When winter storms are on the way, people stock up on food and supplies to endure the bitter cold, feet of snow, and power outages. The networks send their bravest reporters to broadcast live from the scene. Many times the meteorologists predict these storms days before, hyping up the storms even if they never occur.
Have you ever noticed that when a forecasted storm does occur, the meteorologists get all the credit for the brilliant forecast, but if the storm doesn’t materialize, they blame the “computer models” for not forecasting correctly?
And here is another thing about the weather: many times the weather affects people’s moods. Big time. Now, I know that there are some physiological things going on there. But sometimes people use the excuse of the weather to be in a grumpy, lazy or bad mood.
What if I told you that God controls the weather? He is sovereign over all. Nothing is outside of His control. The Bible is clear that He is actively involved in the lives of people and in the forces of nature on planet Earth.
The world was affected by the sin of Adam & Eve, no doubt. And the decisions of people still affect the planet. Starting in the first chapter of the Bible, people are instructed to do our best to care for the planet. However, honest scientists and environmentalists will admit that there are forces of nature at work more powerful than humans could ever hope to control. That is because God is in control.
Here are some verses from the Bible that discuss God’s control of the weather.
Psalm 148:7-10 (HCSB)
Praise the Lord from the earth, all sea monsters and ocean depths, lightning and hail, snow and cloud, powerful wind that executes His command, mountains and all hills, fruit trees and all cedars, wild animals and all cattle, creatures that crawl and flying birds.
Psalm 29:1-11 (HCSB)
Ascribe to Yahweh, you heavenly beings, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
Ascribe to Yahweh the glory due His name; worship Yahweh in the splendor of His holiness.
The voice of the Lord is above the waters. The God of glory thunders— the Lord, above vast waters,
the voice of the Lord in power, the voice of the Lord in splendor.
The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars; the Lord shatters the cedars of Lebanon.
He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, and Sirion, like a young wild ox.
The voice of the Lord flashes flames of fire.
The voice of the Lord shakes the wilderness; the Lord shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
The voice of the Lord makes the deer give birth and strips the woodlands bare. In His temple all cry, “Glory!”
The Lord sat enthroned at the flood; the Lord sits enthroned, King forever.
The Lord gives His people strength; the Lord blesses His people with peace.
Mark 4:35-41 (HCSB)
On that day, when evening had come, He told them, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the sea.” So they left the crowd and took Him along since He was already in the boat. And other boats were with Him. A fierce windstorm arose, and the waves were breaking over the boat, so that the boat was already being swamped. But He was in the stern, sleeping on the cushion. So they woke Him up and said to Him, “Teacher! Don’t You care that we’re going to die?” He got up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Silence! Be still!” The wind ceased, and there was a great calm. Then He said to them, “Why are you fearful? Do you still have no faith?” And they were terrified and asked one another, “Who then is this? Even the wind and the sea obey Him!”
God controls the weather. Trust in Him. Be prepared for the storms. Learn to deal with the weather you face. Ask God to help you. In the midst of it all, give thanks to the Lord that He is in control, that He is with you, and give Him praise. God is good.