Acts Of God

November 9, 2012
by Julie Bowles

Revelation 15:3 – They sing the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying: "Great and marvellous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints!" (NKJV)

Being in the world of technology that now surrounds us, we have a choice to avoid it or use it. For me, it has become a part of my life. I take my phone with me when I bike, as it provides music for me to listen to as I bike. I can also use it to check my e-mail when I stop and access the free WiFi at the coffee establishment that offers the service. Before I can access the free WiFi, I must read and acknowledge the service agreement. The final line of the agreement that I read before I click the "Agree" icon says that the company providing the service is not responsible for failure in service due to events beyond reasonable control, such as power failure, fire, flood, earthquake, elements of nature or acts of God, theft, riot, strike or other labour disturbance, or war.

What caught my attention was the reference to "acts of God". I wondered whether this meant that the person who wrote this was a believer, so I began to look more closely at other service agreements. I was surprised to see how many of them made reference to acts of God. Insurance companies also refer to acts of God in their policies. It must be a legal term. It appears that in our secular society, it's still okay to acknowledge God in a service agreement.

As believers, we know that God is in all aspects of our lives, but in this case, we can also know that God is involved even in WiFi. People who enter into contracts, whether they are believers or not, are acknowledging to some extent that there is a God as they read and agree to service agreements.

What do we say when we are confronted by people who want answers as to where God is when disasters and tragic events like Hurricane Sandy happen? They have questions about whether there is a God, and if so, why He allows these catastrophes to happen. How are we to reply?

We know that we are not able to convince people that there is a God, nor can we begin to explain why God allows such tragedies to happen, but we can witness as to how God has been there for us in the calamities that we have faced.

Prayer: Dear Lord, we are so thankful that You are in our lives and also influencing the lives of those who have not yet come to know You. Help us to witness to others at all times, and also in the events that are called "acts of God". In Jesus' name, we pray. Amen.

About the author:

Julie Bowles <julieanni@rogers.com>
Barrie, Ontario, Canada

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