I was reading through Isaiah the other day and I came across a section of the text that was a bit concerning. The text is Isaiah 45, a text which affirms the sovereignty of God. The text reads thusly:
I am the Lord, and there is no other;
apart from me there is no God.
I will strengthen you,
though you have not acknowledged me,
so that from the rising of the sun
to the place of its setting
people may know there is none besides me.
I am the Lord and there is no other.
I form the light and create darkness,
I bring prosperity and create disaster;
I, the Lord, do all these things.
I have a pretty intelligent readership. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Does God really mean what He says here? In light of the disasters of Katrina, Rita & Wilma, should we rail against God as the creator of these disasters? How do we make sense of this “hard saying”?