In light of the recent disaster in the Philippines, we weep with those who weep. For those families directly impacted by the typhoon, one can only imagine how gut wrenching this must be for them. Such things are the makers of widows and orphans, so how do we respond Biblically?

FoxNews reports, “Haiyan struck the island nation Friday, impacted more than 4.2 million people across 36 provinces in the Philippines, according to the Philippine government’s National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council. The death toll has reached 1,000 but the number is projected to climb to 10,000.”

The cry of our Reformational Fore-Fathers was Soli Deo Gloria, To God be the Glory Alone. It can be hard to see the glory of God during times like these, yet the Providential Glory of God exceeds our understanding. This fallen world is rife with death at every turn, yet we remember that God ordains all things for His glory. In knowing this, we rest in His Sovereign Will, no matter how painful it may be today.

As for those who find themselves in the most dire need, the Church is called to take care of the widow, orphan, and others in great suffering. When you live thousands if miles away, sometimes a donation to a reputable Christian organization may seem all that one can do, but such donations are indeed needed.

Those who are capable and free of major responsibilities can use this time to travel abroad and assist in relief efforts, just as so many made the sacrifice to help with the tsunami fallout in Indonesia. A great door to the gospel is often opened as the reality of death is at the forefront of people’s minds. Let us pray for those who are helping now and those arriving to help. May the God of all Grace empower them to preach the gospel and thus see the unbelieving come to the knowledge of Christ and His Blessed Redemption.

Finally, let such calamities be a dire warning for all who do not believe upon Christ for salvation. Let us heed these eternal words.

1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way?
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
Luke 13:1-5 (ESV)