Imagine being forced to stay inside from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. while living without electricity. That’s the plight of millions in Puerto Rico today. Meanwhile, rescuers are digging through mountains of debris this morning searching for signs of life following Tuesday’s earthquake that killed at least 282 people. People in Texas and Florida are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. Maria or

another hurricane could strike the US again. And seismologists are warning today that we are “overdue” for a catastrophic earthquake. When disasters strike, it’s human nature to ask why God allowed them and to wonder how he is relevant to our suffering. We know that some suffering results from misused freedom (Gen. 3:17–19) and that natural disasters are a consequence of the fall (Rom. 8:22). We know that future good can come from present pain (Rom. 8:18). READ MORE