For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. -Romans 8:19-22
I’m living in a tropical place, and my country is surrounded with water in every side. Natural Calamities have been a part of my life since birth. And since that’s the case, I grew up thinking that every time natural calamities happen, God is angry at us. There was no room for me to be corrected. I never asked about it neither from my parents nor from my neighbors.
It was just months ago that I realize that my perception of natural calamities was wrong. Our nature is groaning for a reason. And its groaning is not the ultimate expression of God’s anger. Hell is the greatest expression of God’s wrath.
Last night, I was thinking about blogging something about groaning of nature. It was just a thought out of nowhere, not knowing that the next day (which is today), a natural calamity will occur in some parts of my country. Although I am miles away from the core of the earthquake, but when I saw the news earlier, I cannot stop myself from thinking about Romans 8:22.
I used to question God why He allows natural calamities to occur, but when I grow more in Him, I realized that we, humans, are the reason why our nature is groaning. Earthquakes, tsunamis, storms, hurricanes and many other natural calamities should be blamed to us. You know why? Our nature never wants to be futile, it only happened when Fall of Man occurred:
And to Adam he said, “Because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree of which I commanded you, ‘You shall not eat of it,’ cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life; 18 thorns and thistles it shall bring forth for you; and you shall eat the plants of the field.” –Genesis 3:17-18
“Cursed is the ground because of you.” Cursed is the ground because if us! We cannot put the blame to anyone else. The nature is groaning because it wants to be free. It wants to be free from the curse that has been made in it because of us. Its groaning should remind us that its suffering still has not end. It still cries for redemption.
I am a Degree Holder in Biology but although how much we study why the crusts move, why tsunamis exist, why storms happen, but we can only say the process. We can only tell you the superficial reasons but not the roots of it. The reason is not found in any Biology books. The very reason can only be read in the Bible.
Look wherever we will—we see the disorder introduced by sin. Listen in whatever direction you choose—and you will hear the discord produced by sin.
They should awaken us to a sense of our sin and guilt. They teach us the evil of sin, the vanity of earthly things, and our need of patience. Has creation been suffering and groaning for nearly six thousand years—all because of man’s sin; and shall we be impatient if called to suffer for a short time for our own sin—especially when we know that our case is not singular, that we do not suffer alone—but that the same afflictions are accomplished in our brethren which are in the world?
We need to exercise patience, repentance toward God, and hope in the midst of sorrow. Creation has suffered long, in hope of the deliverance promised—and much more should we. The groans of creation seem to accuse us of cruelty—because we caused them! They seem to complain of us—because we show so little sympathy. We live in a groaning world—a world that travails in pain, a world that looks forward to a glorious deliverance! Let us, therefore, walk wisely, humbly, and hopefully too—expecting the blessed hope.
–James Smith, 1862 (Nature and Grace Groaning)
That’s why the next time it happened, let us not blame it to God. Let’s stop blaming everything to Him when the very reason natural calamities happen is because of us.