Has God abandoned us in these difficult times of war, flood, and pandemics? He promised Noah that He will not send floods again. Is this another version of God & Job?
Of course not. God does not abandon us. He is not capable of abandoning His children. He loved us so much He sent us His only Son to live, die and rise again for us, and He continues to be with us today in the Church and in the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. Jesus is in us. If we suffer, He suffers with and in us.
But let’s clarify a few things first.
Floods: After the big floods in Noah’s time, God said He would never again use floods to destroy the whole earth. He did not say He would never again allow floods, but only not to use it to destroy the whole earth. So, yes, there have been many floods since, but never again another global deluge to destroy all life. God has been faithful on this.
God also did not say He would not allow other means to destroy us, especially if humanity persists in sin. In fact, many times in both the Old and, especially, the New Testament, prophets and apostles and Jesus Himself prophesied that the world will be destroyed by fire on the last day.
But why are there floods, wars, and sufferings? For the most part, it was due to sin. God entrusted the whole of creation to mankind. We are called to be collaborators with God, to rightly love one another and govern creation. But when we sinned, we lost the grace of God and we lost the authority over creation. As sin increased in the world, nature rebelled, and atrocities among ourselves increased.
God is not to be blamed. He our Father is very sad to see His children rejecting truth and love so to hurt ourselves grievously and needlessly. He permits us to get hurt because He has given us freedom, and He hopes that our suffering will bring us to our senses to repent and to live rightly again.
This is the message of Jesus. God is here to save us, sin is to kill us. Repent and choose life.
Mary too, in her many apparitions, especially in Fatima, reaffirm this gospel truth that the weight of sin in the world is too great. If we do not repent and make reparation for sinners, we will be annihilated. Yet it is within our power to turn the tide, by joining with Mary to pray for conversion and to be holy ourselves.
Think about it…