God Controls The Weather, Not Us
5 God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways;
he does great things beyond our understanding.
6 He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’
and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’
And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light.
We read these words, and we look up in the sky, and we say to ourselves, “Oh, God created light!” What we may not think about is that God created light on day one of creation. He created the Sun, Moon, and Stars on day four of creation. What was the light that He created on day one?
There are marvelous mysteries waiting for us to learn. Was light, as a construct, created first, then the objects to display the light created later? The good news is that God has revealed some of those mysteries to us. One of them is the weather. God, in His infinite wisdom, chose to make known to man that He, and He alone, is sovereign over the weather.
We have been greatly blessed to have different kinds of weather. It was not always so. Until the flood, there is reason to believe that it had never rained on the Earth*. God commands His creation to give rain and snow and sleet and wind and every other type of weather that we experience:
8 He covers the sky with clouds;
he supplies the earth with rain
and makes grass grow on the hills.
15 He sends his command to the earth;
his word runs swiftly.
16 He spreads the snow like wool
and scatters the frost like ashes.
17 He hurls down his hail like pebbles.
Who can withstand his icy blast?
18 He sends his word and melts them;
he stirs up his breezes, and the waters flow.
All power and authority over the Earth and the Universe has been given to our Lord Jesus Christ. There is nothing that he does not have authority over in the physical and spiritual realm of all created things. Because of this, we know that Jesus is master over the weather:
24 The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Master, Master, we’re going to drown!”
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm.
Jesus not only commands the weather; He has it stored up for His express purposes:
22 “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow
or seen the storehouses of the hail,
23 which I reserve for times of trouble,
for days of war and battle?
24 What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed,
or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth?
25 Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain,
and a path for the thunderstorm,
26 to water a land where no one lives,
an uninhabited desert,
27 to satisfy a desolate wasteland
and make it sprout with grass?
28 Does the rain have a father?
Who fathers the drops of dew?
29 From whose womb comes the ice?
Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens
30 when the waters become hard as stone,
when the surface of the deep is frozen?”
Since we know that Christ is sovereign over the weather, we must now re-evaluate our position on human-induced climate change:
- Who warms the Earth? Is it man, or is God?
- Who cools the Earth? Is it man, or is God?
- Are we arrogant enough to believe that we, through our feeble efforts, are able to influence the weather in such a grandiose way that we are now sovereign over it?
- Though ants can move a mountain of dirt from a hill, what significant impact does that have on the rest of the world?
We deem ourselves too important in our own eyes when we say that it is we who are causing the temperature to change in the atmosphere of the Earth. How convenient!
Forty or so years ago, scientists were warning us that “Global Cooling” was going to plunge us into another ice age (ask your parents and/or grandparents about that if you aren’t old enough to remember. And try to find the write-ups anywhere now – most have been expunged. Is it not Satan who is the author of Historical Revisionism [i.e., lying and deceit]?).
When they were wrong about that, about a decade and a half later, we were told that in a decade or so “Global Warming” would be so bad that the polar ice caps would melt, all the polar bears would die, and the world’s ocean levels would rise to such a point that our coastal lines would change.
When THAT didn’t happen, they came up with “Global Climate Change.” Not content to attribute one swing in temperature to ourselves, we are now taking full credit for changes in the weather:
- If it is cold, WE DID IT!
- If it is hot, WE DID IT!
- If it is neither, SOMETHING THAT WE DID MUST HAVE CAUSED IT!
21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles.
A Qualifying Question
Let’s ask a question: Whom do I believe when it comes to changes in the weather?
A short prayer of preparation:
Want more? Why not try A. B. Simpson or A. W. Tozer?
*In Genesis 2:6, there is indication that rain had not fallen on the Earth, but that either springs came forth or a mist came forth to water the plants. When Noah made the Ark, and preached righteousness, if there had EVER been a flood before (no matter how small), people most likely would have believed him. After all, if a person had survived the flooding of the Nile every year, and could see that the rains caused it, would they not have believed Noah at least about the flooding portion of His message? Even now, we have hundred-year floods that cause great devastation. People generally lived along streams and rivers, because water was so important in agriculture. Noah was six hundred years old when it flooded (Genesis 7:6). He and others would have survived AT LEAST FIVE hundred-year floods in his lifetime. Unless there had never been a flood before…