“Does disaster come to a city unless the Lord has planned it?” (Amos 3:6).
This may not seem like a very encouraging verse on one level, but it is when you think of it the other way round. If when disaster comes God causes it, that must mean that when disaster’s averted, it’s God who chases it away. When we lose money but still make ends meet, when we have things stolen but no harm comes to us, we can give thanks to God for His protection. He’s kept disaster from coming near us.