In the wake of the terrible disaster in Eastern Asia, we consider why these disasters are allowed to happen, with evidence from Jonah. God has a perfect right to do with His creation as He wills, and has the right to give and take life as He wills. As Jonah went down into the bottom of the ship and slept during the great storm God sent upon the ship, the original Hebrew is filled with euphemisms for death, revealing that God saw Jonah as spiritually dead. This storm was a ‘wake-up call’ for Jonah to call on God, and when God sends disasters into our lives, sinners and ‘sleeping’ Christians should wake up also. We must not be asleep, but alive for Christ.

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