I’m sure that the recent cluster of storms in Oklahoma that has devastated cities, there will be those will turn their fists to God and blame Him for the destruction of their homes, friends, and loved ones. I am also sure there will be others who may be thankful they made it through even though they may have lost their home through the fury of the tornadoes. Then there will be those who had no regard for God at all and suddenly ask Him, “Why?” though they could care less for the answer.
I am not quick to say that all natural disasters are from the hand of God, and at the same time I can see where natural disasters can be used by God, because God, who created natural laws, who designed the laws of nature, where those laws periodically lead to earthquakes, hurricanes, tornadoes, tsunamis, etc., also has the power to stop them.
I do believe God can cause disasters to happen (James 5:17-18) and prevent them from happening.
The Scriptures tell us Jesus holds all of nature together (Colossians 1:16-17). He confronted the forces of nature by calming the storm at sea (Mark 4:35-41) and the wind and the sea obeyed him
In Isa. 45:7 we read,
I form the light, and create darkness: I make peace, and create evil: I the LORD do all these things.
God does not create evil in the sense of having to do with “moral” evil or sin, because that has to do with one’s choice, but the meaning has to do with “Calamity” or “Disaster.”
I do believe that God has used and can use natural disasters as judgment on sin (Numbers 16:30-34). And I also believe God can use natural disasters because He plans to use the event to bring about a greater good (Rom. 8:28). And I am not quick to say that every natural disaster is a judgment from God on particular sins because I really don’t know. But I do know this, that natural disasters whether just natural or a judgment on sin, is an opportunity for us to show Christ’s love for others and for others to show Christ’s love to us when both suffer these difficult calamities or disasters (Matt. 25:37-40), because none of us are exempt from such hardships as the prosperity gospel may falsely claim.
Theses disasters may help to get one’s attention concerning what really matters in life. It’s not the material goods we own or how many friends we have, because all that can be lost in only seconds, but what really matters is our relationship with God. The rain falls on the just and the unjust. If anything, God can strip us of everything to remind us what is really important and that He will still take care of us.
Because of this, I say to you, Do not be anxious for your soul, what you eat and what you drink, nor for your body, what you put on. Is not the soul more than the food and the body than the clothing? Observe the birds of the heaven, that they do not sow, nor do they reap, nor do they gather into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Do you not rather excel them? But who of you by being anxious is able to add one cubit onto his stature? And why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow. They do not labor nor do they spin, but I say to you that not even Solomon in all his glory was clothed as one of these. If God so enrobes the grass of the field (which is today, and is thrown into a furnace tomorrow) will He not much rather you, little-faiths? Then do not be anxious, saying, What may we eat? Or, what may we drink? Or, what may clothe us? For after all these things the nations seek. For your heavenly Father knows that you have need of all these things. But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Then do not be anxious for tomorrow. For the morrow will be anxious of itself. Sufficient to each day is its own trouble. Matt. 6:25-34