Hurricane Matthew is about to come along the southeast coast of the United States. I was watching a guy on the news talk about what is and is not covered by various types of insurance. Some people find out after the fact, for example, that flood damage is not covered by a typical homeowner’s policy and you must specifically purchase flood insurance. Wind damage and other “acts of God” may be included or excluded in the fine print of the policy documents. And that statement got me to thinking.
Acts of God is a term used in insurance policies and car rental agreements to describe events and situations beyond human control. The Fox News commentator pointed out that all wind is an act of God. Acts of God are not always bad things that happen to your car, home or property. As a matter of fact the opposite is true. Acts of God include giving out bottles of water, rebuilding damaged homes and feeding people in a soup kitchen. The birth of Jesus in a manager and his death on a cross are acts of God. Sunrise, sunset, ocean waves, autumn leaves, rainbows and snowflakes are acts of God. A mother holding a newborn baby in her arms for the first time is an act of God (even if the hospital bills you $39.35 for the privilege).
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. -Galatians 5:22-23
In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ -Acts 20:35
The acts of God clause is typically written by lawyers into the fine print of legal documents. So what else would we expect? Close your eyes, take a deep breath and ask God to show you his acts. He rewards those who diligently seek him.