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Earlier this year, a large chunk of ice fell from the cloudy skies above Tampa, Florida onto a parked 2000 Ford Mustang, caving the roof in and blowing out the rear window. The car’s back seat was littered with damp bits of glass and ice.

Although a young man’s “dream car” was crushed, nearby pedestrians and homes were not touched. Even the 20-year-old owner was not in his vehicle at the time of the deluge.

Residents in the neighborhood apparently heard a loud groaning noise where upon they looked out to see the wreckage of the once sporty, red Mustang. Another neighbor spied a nearby chunk of ice the size of a football and stashed it in his fridge.

The young owner of the vehicle, who was still making payments on it, contacted his insurance agent to explain the unusual occurrence and insisted, “This was not an act of God! This came off an airplane.” No doubt, he was anticipating the former verdict from his insurer. And of course, so called “acts of God” are generally not covered by most insurance policies.

God Instigator of Devasting Events?

Such natural disasters as tsunamis, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, wildfires, tornados or hurricanes are often referred to as “acts of God.” But is God really the instigator of catastrophic and devastating events that claim hundreds, if not thousands of innocent lives and cause millions of dollars worth of property damage?

The answer is no! While there are a few instances in the Bible where God used the forces of nature to bring about the destruction or cities, societies and individuals who were bent on evil, there are no instances where the Almighty indiscriminately used nature to destroy innocent, God fearing people or their property.

Because God is love, such behavior would not be compatible with the character of the Creator.

In one way or another, Satan is the initiator of these devastating tragedies that rock and rob our planet. In fact, every act of evil that has ever been thought out, or carried through has been provoked by this evil being sometimes known as the Devil.

On the other hand, the true “acts of God” include creating life, sustaining life, guiding, directing, protecting, blessing and best of all, transforming lives. The latter occurs when we give our hearts to God and allow the Lord to change us from the inside out, making us brand new. Then day by day as we walk with the Lord a transformation takes place. Originally made in the image of God, we now begin to reflect more and more the character of the Lord our God.

"I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh" (Ezekiel 36:26).

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