Weather might be one of the most common topics of conversation. It surfaces in small talk, regular dialogue, and discussion about plans because it so significantly affects daily life. Men and women devote their careers to studying it and their evenings to watching it on television.
Seasons, phenomena, and disasters seem powerful indeed. Yet I would argue they have no power at all, not on their own.
The force behind every gust of wind, bolt of lightning, and flood of water is God. His hand controls the universe, displaying His might to the nations.
The brutal cold has made me think more deeply about nature. It is uncontrollable. Yes, man has discovered ways to harness energy, invented ways to capture resources, and implemented ways to ease catastrophes … but no man can claim authority over the ocean’s tide, exercise influence over the star’s alignment, or prove ownership of endangered species. That right and ability belong to God alone.
Isn’t that relieving? An evil dictator can’t annihilate a city with fire from heaven. An innocent child can’t make rainbows cover every inch of the sky. Nor can I make the weather do what I want … but I walk daily with the One who does.
“He covers the heavens with clouds; He prepares rain for the earth; He makes grass grow on the hills.” – Psalm 147:8
“He determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.” – 4-5
“The Lord by wisdom founded the earth; by understanding He established the heavens; by His knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew.” – Proverbs 3:19-20
The Bible is full of God’s wisdom in founding the entire created order and managing its systems. Man is clueless; only God knows how to feed wild beasts and align planets.
His running list is long, yet He flawlessly upholds the universe by the word of His power, since the dawn of creation until now, without fail.
He commands the morning,
Sends forth lightnings,
Clefts a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt,
Brings rain on the land,
Makes the ground sprout with grass,
Hunts and provides prey,
Knows when His creatures give birth,
Enters into the springs of the sea,
Walks the recesses of the deep,
Enters the storehouses of snow and hail,
Scatters the east wind upon the earth,
Numbers the clouds by wisdom.
Just to name a few (Job 38-39).
“The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein, for He has founded it upon the seas and established it upon the rivers.” – Psalm 24:1-2
“All things were made through Him, and without Him was not any thing made that was made.” – John 1:3
The ground might freeze, the earth might quake, but I will not fear, because I belong to the One who made it all.