Is this an act of God, asked Abram & Sarai when they were barren
Hagar when she was abused by Abram & Sarai
Job when he watched everything he loved drip away
Joseph when he was cast into the pit
Puah & Shiprah when they were ordered to put the babies in the water
Moses when he understood his people were enslaved
The Prodigal wondered when he was lost, the widow thought when she lived on nothing, Mary & Martha questioned when Lazarus died, the disciples cried when they arrested Jesus for heresy.
Is this an act of God we ask when the hurricanes howl and the tornados terrorize and the earthquakes wreak havoc?
How about a world pandemic is this an act of God?
Where is our Force Majeure? We want a new contract. If it’s an act of God then there’s nothing under our control and we can just wait for God’s helicopter to save us.
But Abraham & Sarah became the parents of nations
Hagar kept her child safe & found her freedom
Joseph was raised from the pit the Pharaoh’s advisor
Puah & Shiprah hid the babies from the Pharaoh
Moses lead the slaves to freedom
The Prodigal came home, the Widow gave away her mites, Lazarus was healed and returned to Mary and Martha, and Jesus rose from the dead.
I don’t really know what an act of God is.
But I know who God is, God is the God of jubilee, the God healing, the God of redos, reconciliations and resurrections.
We can enact the will of God. We are Abraham & Sarah, Joseph, Puah & Shiprah, Moses. When we enact the will of God return home, we become healed, give to the poor and become resurrected with Christ.
Are we an act of God? God I pray that we are.