Is God using natural disasters to get our attention? I have been keeping track of this at another website, and I must say that I think we are looking at a harbinger of what is to come. Soon and very soon, the Lord returns...keep watching. http://the-christians-forum.com/topic/4781782/
I think that the Lord is ALWAYS trying to get our attention. After all, the heavens declare his glory. I recently returned from a family trip to Yosemite National Park. While others were out and about taking photos of the place, I have always been drawn to God by walking or sitting down and marveling at the work of His hands. When it comes to disaster and persecution, I think that it often reinforces the measure of faith that is already inside of us. During times of trouble, believers and unbelievers alike "turn" to God. There are legitimate questions regarding the validity of those "turns" -- and it isn't really my place to answer them. I have simply noticed that many people turn to God in the dark "valleys" of their lives but somehow forget about Him when they are on the mountain tops when the light is shining the brightest. It reminds me of Israel going each their own way when there was no judge (ruler) and they did what was right in their own eyes. It also reminds me of the parable of the rich man and Lazarus -- and how Abraham told him, when asked to resurrect the man as a motivation to his brothers to turn to God, "If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead" (Luke 16:31). It isn't just about God getting our attention, but of our willingness to follow Him wholeheartedly once we "see" Him through it all. But, I agree that natural disasters, storms, heat waves, and all of those things can be used to grab our attention. They can even be signs. The world is blaming "climate change" for these things. Regardless, I do think that we should take the advice of Christ in regard to these things. He said, "See that ye be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end is not yet" (Matthew 24:6).
...When it comes to disaster and persecution, I think that it often reinforces the measure of faith that is already inside of us. ...It isn't just about God getting our attention, but of our willingness to follow Him wholeheartedly once we "see" Him through it all.
I'll take the heat here... over eteral heat. Let us tell souls of the Good News.