by Herb Douglass

Not many events in the world today, on most continents, are getting more attention than the horrid heat /dry conditions that are scorching so many wide areas, especially food-producing areas. Americans hear a lot about the drought that we are experiencing in the southwest and other parts of the United States, but we rarely hear about dry conditions in other parts of the world and what others are doing about it.

Some of the other places in the world that are experiencing drought today are:
England: recent winter was the second driest in the last 100 years.
Australia: experiencing one of the worst droughts in a century.
Portugal: facing its worst drought in 300 years.
Spain: experiencing the driest conditions in 60 years.
China: Yunan province is in the midst of a drought that is affecting the drinking water supply of more than 7 million people.
Eastern Africa: suffering from a severe drought for the sixth year in a row.
Thailand: 63 of 76 provinces are suffering from drought.

Yep, drought is a worldwide phenomenon, widespread and accelerating, or so it would seem. And to make things worse, population growth is also exacerbating water shortages. In the last fifty years, we have added 3.1 billion people to our home planet that now need water and it is projected that in the next fifty years another 2.8 billion will be added. Over this same period, the amount of water has not increased. We are drilling deeper and deeper wells to get to "dinosaur water", building bigger and bigger dams to contain it, and considering water pipelines to cross mountains.  Extreme weather has visited Kevin Mainord’s Missouri farm business twice in the past two years. In 2011 a wall of water deluged his corn and soybean fields after US authorities blasted a levee to relieve flooding on the Mississippi river. This year brought drought and weeks of devastating heat.

But what's causing all this grief? Some scientists have long warned of water shortages as the world’s climate changes but they are divided between those who insist that climate changes are man-caused while others look at the charts and point out the cyclical patterns over the centuries.

However, for Mr. Mainord, our Missouri farmer, and many like him, man-caused global warming is bogus: “It’s more God and nature’s dictates, rather than a man-made event,” he said as he harvested a corn crop one-quarter of its normal size.

That reminds me of a story that Oliver Jacques passed on to me regarding a patient that his physician father had during America's depression years of the 1930s. The struggling husband with 11 children complained to Dr. Jacques that his wife was expecting again. Then he cried “How could God do this to me?”

No, blaming God for too many children is similar to blaming Him for earthquakes, cancer, or plane crashes– God surely is getting a “bad rap!” Our Lord is our Savior, not our Cosmic Executioner!

I would like to suggest that this following prediction pulls back the curtain so that we can see the Big Picture. Let everyone be persuaded in his/her own mind, but think this over:

“Satan works through the elements also to garner his harvest of unprepared souls. He has studied the secrets of the laboratories of nature, and he uses all his power to control the elements as far as God allows. . . . While appearing to the children of men as a great physician who can heal all their maladies, he will bring disease and disaster, until populous cities are reduced to ruin and desolation. Even now he is at work. In accidents and calamities by sea and by land, in great conflagrations, in fierce tornadoes and terrific hailstorms, in tempests, floods, cyclones, tidal waves, and earthquakes, in every place and in a thousand forms, Satan is exercising his power. He sweeps away the ripening harvest, and famine and distress follow. He imparts to the air a deadly taint, and thousands perish by the pestilence. These visitations are to become more and more frequent and disastrous.” The Great Controversy, pp. 589, 590.

Lots of stuff on Planet Earth are unclear and probably always will be. And that is what Heaven on Earth will be for—to let God and the angels open up their Forever Laboratories for us inquisitive earthlings. But for now, we do know enough about the Great Controversy to sort out the hand of God and the hand of Satan, His arch rebel.

It surely helps for zillions of reasons to know who is causing what!  And what we can do about either hand.
Herb Douglass