From its chamber comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds. By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen fast. He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction or for his land or for love, he causes it to happen. —Job 37:9-13

             In this passage above we find out why storms come. The whirlwind is a violent storm with wind from the south and then there are the cold winds from the north. Then you have ice, rain and lightning. All these are guided by God because He is in control of all things.   So whether it is a fierce wind from the north or south or ice, rain or lightning— these all come from His hand and He works through them to fulfill His purposes. “He commands them on the face of the habitable world.”

            What are some of His purposes in His guidance of storms? There are three listed in this passage.

  1. He can work through storms to bring correction. He works through storms as a judgment. He is seeking for people to turn and do what is right because they are doing wrong! They need to acknowledge Him!
  2. He works through storms for the land. Water in its various forms brings forth vegetation, creates streams, rivers ponds and lakes. People need to acknowledge Him in this!
  3. He works through storms to show His love— “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous” (Matthew 5:45). We need water to survive and so He provides it for all mankind. People need to acknowledge Him for His love!

He is our attention getting, faithful provider and gracious, loving God.   Let us consider these reasons God brings about storms and when we are in one to take time and pray that His will be accomplished through it! Yes, Dear Father may this be so in the power of Your Holy Spirit and in the authority of Jesus.

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