Please read PART ONE first.
PART #2 THE STORMS OF JOB, JONAH, AND JESUS:
A Biblical Look At The Source Of Storms. Is it possible that some storms come from Satan? Is it possible that some storms come from God? Is it possible that some storms come from the result of low pressure and high pressure colliding? Yes, yes, and yes! I know that seems a bit confusing, but all three of those answers are correct. I am aware that this post will mess with the theology of almost everyone. There are those who believe in the total predetermined, predestinated acts of everything. Nothing happens that doesn’t come from God. Then there are those who believe that all “bad” things come from Satan, not God. This will mess with that belief as well. And this also will mess with those who have the belief that everything is just FATE…“whatever will be will be”…so, please allow me to be an “equal opportunity offender” on this post…hehehehehe…
LET’S TAKE A LOOK AT STORMS…hurricanes, tornadoes, wintery snow, or ice storms, etc. Does God send these storms or did the devil…who is to blame? Insurance companies commonly call storms an “act of God”. But, do storms really have a supernatural source, or are they just acts of “mother nature”, with neither God nor the devil having anything at all to do with them? Well, my answer may surprise you, so please read on…
I see from the Word of God that all three are sources; God, Satan, and nature. There is no doubt from example #1 that SATAN is the culprit in this storm! Read the context in Job chapter 1 and see plainly that the devil is behind this storm. He apparently has the ability to send destructive storms, because it clearly teaches in this example that Satan send a wind storm to strike Job’s farm, killing his children and servants….
Job 1:19 “And, behold, there came a great wind from the wilderness, and smote the four corners of the house, and it fell upon the young men, and they are dead; and I only am escaped alone to tell thee.”
But in example #2, we clearly find God behind a wind storm! Jonah running from God’s call to preach in Nineveh, hops in a boat to flee the other way, and this storm is clearly sent from God, who not only prepared a storm, but also a fish, and later, He prepared a gourd, a worm, and a heat wave all directed to one disobedient prophet…
Jonah 1:4 “But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.”
(Make no mistake about it, God knows how to send storms that “breaks” things!!)
But then in example #3, we read where Jesus and His disciples were crossing the sea in a boat in the Galilee region, when suddenly it is hit with a horrible storm. Notice carefully when Christ arose, He didn’t rebuke the devil for the storm, nor did He rebuke His Father for sending the storm, He merely rebuked “THE WIND” itself!
Mark 4:39 “And He arose, and rebuked THE WIND, and said unto THE SEA, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”
Miraculously, the wind immediately died down. The laws which govern the rotation of the earth and the motion of the winds are still only partially discovered and understood. No weather forecaster would deny this fact. No weatherman can perfectly predict weather 100% of the time! Even Jesus said that the wind blows where it desires, wants, or pleases to. (See John 3:8) He actually made its laws to work that way.
There are millions of variables that change everything in the weather.
So the short answer to this post is that sometimes storms, floods, earthquakes, fires, droughts, etc. are an attack from Satan, sometimes they are punishment from God, and then other times they are the result of a fallen planet that is subject to barometric pressures, cloud formations, rising and falling temptatures, pressure on the earth’s core, wind velocities and many other possibilities.
We are left to turn to the Lord to intervene for us, and to pray for His mercy, protection and involvement.
Please chew on this and comment if you so choose! God bless you all! Love, John