I don’t know about the temperature where you live, but here in Georgia (Southern U.S.) it is supposed to be pretty warm year-round. Right now though, it is unusually cold and people like me who are not accustomed to cold temperatures are miserable. According to Accuweather.com, the average temperature for Georgia this time of year is 51°, but today it is only 10° and feels like 1°.
I know this post seems random, but it made me start wondering about God and His influence on the weather.
I started to think about Job. When Satan wanted to take everything from him to see if he would remain faithful to God, he caused a tornado to hit his home, but he had to ask God’s permission to do so.
Job 1:9-12, 18-19 says “Does Job fear God for nothing?” Satan replied. “Have you not put a hedge around him and his household and everything he has? You have blessed the work of his hands, so that his flocks and herds are spread throughout the land. But now stretch out your hand and strike everything he has, and he will surely curse you to your face.” The Lord said to Satan, “Very well, then, everything he has is in your power, but on the man himself do not lay a finger.” Then Satan went out from the presence of the Lord…“Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!”
Other verses indicating that God controls the weather:
Psalm 107:25, 29 “For he commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves thereof…He makes the storm calm so that the waves are still…”
In Mark 4:39-41, Jesus and His disciples went for a boat ride and a huge wave came upon them and a storm surrounded them. The it says “He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. He said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” They were terrified and asked each other, “Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!”
There are many more verses that talk about God sending thunder, earthquakes, devouring fires, directing lightning bolts to their target, strong winds, hailstones, and rains (but without flooding the entire earth again).
This brings forth even more questions. If God causes the natural disasters such as wildfires, tornadoes, and earthquakes that take numerous lives every year-WHY?????
Of course, we can never truly know the will of God. He has an entirely different perspective on everything because He sees the entire picture, but here is what we can gather from scripture and from life experience:
1. Perhaps someone is being tested like Job and you are just caught in the cross-fire?
2. Because of a leader’s sin as in 2 Samuel 21:1 “During the reign of David, there was a famine for three successive years; so David sought the face of the Lord. The Lord said, ‘It is on account of Saul and his blood-stained house; it is because he put the Gibeonites to death.’”
3. To show the mighty power of God
“I will call on the Lord to send thunder and rain. And you will realize what an evil thing you did in the eyes of the Lord when you asked for a king. Then Samuel called on the Lord, and that same day the Lord sent thunder and rain. So all the people stood in awe of the Lord and of Samuel.“ 1 Samuel 12:17-18
4. To instill the fear of God in people
“When the centurion and those with him who were guarding Jesus saw the earthquake and all that had happened, they were terrified, and exclaimed, ‘Surely he was the Son of God!’” Matthew 27:54
5. As punishment from sin
“When the heavens are shut up and there is no rain because your people have sinned against you, and when they pray toward this place and give praise to your name and turn from their sin because you have afflicted them, then hear from heaven and forgive the sin of your servants, your people Israel. Teach them the right way to live, and send rain on the land you gave your people for an inheritance.” 1 Kings 8:35-36
6. God knows human nature. In times of trouble, people tend to “call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.” (Psalm 50:15). He knows disasters make us turn to Him and bring honor and glory to Him.
Whatever the reasoning, we know God controls everything on the earth and if we just trust Him and praise Him through everything, He will deliver us from it all and do what needs to be done to bring Him the glory and honor.