I said earlier that I’d been re-reading the flood narrative in Genesis.
The devastation from Harvey, and, soon, Irma, compels me to say something about what God isn’t doing.
God is not sending these storms as a punishment on America.
God is not sending these storms as a punishment on the world.
God is not sending these storms, period.
Remember the story of Jonah?
God (Yahweh in the text) calls Jonah to cry against the city of Nineveh, “for their wickedness has come up before me.” Jonah wants nothing to do with mission, and embarks for Tarshish instead. He doesn’t get far. Trapped in the belly of a great fish, Jonah offers an incredible prayer:
“I called to the Lord, out of my distress,
and he answered me;
out of the belly of Sheol I cried,
and thou didst hear my voice.
For thou didst cast me…
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