As we look around us in creation, we often see one small display of God’s great power; the thunderstorm. Yesterday we had a storm which dropped 6″ of rain and hail up to the size of nickels. God’s Word gives testament to the power of God as revealed in nature. All around us, we can see God revealing something about Himself, the question is do we notice? Often the power of God is equated with thunderstorms in Scripture, and I have been fascinated with weather for years. Last year at college I remember when we had a tornado outbreak which caused fear among all of the students. There really was nothing we could do except take shelter, pray, and hope for the best. All around us there were tornadic storms, one missed the campus by less than 5 miles and caused significant damage. As I look back on that time in my life, I remember how helpless and out of control I actually felt. Typically, as human nature is, we like to feel like we are in control of our life. However, when a tornado, strong thunderstorm, or hurricane comes and you realize there is nothing you can do to stop it, a person begins to realize that there is something Greater. As these passages show, the power of God in creation, thunderstorms, and other natural events all point towards God as the One and Only God Who is sovereignly in control over all things. What greater comfort is there for the Christian than to know God is sovereignly in control, and what greater fear for those who do not know Jesus Christ as their Savior?
22 Have you entered the storehouses of the snow,
or have you seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I have reserved for the time of trouble,
for the day of battle and war?
24 What is the way to the place where the light is distributed,
or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?
25 Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain
and a way for the thunderbolt,
26 to bring rain on a land where no man is,
on the desert in which there is no man,
27 to satisfy the waste and desolate land,
and to make the ground sprout with grass?
28 Has the rain a father,
or who has begotten the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb did the ice come forth,
and who has given birth to the frost of heaven?
30 The waters become hard like stone,
and the face of the deep is frozen.
1 Ascribe to the LORD, O sons of the mighty,
Ascribe to the LORD glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the LORD the glory due to His name;
Worship the LORD in holy array.
3 The voice of the LORD is upon the waters;
The God of glory thunders,
The LORD is over many waters.
4 The voice of the LORD is powerful,
The voice of the LORD is majestic.
5 The voice of the LORD breaks the cedars;
Yes, the LORD breaks in pieces the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf,
And Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the LORD hews out flames of fire.
8 The voice of the LORD shakes the wilderness;
The LORD shakes the wilderness of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the LORD makes the deer to calve
And strips the forests bare;
And in His temple everything says, “Glory!”
10 The LORD sat as King at the flood;
Yes, the LORD sits as King forever.
11 The LORD will give strength to His people;
The LORD will bless His people with peace.
Romans 1:16-22 shows that God has revealed Himself through creation and offers salvation to all who believe in Him.
16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “But the righteous man shall live by faith.” 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, 19 because that which is known about God is evident within them; for God made it evident to them. 20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse. 21 For even though they knew God, they did not honor Him as God or give thanks, but they became futile in their speculations, and their foolish heart was darkened. 22 Professing to be wise, they became fools.