J. W. Wartick asks, is it better to say God is in control of disasters or not? I prefer to ask, which is true? Have we been given anything so that we can know the truth, even if we don’t like the answer? I believe we have:
For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God; for the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will but by the will of him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of God. We know that the whole creation has been groaning in travail together until now; and not only the creation, but we ourselves, who have the first fruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we wait for adoption as sons, the redemption of our bodies. (Romans 8:19-23, RSV)
Yes. God is in control of disasters. They are all tied up in the great work God is doing that will culminate in “the revealing of the sons of God.” They are part and parcel of the birth process that is occurring. Disasters are truly horrible and still part of God’s work. Sometimes we see a hint of that revelation: good coming from evil. That’s a foretaste of the great revelation we’ve been promised and for which we hope in faith.