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If God can control anything, why did He let the tsunami hit and so many people get hurt? Did He create the tsunami?
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And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, “Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him” (Mark 4:41).
God does control everything that happens on earth and in the universe. He is the Creator of all. He can cause a tsunami and He can will that no tsunami come. But from the Book of Genesis we know that God created all things perfectly. Tsunamis, death, divorce, earthquakes, floods, fighting . . . all the bad things in the world . . . are because of sin. It’s not God’s fault these things happen—it is because of sin. Sin came into the world through Adam’s choice to disobey God—we all sin because of Adam. When we sin, it is like telling God we don’t want Him in our lives and that we prefer to do it our way. Terrible things in our lives show us what living without God—without His grace, mercy, and protection—may be like. But those terrible things also show us just how much we need Him!
Please remember, Sam, we are all sinners and sin is the most terrible thing in our lives. Because of our sin against God, bad things happen. It is so amazing that even though we don’t deserve it, God sent Jesus who was punished in our place so that we could be forgiven. Those who believe in Jesus will one day live in a place where the bad things will finally be over for good!