God and the weather!
God and the storm!
Is a connection here simply “old-fashioned” thinking?
Antiquated so-called science?
Or is the Bible right?
Because in the poetic sections of Scripture, as well as in the historical chapters (come to think of it, the Bible’s prophecy portions too) God and storms are often interrelated.
Really, not just the storms.
“The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: THE LORD HATH HIS WAY IN THE WHIRLWIND AND IN THE STORM, AND THE CLOUDS ARE THE DUST OF HIS FEET.” Nahum 1:3, the “clouds” too!
Job 38:1 and 40:6 both mention this phenomenon. “Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said ….”
And remember the “hail” as one of the plagues back in Moses’ time? Still a weather related event!
But WHY all this discussion about weather and God?
Because today’s study Verse, Psalm 77:18, further illustrates the God/storm nexus. “The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.”
God “owns” the thunder!
“Thunder” is derived from a Hebrew verb that initially means “to roar.”
“Lightning” in Hebrew means “that which flashes, glitters,” that kind of idea.
The corresponding (and adjacent) verb “lightened” means “to shine, to be glorious.”
“Tremble” means “to quake, quiver.”
And “shook” literally means “moved!”
This is a pretty violent storm, an ultra active weather “cell!”
And God (in the context of Psalm 77, its last few verses) uses that storm to help bring Pharaoh into judgment, at the Red Sea.
And folks, if we take the Bible literally (and we do) … in the future (tribulation time) God again will use the weather, thunder and lightning and storms to accomplish His goals!
Yes, Jesus even calmed storms a few times!
In closing read with me a few verses.
“He (God) causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; he maketh lightnings for the rain; he bringeth the wind out of his treasuries.” Psalm 135:7
Psalm 148:8 is really great. “Fire, and hail; snow, and vapour; stormy wind fulfilling his word.” Wow!
I rest my case.
I remember reading the biography of old Dr. M. R. DeHaan, Bible teacher extraordinaire of a past generation. As he reared his children, every time a storm came … they would all sit on the front porch and “watch God work!” Admire His Majesty, be amazed at His Power!
In one word, worship!
Today’s Verse, one more time. ”
“The voice of thy thunder was in the heaven: the lightnings lightened the world: the earth trembled and shook.”
— Dr. Mike Bagwell