into the equation of scriptural truth, you would likely err in your understanding of Him and falsely accuse Him of being an overwhelmingly angry, unloving and unfair God. To help you with your understanding of these topics, you can also reference the related studies that I have completed.  Refer to “God’s Love For His Children” as well as the study called “The Joy of the Lord in the Beauty of Sorrow”.

You might ask why it would be important for us as believers to know and believe that if God were in fact ultimately responsible or the cause of calamity, why would knowing and believing this be necessary to our faith? For one reason, the more we believe God in whom He truly is while still loving Him in His severity as well as His kindness, the more we will truly love Him in His entirety. I imagine those described in Matthew 7:21-23 are some of those whom have heard and believed a false gospel; one that taught of God’s amazing love for all without consequences for sinfulness, without need for repentance and without any fear of a Holy God. I have heard “Christians” say, “My God wouldn’t do that!” when it comes to tragic circumstances and it breaks my heart because for some of them, whom they believe their God to be may not be the God whom the bible speaks of and that is why we must learn and believe who our God truly is. Another purpose in believing God’s role in calamity is the importance of knowing God’s perfect control over the universe and more specifically, in our individual lives. Matthew 10:30“But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”Jer 29:11“For I know the thoughts that I think towards you,” says the Lord, “thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope.” Eph 1:11 – In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, Rom 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. – These scriptures evidence God’s control as well as His depth of care over us; not only individually, but also corporately in “all” things, and all includes calamity. Scripture tells us so, as you will see, and to help us realize the necessity in understanding and believing this, is that if God were not in control of calamity, then who is? It is unfounded scripturally for us to say that these things happen indiscriminately and that no one is responsible. We would have a much bigger problem on our hands if God were not in control. Regarding Satan’s hand in these things, although he is often the perpetrator of destructive and calamitous events, God is the one who permits Satan to do the things that he does and we will discuss that more later when Job is referenced. As difficult as it may be for many of you to believe that God would cause calamity, if the scriptures affirm it, you must believe even if you do not understand. Regardless of the subject, if you disagree with that statement, it evidences your lack of belief in the scriptures. We should ask God for wisdom to gain understanding into the heart of God. God desires that from us and James 1:5 affirms so.

I will tell you that as difficult as it is for many of you, including myself to fully comprehend; God is the One who is the cause of all calamity on this earth, from cancer in your loved ones and death to almost 3,000 people in the World Trade Center attack in 2001. I already know that this statement will bring anger to many that I would say such a thing, but you must look at the scriptures and God’s heart behind them if your deepest desire is to know and love God in truth. Again, to reiterate, at this point you have already meditated on the depth of His love and purposes in our suffering before moving forward in this study! The Father says in Isaiah 45:7“I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.” Deuteronomy 32:39“Now see that I, even I, am He, and there is no God besides Me; I kill and I make alive; I wound and I heal; nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.” Amos 3:6“If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? 
If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?” – These are only three examples of the scriptures evidencing God’s supreme hand in calamity. They represent a multitude of scriptures that should cause us to question our own understanding of Him and hopefully lead us to desire our understanding to be of a greater depth than we had before. One thing that is extremely important to note due to the difficulty in attempting to understand God’s active role in calamity is that God is not evil in any way and cannot commit any form of evil. James 1:13 – Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone. Psalm 5:4 – For You are not a God who takes pleasure in wickedness, nor shall evil dwell with You. – These are two verses out of a multitude that affirm God’s goodness in His entirety. Scripture affirms that God is the source of all things, both good and calamitous. There is a tension in that God is not the author of evil, but that he permits it for His purposes. For additional understanding, I would like to quote my friend, Jesse Howard as in our dialogue on the subject he stated, “The moral responsibility of sin always falls on the sinner, whether that be man or Satan or demons. God ordains the sin (like in pharaoh refusing to let the people go) but God is never morally responsible for the sin.” – Another important item to note is that although God ordains the calamitous events that take place, the events in themselves, apart from His purposes in them are not necessarily good. He has a good purpose in all that He does and only He is fully aware of the purpose(s). Because God ordains them does not mean that we may gloat over them if it were to cause ruin in the life of another, possibly someone or a group that we do not like or believe represent evil. The Father says in Obadiah 12, “But you should not have gazed on the day of your brother
in the day of his captivity;
nor should you have rejoiced over the children of Judah
in the day of their destruction;
nor should you have spoken proudly
in the day of distress.” – God is the One that may receive glory through the circumstances that take place, not us. We are to continually hope for the good of others as it relates to their salvation.

The primary reason that God will do anything is that it would bring glory unto Himself (John 17:4, Rev 14:7). How can God be glorified by causing multitudes to die in a tsunami or by children being born into a life of malnourishment or physical abuse? I cannot tell you specifically and God has not revealed to us in scripture more details of why some of these things take place nor the temporal or eternal effects of them. We do know from God’s word that He kills and brings illness upon individuals (1 Sam 2:6-7, 2 Sam 12:15-18, 1 Chron 13:9-10, Exod 4:11). We know from scripture that God brings about calamitous weather events and destroys nations (Gen 7:4, Psalm 135:7-8, 147:18, 148:8, Amos 4:6-13). Scripture tells us that God hardens hearts and that He is the author of the book of life, (Exod 10:1-2, Deut 2:30, Rev 20:15) therefore revealing that He has not penned the names of many into it. God’s word also tells us that He verbally gives Satan permission to bring disaster upon the lives of His beloved children (Job 1:1,12, 2:6-7, 2 Tim 3:12, Acts 12:2). No, I cannot tell you specifically how God orchestrates all these events to glorify Himself, but what I can tell you is that He is glorified in that He sent His son, Jesus Christ to face the ultimate calamity out of love for His people. God’s own Son was sent to the earth by Himself to be murdered on a cross, resurrected on the third day as the necessary sacrifice for our sinfulness so that we, who deserve death, would be given the opportunity to repent and believe in Him and share with Him in eternal life (John 3:16, Mark 1:15). God reveals to us that we will face tribulations (John 16:33). There is no biblical basis for thinking that we will not partake in the calamities that were brought upon this earth from the fall of man and from Satan’s impact in the time that he has been permitted by God to have dominion over the earth (John 12:31). Do you wonder why most “Christians” and even churches do not tell you this or agree with it? It reveals their lack of time in the scriptures as well as their lack of true belief in God’s word. It is also because they do not want it this way to the point that they will ignore God and desire a God apart from the God of the bible. There is a fear that if the entire truth is told, it will not be attractive for new believers. Is that not deceiving in its own way? The scriptures reveal that many will find the gospel message offensive to those who will not believe. The good thing is that when we do hear the truth, we are given the opportunity to repent and believe!

The difficulty in comprehending God’s hand in calamity is understandable from the perspective that generally, as a society, we have erred in our study and teaching of the word of God. When we desire a better understanding and come to realize that the primary purpose of Jesus Christ coming to earth was not to bring peace (Matt 10:34), but to tell the world of Himself, to die on a cross to prepare the way for eternal life to those who will believe, can we grow in true faith with Him. We will better equip ourselves to grow as we seek to know Him more than by His words alone, but from the deepest meaning of His words from the heart of the Almighty. Although we may not know and understand specific purposes of calamity, we should know that God loves us enough that He would take the necessary means to reveal Himself to us. Years ago, God had me on the brink of suicide, that He would then reveal Himself with His desire to have an eternal relationship with me. Had he not done so by ordaining my angry upbringing, in the midst, showing me the love of God, I would have perished for all of eternity. He used those events in my life to also shape and mold me for the ministry that He purposed for me. God has already ordained the calamity that shall take place tomorrow with the hope that it will develop the heart within man that his primary hope would be for God through Jesus Christ. When we as a people continue with the primary hope of comfort and happiness rather than holiness, we will continue to be tripped-up, as the tribulation of this world will confuse our purpose, which is to be in constant dependence upon Christ.

“Oh, that they had such a heart in them that they would fear Me and always keep all My commandments, that it might be well with them and with their children forever!” – this is from Deut 5:29 and it reveals the Father’s passion and desire for us and for our holiness through Him. I have seen God use various means connected to tribulation to reach the hearts of men and His word also reveals the many different ways that He has done so and will continue to do so. He separates the wheat from the chaff (Matt 3:12) and although His methods seem harsh and maybe unfair, He is God and as the Father says in Isaiah 55:8, “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the LORD. – Throughout scripture and even today, we see that God heals some and not others. God would command the unclean spirits out of some and not others. False teaching tells us that God wants us all healthy and wealthy and that we should claim these things in the name of Jesus Christ. Common sense would tell you to look at the lives of the Apostles who lived without any financial wealth and all but one were murdered. Let us look into the life of Job for a bit. Job 1:1 – There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil. – We see here that Job was considered blameless and he shunned evil. Job 1:12 reveals to us that Satan received permission from God to bring calamity upon his life with the exclusion of bringing death upon him. Job’s children were killed, his wealth was taken away, he was given painful boils, he had a wife that out of her frustrations attempted to encourage Job to curse the Lord and he had unwise friends for support. Through all of the immense tragedy that He experienced, and reminding you that he was considered blameless, look at his responses to his own calamity: Job 1:21-22 – And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong. Job 2:10 – But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips. Job 12:9 – Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this. Job 12:16-25 – With Him are strength and prudence. The deceived and the deceiver are His. He leads counselors away plundered, and makes fools of the judges. He loosens the bonds of kings, and binds their waist with a belt. He leads princes away plundered, and overthrows the mighty. He deprives the trusted ones of speech, and takes away the discernment of the elders. He pours contempt on princes, and disarms the mighty. He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light. He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them. He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and makes them wander in a pathless wilderness. They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them stagger like a drunken man. Job 13:15 – Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. 
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him. Job 23:13-14 – But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does. For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him. Job 42:2 – I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You. – David says in Psalm 119:71 – It is good for me that I have been afflicted, that I may learn Your statutes. – As one of the children of God, how can you now say that God does not ordain calamity and far greater, for His own good purposes? It would be unwise for you to say that Job was a man many years ago whose story is his own and unique in that it is in the past and does not pertain to today. Similar stories happen in the lives of men today and will continue to happen until the last days of this earth.  As you wrap your mind around this, go even deeper in your understanding that not only did God give Satan permission to deal with Job, but that God volunteered Job for the task. Job 1:7-8 – And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”  Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?” God’s love is behind these events and Job is solid evidence of God doing these things for His good purpose. Much of our confusion lies in that we are not required to understand why, just trust and believe in our God of perfect love. has revealed to us men after His heart such as Job, David, Moses, Paul and so many others so that we would be encouraged to be men of God as they were. We are also to respond as they learned to respond when God brought distress upon them, with trust, hope and belief, repentance and forging ahead in loving obedience towards our God.

People make the mistake of disassociating biblical history with today’s modern world. Many claim their faith and yet live lives contrary to the scriptures stating that they are outdated and that times change. This is an example of unbelief and it would seem to me that even common sense should tell someone that God is God and that he does not change (Heb 13:8). I do realize the error in that thinking when scripture reveals that God hardens hearts and reveals truth to whom He will reveal it (Matt 13:11, Eph 3:3, Gal 1:12). God continues to have His sovereign hand in all things as He did 3,000 years ago. Is your heart in a place to believe that the disastrous events that take place, that may even affect your own life one day or already has, would come from the hand of God and that it would in some way glorify Him? Pray for wisdom and belief.

Another argument that I hear and similar with the one above is that God is no longer causing death or illness to people or doing the things that He did in the Old Testament. They will say that the New Covenant has brought about, in a sense, a “new world order”. Scripturally, there are some differences between the New and Old Testament in how God carries out His plan. In a broad sense, the purpose of the Old Testament was God revealing Himself to the people of the land. He revealed that He was the creator of all things as Genesis 1 gives detail and the people are given the law so that it would reveal the sinfulness of man. The New Covenant reveals Jesus Christ as the ultimate and only allowable sacrifice for us to have union with God. The New Testament reveals that we are to extend love towards everyone, including our enemies and God no longer commands His people to kill other nations nor individuals for particular crimes against God. In the midst of God administering a new plan for His people, He never forsook being the One to cause calamity upon this earth. If it were not God causing calamity today as He was in the Old Testament, who was that authority given to with the New Covenant and if it were not given to anyone else, do those things now happen indiscriminately where they did not before? Of course not, but those who do not follow the scriptures will tell you otherwise. God has the same purpose in calamity today in that He desires His people to turn to Him in the midst of suffering for the fulfillment of their eternal hope in Him through Jesus Christ.  Acts 5:1-11 evidences God killing people in the New Testament story of Ananias and Sapphira. Keep in mind as you interpret scripture that without enough information, it is an assumption on your part regarding the eternal destination of the one who perished by God’s hand.  When Uzzah was killed by God protecting the Ark of the Covenant from hitting the ground, his intention seemed good from our perspective, but there was disobedience and only God knows Uzzah’s heart and His own purpose. Who are we to question God?  I would like to include an exerpt from the book Disciples Are Made Not Born by Walt Henrichsen giving further evidence that God’s part in calamity has not changed with the New Covenant. “Now, we must be quick to remind ourselves that circumstances often enter our lives that are a reflection of God’s perfect plan but which we, because of our lack of perspective, interpret to be evil. Take for instance, the cross of Calvary. If you and I had been with the disciples on that eventful day, we, like they, would no doubt have seen the Crucifixion as a tragedy. Likewise, if we had been with the women at the tomb on that Sunday morning when they found it empty, we, like they, would have concluded that a further calamity had struck, that somebody had stolen the body. However, with the perspective of 2,000 years, we view both the Cross and the empty tomb not as calamities but as victories. Often a seemingly adverse circumstance will strike, such as the loss of a loved one, and from our perspective it has all the marks of a tragedy. But from God’s perspective, it may very well be the unfolding of a higher and more beautiful plan.” Jesus Himself is the perfect example of God’s goodness in calamity upon the entrance of the New Covenant. As followers of Christ, we must constantly remind ourselves why we are here and what our primary objective is. If we find that we’re seeking comfort, victory, respect and fairness over holiness, we need to reevaluate. Don’t forget that God has perfect understanding and knows the ploys of the Devil, but we must not use that as an excuse not to persevere in loving obedience in prioritizing our pursuit of Him.

People generally desire a God with limited characteristics such that only kindness and forgiveness would only be necessary in that they would be permitted to have sovereign rule over their own lives. As true believers in Christ, we cannot hold onto any part of that thinking or we dishonor God by not seeking to know Him and love Him for whom He truly is. In a marriage, you desire to be loved entirely, not just for your physical attractiveness or for what you can provide to your spouse, but that’s how people love God today and it’s cheap and it’s not true love and it does not endure. If you still do not believe what I am telling you and if you truly believe that you are of God, then trust Him in reading and then believing all the scriptures that follow this commentary as He desires to show you more about Himself so that you will love Him for whom He truly is. Look at the hearts of the men who loved God such as Job, David and Paul and how they replied to Him in their lives. Look at the sacrifices that they endured because of true love and belief. 2 Tim 3:1-5 and 2 Peter 3:10 tell us of the end days and that they are coming soon. Although God no longer commands His people to wipe out other nations that disdain Him, there is still wrath for them to bear. The end days that have been foretold are a “storing-up” of God’s wrath upon a world where the majority has denied Him and where many that claim to know and believe in Him are even His enemy (Matt 7:21-23). Remember, the life of Job is not one separate and single event. It would be out of God’s character to do that to one man in all of history for no relevant purpose in our lives. We see catastrophes happen every day in the lives of men! God has used the lives of similar men throughout the scriptures to reveal to us His truth in the things that we will face today and tomorrow. Satan must receive permission from God to do the things that he does and God is the One whom gives it to him (Job 1:12, 2:6-7). Satan is the evildoer, not God. People in the church twist the truth as 2 Peter 3:16 speaks – as also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things, in which are some things hard to understand, which untaught and unstable people twist to their own destruction, as they do also the rest of the Scriptures. – I encourage you as a follower of God to believe the scriptures and grow in your understanding of them and in your love for your Creator in whom He truly is, as He desires a greater intimacy with you. As I hope I am in agreement with you, I long for the day when we get to see our eternal reward come to fruition. Until then, may we be prayerful in asking God to give us wisdom and protect us in love and in truth from the adversities of this world. Isaiah 43:2“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.”

Verses Relating to God’s Sovereignty in Calamity

Genesis 1:1-31 – Important to read as the chapter reveals God’s hand in creating ALL things.  Click here to see passage.

Genesis 2:7 – And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Genesis 3:15 “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your seed and her Seed; He shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise His heel.”

Genesis 6:7 – So the LORD said, “I will destroy man whom I have created from the face of the earth, both man and beast, creeping thing and birds of the air, for I am sorry that I have made them.” But Noah found grace in the eyes of the LORD.

Genesis 7:4“For after seven more days I will cause it to rain on the earth forty days and forty nights, and I will destroy from the face of the earth all living things that I have made.”

Genesis 18:10 – And He said, “I will certainly return to you according to the time of life, and behold, Sarah your wife shall have a son.”

Genesis 19:13-14 – “For we will destroy this place, because the outcry against them has grown great before the face of the Lord, and the Lord has sent us to destroy it.” So Lot went out and spoke to his sons-in-law, who had married his daughters, and said, “Get up, get out of this place; for the Lord will destroy this city!” But to his sons-in-law he seemed to be joking.

Genesis 20:6 – And God said to him in a dream, “Yes, I know that you did this in the integrity of your heart. For I also withheld you from sinning against Me; therefore I did not let you touch her.”

Genesis 50:20 – But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.

Exodus 4:11 – So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord?”

Exodus 10:1-2 – Now the Lord said to Moses, “Go in to Pharaoh; for I have hardened his heart and the hearts of his servants, that I may show these signs of Mine before him, and that you may tell in the hearing of your son and your son’s son the mighty things I have done in Egypt, and My signs which I have done among them, that you may know that I am the Lord.”

Exodus 33:19 – Then He said, “I will make all My goodness pass before you, and I will proclaim the name of the Lord before you. I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.”

Numbers 11:33-34 – And the people stayed up all that day, all night, and all the next day, and gathered the quail (he who gathered least gathered ten homers); and they spread them out for themselves all around the camp.  But while the meat was still between their teeth, before it was chewed, the wrath of the Lord was aroused against the people, and the Lord struck the people with a very great plague.  So he called the name of that place Kibroth Hattaavah, because there they buried the people who had yielded to craving.

Numbers 14:20-21 – Then the Lord said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the Lord”

Deuteronomy 2:30 – But Sihon king of Heshbon would not let us pass through, for the Lord your God hardened his spirit and made his heart obstinate, that He might deliver him into your hand, as it is this day.

Deuteronomy 7:6-8 – For you are a holy people to the Lord your God; the Lord your God has chosen you to be a people for Himself, a special treasure above all the peoples on the face of the earth. The Lord did not set His love on you nor choose you because you were more in number than any other people, for you were the least of all peoples; but because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.

Deuteronomy 28:63 – And it shall be, that just as the Lord rejoiced over you to do you good and multiply you, so the Lord will rejoice over you to destroy you and bring you to nothing; and you shall be plucked from off the land which you go to possess.

Deuteronomy 29:4 – Yet the Lord has not given you a heart to perceive and eyes to see and ears to hear, to this very day.

Deuteronomy 30:6 – And the Lord your God will circumcise your heart and the heart of your descendants, to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, that you may live.

Deuteronomy 32:23-27 – “I will heap disasters on them; I will spend My arrows on them.  They shall be wasted with hunger, devoured by pestilence and bitter destruction; I will also send against them the teeth of beasts, with the poison of serpents of the dust. The sword shall destroy outside; there shall be terror within
 for the young man and virgin, the nursing child with the man of gray hairs. I would have said, “I will dash them in pieces,
 I will make the memory of them to cease from among men,” had I not feared the wrath of the enemy,
 lest their adversaries should misunderstand,
 lest they should say, “Our hand is high;
 and it is not the Lord who has done all this.”

Deuteronomy 32:39 – “Now see that I, even I, am He,
and there is no God besides Me; 
I kill and I make alive;
 I wound and I heal;
 nor is there any who can deliver from My hand.”

1 Samuel 2:6-7 – The Lord kills and makes alive; He brings down to the grave and brings up. The Lord makes poor and makes rich; He brings low and lifts up.

2 Samuel 6:6-7 – And when they came to Nachon’s threshing floor, Uzzah put out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzzah, and God struck him there for his error; and he died there by the ark of God.

2 Samuel 12:11 – Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I will raise up adversity against you from your own house; and I will take your wives before your eyes and give them to your neighbor, and he shall lie with your wives in the sight of this sun.”

2 Samuel 12:15-18 – Then Nathan departed to his house. And the Lord struck the child that Uriah’s wife bore to David, and it became ill. David therefore pleaded with God for the child, and David fasted and went in and lay all night on the ground. So the elders of his house arose and went to him, to raise him up from the ground. But he would not, nor did he eat food with them. Then on the seventh day it came to pass that the child died. And the servants of David were afraid to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Indeed, while the child was alive, we spoke to him, and he would not heed our voice. How can we tell him that the child is dead? He may do some harm!”

2 Samuel 17:14 – So Absalom and all the men of Israel said, “The advice of Hushai the Archite is better than the advice of Ahithophel.” For the Lord had purposed to defeat the good advice of Ahithophel, to the intent that the Lord might bring disaster on Absalom.

2 Samuel 24:16 – And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the destruction, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, “It is enough; now restrain your hand.” And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite.

1 Kings 9:9 – Then they will answer, “Because they forsook the Lord their God, who brought their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have embraced other gods, and worshiped them and served them; therefore the Lord has brought all this calamity on them.”

2 Kings 17:25 – And it was so, at the beginning of their dwelling there, that they did not fear the Lord; therefore the Lord sent lions among them, which killed some of them.

1 Chronicles 13:9-10 – And when they came to Chidon’s threshing floor, Uzza put out his hand to hold the ark, for the oxen stumbled. Then the anger of the Lord was aroused against Uzza, and He struck him because he put his hand to the ark; and he died there before God.

1 Chronicles 29:11 – Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power and the glory, the victory and the majesty; for all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours; Yours is the kingdom, O Lord, and You are exalted as head over all.

Ezra 6:22 – And they kept the Feast of Unleavened Bread seven days with joy; for the Lord made them joyful, and turned the heart of the king of Assyria toward them, to strengthen their hands in the work of the house of God, the God of Israel.

Job 1:1 – There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was blameless and upright, and one who feared God and shunned evil.

Job 1:7-8 – And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” So Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”  Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?”

Job 1:12 – And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, all that he has is in your power; only do not lay a hand on his person.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord.

Job 1:21-22 – And he said: “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked shall I return there.
The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.” In all this Job did not sin nor charge God with wrong.

Job 2:2 – And the Lord said to Satan, “From where do you come?” Satan answered the Lord and said, “From going to and fro on the earth, and from walking back and forth on it.”

Job 2:6-7 – And the Lord said to Satan, “Behold, he is in your hand, but spare his life.” So Satan went out from the presence of the Lord, and struck Job with painful boils from the sole of his foot to the crown of his head.

Job 2:10 – But he said to her, “You speak as one of the foolish women speaks. Shall we indeed accept good from God, and shall we not accept adversity?” In all this Job did not sin with his lips.

Job 12:9 – Who among all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this,

Job 12:16-25 – With Him are strength and prudence.
  The deceived and the deceiver are His. He leads counselors away plundered, and makes fools of the judges. He loosens the bonds of kings, and binds their waist with a belt. He leads princes away plundered, and overthrows the mighty. He deprives the trusted ones of speech, and takes away the discernment of the elders. He pours contempt on princes, and disarms the mighty. He uncovers deep things out of darkness, and brings the shadow of death to light. He makes nations great, and destroys them; He enlarges nations, and guides them. He takes away the understanding of the chiefs of the people of the earth, and makes them wander in a pathless wilderness. They grope in the dark without light, and He makes them stagger like a drunken man.

Job 13:15 – Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him. 
Even so, I will defend my own ways before Him.

Job 23:13-14 – But He is unique, and who can make Him change? And whatever His soul desires, that He does. For He performs what is appointed for me, and many such things are with Him.

Job 42:2 – I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You.

Psalm 2:4 – He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the Lord shall hold them in derision.

Psalm 44:11 – You have given us up like sheep intended for food, and have scattered us among the nations.

Psalm 75:7 – But God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another.

Psalm 78:26 – He caused an east wind to blow in the heavens; and by His power He brought in the south wind.

Psalm 103:19 – The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all.

Psalm 104:4 – Who makes His angels spirits, His ministers a flame of fire.

Psalm 104:24 – O Lord, how manifold are Your works! In wisdom You have made them all. The earth is full of Your possessions –

Psalm 105:16-17 – Moreover He called for a famine in the land; He destroyed all the provision of bread. He sent a man before them—
Joseph—who was sold as a slave.

Psalm 115:3 – But our God is in heaven; He does whatever He pleases.

Psalm 119:75 – I know, O Lord, that Your judgments are right, and that in faithfulness You have afflicted me.

Psalm 135:6-8 – Whatever the Lord pleases He does, in heaven and in earth, in the seas and in all deep places. He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain; He brings the wind out of His treasuries. He destroyed the firstborn of Egypt, both of man and beast.

Psalm 147:18 – He sends out His word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, and the waters flow.

Psalm 148:8 – Fire and hail, snow and clouds; stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

Proverbs 1:25-27 – Because you disdained all my counsel,
 and would have none of my rebuke, I also will laugh at your calamity;
 I will mock when your terror comes, when your terror comes like a storm,
 and your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
 when distress and anguish come upon you.

Proverbs 3:5-7 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and depart from evil.

Proverbs 16:4 – The Lord has made all for Himself, yes, even the wicked for the day of doom.

Proverbs 16:9 – A man’s heart plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps.

Proverbs 16:33 – The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the Lord.

Proverbs 19:21 – There are many plans in a man’s heart, nevertheless the Lord’s counsel—that will stand.

Proverbs 20:24 – A man’s steps are of the Lord; how then can a man understand his own way?

Proverbs 21:1 – The king’s heart is in the hand of the Lord, like the rivers of water; He turns it wherever He wishes.

Proverbs 21:30 – There is no wisdom or understanding
 or counsel against the Lord.

Ecclesiastes 7:13-14 – Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what He has made crooked? In the day of prosperity be joyful,
 but in the day of adversity consider:
 surely God has appointed the one as well as the other,
so that man can find out nothing that will come after him.

Isaiah 10:22 – For though your people, O Israel, be as the sand of the sea, a remnant of them will return; the destruction decreed shall overflow with righteousness.

Isaiah 14:24-27 – The Lord of hosts has sworn, saying, “Surely, as I have thought, so it shall come to pass,
and as I have purposed, so it shall stand: that I will break the Assyrian in My land,
 and on My mountains tread him underfoot.
  Then his yoke shall be removed from them,
 and his burden removed from their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed against the whole earth, and this is the hand that is stretched out over all the nations. For the Lord of hosts has purposed, and who will annul it? His hand is stretched out, and who will turn it back?”

Isaiah 19:17 – And the land of Judah will be a terror to Egypt; everyone who makes mention of it will be afraid in himself, because of the counsel of the Lord of hosts which He has determined against it.

Isaiah 23:9 – The Lord of hosts has purposed it, to bring to dishonor the pride of all glory, to bring into contempt all the honorable of the earth.

Isaiah 40:23-24 – He brings the princes to nothing; He makes the judges of the earth useless. Scarcely shall they be planted,
scarcely shall they be sown,
scarcely shall their stock take root in the earth,
when He will also blow on them,
and they will wither,
and the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

Isaiah 43:13“Indeed before the day was, I am He;
 and there is no one who can deliver out of My hand;
 I work, and who will reverse it?”

Isaiah 43:20“The beast of the field will honor Me, the jackals and the ostriches, because I give waters in the wilderness and rivers in the desert, to give drink to My people, My chosen.”

Isaiah 45:4-7“For Jacob My servant’s sake, and Israel My elect, I have even called you by your name; I have named you, though you have not known Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me.
  I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting
that there is none besides Me.  
I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.”

Isaiah 46:9-11“Remember the former things of old,
 for I am God, and there is no other;
 I am God, and there is none like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, 
and from ancient times things that are not yet done,
 saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, 
and I will do all My pleasure,’ calling a bird of prey from the east,
 the man who executes My counsel, from a far country.
 Indeed I have spoken it;
 I will also bring it to pass.
 I have purposed it; 
I will also do it.”

Isaiah 48:9-11 – “For My name’s sake I will defer My anger, and for My praise I will restrain it from you, so that I do not cut you off.  Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have tested you in the furnace of affliction.  For My own sake, for My own sake, I will do it; for how should My name be profaned?  And I will not give My glory to another.”

Jeremiah 14:22 – Are there any among the idols of the nations that can cause rain? Or can the heavens give showers? Are You not He, O Lord our God?  Therefore we will wait for You, since You have made all these.

Jeremiah 18:11“Now therefore, speak to the men of Judah and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, saying, ‘Thus says the Lord: “Behold, I am fashioning a disaster and devising a plan against you. Return now every one from his evil way, and make your ways and your doings good.”’”

Jeremiah 24:7“Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the Lord; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart.”

Jeremiah 27:5“I have made the earth, the man and the beast that are on the ground, by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me.”

Jeremiah 32:42 – For thus says the LORD: “Just as I have brought all this great calamity on this people, so I will bring on them all the good that I have promised them.”

Jeremiah 35:17 “Therefore thus says the Lord God of hosts, the God of Israel: ‘Behold, I will bring on Judah and on all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the doom that I have pronounced against them; because I have spoken to them but they have not heard, and I have called to them but they have not answered.’”

Lamentations 3:37-38 – Who is he who speaks and it comes to pass, when the Lord has not commanded it? Is it not from the mouth of the Most High
 that woe and well-being proceed?

Daniel 2:21 – And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings; He gives wisdom to the wise 
and knowledge to those who have understanding.

Daniel 4:35 – All the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing; He does according to His will in the army of heaven
 and among the inhabitants of the earth. No one can restrain His hand or say to Him, “What have You done?”

Amos 3:6 – If a trumpet is blown in a city, will not the people be afraid? 
If there is calamity in a city, will not the Lord have done it?

Amos 4:6-13“Also I gave you cleanness of teeth in all your cities. And lack of bread in all your places; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord. “I also withheld rain from you, when there were still three months to the harvest. I made it rain on one city, I withheld rain from another city. One part was rained upon, and where it did not rain the part withered. So two or three cities wandered to another city to drink water, but they were not satisfied; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord. “I blasted you with blight and mildew. When your gardens increased, your vineyards, your fig trees, and your olive trees, the locust devoured them; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord. “I sent among you a plague after the manner of Egypt; your young men I killed with a sword, along with your captive horses; I made the stench of your camps come up into your nostrils; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord. “I overthrew some of you, as God overthrew Sodom and Gomorrah, and you were like a firebrand plucked from the burning; yet you have not returned to Me,” says the Lord. “Therefore thus will I do to you, O Israel; because I will do this to you, prepare to meet your God, O Israel!” For behold, He who forms mountains, And creates the wind, Who declares to man what his thought is, and makes the morning darkness, who treads the high places of the earth– The Lord God of hosts is His name.

Micah 4:6-7“In that day,” says the Lord, “I will assemble the lame, I will gather the outcast 
and those whom I have afflicted; I will make the lame a remnant, and the outcast a strong nation; 
so the Lord will reign over them in Mount Zion
 from now on, even forever.”

Zephaniah 1:12 “And it shall come to pass at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and punish the men who are settled in complacency, who say in their heart, ‘The Lord will not do good, nor will He do evil.'”

Zephaniah 3:8-9“Therefore wait for Me,” says the Lord,
 “Until the day I rise up for plunder;
 My determination is to gather the nations 
to My assembly of kingdoms,
 to pour on them My indignation, 
all My fierce anger;
 all the earth shall be devoured
 with the fire of My jealousy. For then I will restore to the peoples a pure language, that they all may call on the name of the Lord, to serve Him with one accord.”

Matthew 10:29-31Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.”

Matthew 13:11 He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.”

Matthew 15:13 – But He answered and said, “Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.”

Matthew 22:14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Mark 1:27 – Then they were all amazed, so that they questioned among themselves, saying, “What is this? What new doctrine is this? For with authority He commands even the unclean spirits, and they obey Him.”

Mark 4:41 – And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!”

Luke 4:36 – Then they were all amazed and spoke among themselves, saying, “What a word this is! For with authority and power He commands the unclean spirits, and they come out.”

Luke 10:21-22 – In that hour Jesus rejoiced in the Spirit and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and revealed them to babes. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight. All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, and who the Father is except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.”

John 1:3 – All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.

John 11:4 – When Jesus heard that, He said, “This sickness is not unto death, but for the glory of God, that the Son of God may be glorified through it.”

John 13:18“I do not speak concerning all of you. I know whom I have chosen; but that the Scripture may be fulfilled, ‘He who eats bread with Me has lifted up his heel against Me.’

John 18:11 – So Jesus said to Peter, “Put your sword into the sheath. Shall I not drink the cup which My Father has given Me?”

John 19:10-11 – Then Pilate said to Him, “Are You not speaking to me? Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?”  Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above. Therefore the one who delivered Me to you has the greater sin.”

Acts 5:1-11 – But a certain man named Ananias, with Sapphira his wife, sold a possession.  And he kept back part of the proceeds, his wife also being aware of it, and brought a certain part and laid it at the apostles’ feet.  But Peter said, “Ananias, why has Satan filled your heart to lie to the Holy Spirit and keep back part of the price of the land for yourself?  While it remained, was it not your own? And after it was sold, was it not in your own control? Why have you conceived this thing in your heart? You have not lied to men but to God.” Then Ananias, hearing these words, fell down and breathed his last. So great fear came upon all those who heard these things.  And the young men arose and wrapped him up, carried him out, and buried him. Now it was about three hours later when his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. And Peter answered her, “Tell me whether you sold the land for so much?” She said, “Yes, for so much.” Then Peter said to her, “How is it that you have agreed together to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look, the feet of those who have buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out.” Then immediately she fell down at his feet and breathed her last. And the young men came in and found her dead, and carrying her out, buried her by her husband. So great fear came upon all the church and upon all who heard these things.

Acts 4:27-28 – “For truly against Your holy Servant Jesus, whom You anointed, both Herod and Pontius Pilate, with the gentiles and the people of Israel, were gathered together to do whatever Your hand and Your purpose determined before to be done.

Acts 13:48 – Now when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad and glorified the word of the Lord. And as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed.

Romans 8:28 – And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.

Romans 9:18-22 – Therefore He has mercy on whom He wills, and whom He wills He hardens. You will say to me then, “Why does He still find fault? For who has resisted His will?” But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, “Why have you made me like this?” Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor? What if God, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction,

2 Corinthians 4:11 – For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

Ephesians 1:4-6 – just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to adoption as sons by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, by which He made us accepted in the Beloved.

Ephesians 1:11-12 – In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Ephesians 2:10 – For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

Philippians 1:12 – But I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel,

Philippians 2:13 – for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Colossians 1:15-16 – He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him.

Hebrews 2:8 – You have put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that He put all In subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

Hebrews 5:8 – though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered.

Hebrews 9:27 – And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment,

Hebrews 12:4-7 – You have not yet resisted to bloodshed, striving against sin. And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; for whom the Lord loves He chastens, and scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten?

Revelation 13:7-8 – It was granted to him to make war with the saints and to overcome them. And authority was given him over every tribe, tongue, and nation. All who dwell on the earth will worship him, whose names have not been written in the Book of Life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

Verses Relating to Inerrancy of Scripture

Proverbs 30:5-6 – Every word of God is pure; He is a shield to those who put their trust in Him. Do not add to His words, lest He rebuke you, and you be found a liar.

John 17:17 – Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.

Galatians 1:11-12 – But I make known to you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came through the revelation of Jesus Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16-17 – All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work.

2 Peter 1:20-21 – knowing this first, that no prophecy of Scripture is of any private interpretation, for prophecy never came by the will of man, but holy men of God spoke as they were moved by the Holy Spirit.

Revelation 22:18-19 – For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.

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About Birdog14

Being a native of Colorado, I have grown to enjoy many aspects of the outdoors. For much of my life my hunting, fishing, hiking Colorado's 14,000' peaks and playing hockey defined who I was. Although I can look back on life and see where God used different people and circumstances to affect the most important choice that I would make for Him one day, it was in my early 30's when I realized I had to make Him my everything. I am no longer identified by those things that I once lived for, but am identified as one of the Sons of God as Christ has lovingly and by His grace, chosen me to live for Him and to share with others the truth about His love and desire for them.
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4 Responses to GOD’S HAND IN CALAMITY

  1. vaneetharendall says:

    What a wonderful post and list of Scriptures. Thank you!!

  2. Dave Rankin says:

    As my personal relationship with Christ developed out of circumstances that many would look at as tragic and unfair, I find your review of this aspect of God to be refreshing and reassuring. I think too many people; Christian and non-Christian alike, want to play the role of God. This has been the result of “the fall” since the beginning. We have a skewed idea of what is fair and what is unfair because we are trying to understand things from our limited ability to love ourselves and others.
    My journey toward salvation in which God used the death of my sister, bother-in-law and a nephew in a car crash, and then later, the death of my father to cancer showed me personally not what a bad, unloving father God is; it showed me that he is all mighty and that He loved me so very much that he would use whatever means necessary to bring me into relationship so that I might spend eternity with Him. Before I was a believer, I would have had the same mind set as so many others; saying “if God even exists, and if He is a loving and caring God, how can He let there be war, and death and tragedy etc..?” Only God knows why “terrible things happen”, but now I know that these things happen to bring glory to Him and to draw us closer to Him.
    Believer, if you truly trust God, you must know that He has your best interest at heart; even when things do not go as you think they should. God is full of Mercy and Grace; He gives us what we don’t deserve (forgiveness of our sins through faith in Jesus Christ) and He does not give us what we do deserve (death and eternal separation from Him). May none of us let our own sinful nature toward self protection and pride get in the way of that truth. God loved the world enough to give His one and only Son as a sacrifice for our sins.

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