A Few Post-Dorian Thoughts

Posted on September 4, 2019


By David Ettinger

Never Materialized
Here in Orlando, Hurricane Dorian – of which we heard about continuously and worried over endlessly – never materialized. A few typical heavy Florida rains here and there, but the world’s most frequented tourist spot went unscathed.

I left my house at 7 a.m. this morning. It was a lovely drive – a few blustery winds, a few raindrops here and there.

However …
However, I couldn’t get my mind off of the devastation Dorian caused to the Bahamas. Not only did the then-185-mile-per-hour behemoth pass directly over the vulnerable archipelago, but it decided to stop and park itself there for what must have seemed to Bahamians an eternal 8 hours.

 I couldn’t help wondering why we citizens of wealthy Florida got spared while the far less-affluent people of the Bahamas suffered so greatly. Couldn’t God have flicked His finger and pushed Dorian 100 miles away from the Bahamas? Or, at least, could He at least have sent it quickly on its way rather than allowing to sit pat all that time?

Why Ask Why?
I’ve been a Christian long enough to know not to ask such questions. Indeed, such questions can be asked a million times a day for the deluge of ills and catastrophes which assault our world.

As a believer, I absolutely accept the fact that God does as He pleases for His own purposes and glory, and that He is under no obligation to explain Himself to us. Isaiah 55:8-9 says: “‘For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways,’ declares the Lord. ‘As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.’”

In other words, there is indeed a reason for what He does, God just more often than not chooses not to tell us what it is.

Jesus says in Matthew 5:45: “He [God] causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.” In other words, the things of this world – both good and bad – happen to both believers and unbelievers in equal proportion.

And, of course, when Job went too far in questioning God about His ways, the Sovereign of the Universe told him: “Who is this that obscures my plans with words without knowledge?” (Job 38:2).

Accepting By Faith
No, I don’t know why God spared Florida and allowed the Bahamas to suffer in such a way. But believing in the deity of the Lord Jesus Christ and that God has a plan for everything, I accept all He does in obedient trust.

Two Scripture passages help untangle for me the confusion of this sinful world. One of them is Paul’s soaring declaration in Philippians 3:7-8: “But whatever were gains to me I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ.”

The other is Abraham’s question to God when conversing about the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah: “Will not the Judge of all the earth do right?” (Genesis 18:25).

The answer is, “Yes! God will do right! Every time!”

 So for now, we lament the tragedies that afflict our evil world knowing that one day the Lord Jesus Christ will return. And when He does, he will bring with Him a kingdom of peace, glory, and goodness the likes of which we cannot even begin to imagine!