If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people… (2 Chronicles 7:13)
In just this past year the world has experienced severe droughts, unprecedented locust infestations, and pandemic pestilence (think Coronavirus). And yes, it is our sovereign God who shuts up the heavens, commands the locust, and sends pestilence.
God is indeed sovereign, meaning that absolutely nothing happens that He has not ordained; If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? If a calamity occurs in a city has not the Lord done it? (Amos 3:6)
Why does God cause these calamities to happen to us? Maybe He is trying to get our attention; If a trumpet is blown in a city will not the people tremble? Of course, like God's servant Job, sometimes we just don’t know why; For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My way’s higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts. (Isaiah 55:9)
Like Job, we ought to humbly acknowledge our God's sovereignty; I know that You can do all things, and that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted. (Job 42:2) Rather than questioning or even lamenting God’s sovereignty, Christians should always embrace and be thankful for His sovereignty knowing that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)
If you are a Christian you understand that because of His gracious sovereignty, God has justified us, is sanctifying us, and will someday glorify us! Maranatha!