I heard the term, Act of God, quite a bit this past week. It was used in the media to explain hurricane damage, floods and earthquakes. I even heard it used to describe a crane being bent in half by the wind and dangling 750 feet (228 meters) in the air.
Two things went through my mind while watching these broadcasts. One, I did not know so many people in the media believed in God. Two, why does God not get recognized for all the good things He does?
I know that an “act of God” is legalese for any act which is outside human control and therefore not the responsibility of any individual or corporation.
I also know it is always defined as a bad thing, like a tornado!
God gets a bad rap!
I want to see God’s children redefine an act of God. Let’s take this phrase and turn it on its ear because when I wake up each morning, I consider that an act of God!
“I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me.” Psalm 3:5
I look out my window, see the sunshine and the rain, the snow and the stars at night, and I see an act of God.
“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
“In his hand are the deep places of the earth, and the mountain peaks are his. The sea is his. He made it, and his hands formed the dry land.” Psalm 95:4-5
We take the good things for granted and blame God for the bad. God did not create the chaos we see around us. He provided a way out. (John 3:16)
We blame God for death, mayhem and destruction. How often do we thank Him for our very life?
The next time you walk outside; why not stop for a moment and thank God for His mighty act of creation.