When one escapes from the massive damage that was caused all around them by the massive tornadoes that ripped through the area it’s easy to just forget that devastation is all around them affecting thousands of people. But one thought does not escape. What about those who suffered no damage? What are they thinking? What reasons do they bring to the table as to why they escaped and others did not?
I don’t presume to offer anything except Jesus’ words in Luke 13:1-5. Some people come to Jesus and “tell” him about a two harsh losses at the hands of a tyrant and a falling tower. Jesus reply? Repent!
Jesus makes clear that the loss suffered had nothing to do with the suffering being because they were worse sinners. They were not worse sinners at all. For all have sinned and fallen short of God’s glory. The living and those not suffering were sinners just like the ones who were dead and mourning loss.
Jesus offers no reason to satisfy their curiosity nor does he offer a theology to them on why Father allows some to escape and others to not. He profoundly says to them that unless they repent they to will perish.
Harsh loss witnessed by others who escape harsh loss is a chance to repent now and avoid eternal consequences.
For me, today, I must repent. I don’t ask why. I repent of my many sins. I have been spared harsh loss. Why? I don’t know except to say I must not miss this opportunity to repent now. Oh, and I have plenty of sin to repent of.