It recently dawned on me that with some 175,000 people dead and vast stretches of Asia ripped apart, the devastating tsunami has prompted millions of religious believers and skeptics to question why a good and all-powerful deity would permit such evil and grief to fall on so many innocent people. Many have had silent cries to the Creator: Where was God during the tsunami? How can a merciful God allow such disaster and suffering? And should we interpret this as a sign from the Almighty? Questions abound and I honestly don't have all the answers. In the coming weeks, we hope to have an article ready on the subject.

Reading Psalms 46 (at the bottom), I think it's worth noticing that this chapter points out something significant to give us much needed comfort. We have to be ready at ALL times to understand not the God that man sees just in an isolated event, but the God of the Bible. The God of mercy. The God of love. The God of refuge and strength...and yes, the God of justice too.

The writers of psalms were able to express trust and hope in God because of their great confidence that He would act in the present and the future the same way God had acted in the past. So too will the same God create life anew and deliver us in this day of our uncertainty and fear.

Where was God you may ask? Well, my belief is that He was at the same place where His son, Jesus Christ suffered the most painful death on the cross for us. Whatever God's purpose is, may we be still, and know that He Is God.

Psalms 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.

4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
10 "Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth."

11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.