Sunday, January 07, 2007

Thunder of His Power

For the past three or four days on Maui, we have experienced winds that have blown and blown and blown. Sometimes the winds bring rain, and even an occasional flash of lightning which is rare for Hawaii. It is January, and this is somewhat normal for this time of year. We are heading for Idaho in about 5 days and they are getting lots of snow and freezing temperatures. Denver has been socked in with snow for a couple of weeks. However, in New York, they have summer-like conditions where the temperatures are in their 70s, people are jogging in shorts and the flowers are beginning to come up and bloom. In conversation with people on the telephone, the question is inevitably: "What is happening to our weather patterns?" It is not "normal." It plants some questions in our minds about global warming, and anxious thoughts about what might come next.

This morning as I read my devotions I was amazed at God's sovereign control---even over the weather! He has power over the changing patterns of all the weather. Listen to these verses:

"He made the earth by his power, he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. When he thunders, the waters in the heavens roar; he makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth. He sends lightning with the rain and brings out the winds from his storehouses." Jeremiah 51:15-16

Did you realize he stores up the wind??? He makes the clouds to rise??? He orders the lightning to come??? WOW!

"He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing. He wraps up the waters in his clouds, yet the clouds do not burst under their weight. He covers the face of the full moon, spreading his clouds over it. He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters for a boundary between light and darkness. The pillars of the heavens quake, aghast at his rebuke. By his power he churned up the sea; by his wisdom he cut Rahab to pieces. By his breath the skies became fair; his hand pierced the gliding serpent. And these are but the outer fringe of his works; how faint the whisper we hear of him! Who then can understand the thunder of His power?" Job 26:7-14

By the word of His mouth, the earth quakes. By his breath, the skies clear. The sea churns by his power!!! WOW!

"God understands the way to it (wisdom) and he alone knows where it dwells, for he views the ends of the earth and sees everything under the heavens. When he established the force of the wind and measured out the waters, when he made a decree for the rain and a path for the thunderstorm, then he looked at wisdom and appraised it; he confirmed it and tested it. And he said to man, "The fear of the Lord---that is wisdom, and to shun evil is understanding." Job 28:23-28

By God's wisdom, He controls the weather---he established it! He made a decree for the rain and the thunderstorm to follow according to his perfect wisdom!!! God understands what is happening with the strange weather patterns we are experiencing---he ordered it that way by the thunder of his power! What an awesome truth proclaimed in God's Word!
His power is limitless---how humbling to know that He loves us and by His power he keeps us safe and secure in His arms!
Nothing can separate us from his love for us in Christ Jesus our Lord---nothing!

Praise to our awesome God!


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