God saw all that he had made, and it was very good. (Genesis 1:31, NIV 1984).
My Musings – In legal usage throughout the English-speaking world, an “act of God” is a natural hazard outside human control, such as an earthquake or tsunami, for which no person can be held responsible. (Wikipedia). In Biblical usage, an act of God (as He originally intended it) was supernatural and “was very good.”
To keep it good, however, was not “outside human control.” There was only one rule. But a shadow fell across God’s creation. The shadow of a tree, bearing forbidden fruit. We failed to control our desires and ate what was forbidden. Since that time, we have violated every other rule handed down by God. For these, we will all be “held responsible,” although we almost universally disclaim responsibility. In fact, we have a tendency to blame God for all that is wrong with us and in the world.
To make things right again also took an act of God. The shadow of another tree fell across God’s fallen creation, bearing the broken body of a sinless victim — God’s Son. “You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless [outside human control], Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us [the ultimate Act of God].” (Romans 5:6–8, NIV 1984). And “God saw all that he had made [new], and it was very good.”
My Advice – We will all be subject to one of two “acts of God.” Either His act of grace or His act of judgment. Either way, God will be just in His actions. Which one it will be (grace or judgment) is not “outside human control.” If we accept His Son’s death as the remedy for our sins, it will be grace. If we reject this remedy, it will be judgment — for there is no other remedy. Seems like a simple choice. Which have you chosen?