He raises the poor from the dust

Look at me and be appalled,
and lay your hand over your mouth.
(Job 21:5 ESV)

This should be our response when we look at the suffering in Haiti.

Disasters such as the catastrophic earthquake in Haiti can prompt us to ask, “Why?” No doubt the theology of earthquakes and natural disasters and God’s sovereignty will be thrashed around over the next few weeks. But if compassion and empathy do not rise in our hearts in response to the destruction of people’s lives, then our hearts are too hardened to be affected by theological arguments.

God does not respond with theology, He responds with Himself (Psalm 113:7). Our response should also consider what we can pray, what we can do and what we can give – there are no universal answers, but we do all have to justify our response (or lack of it) to God.