God Of Storms
I love a good soaking rain, especially in the summer when it is so hot and we need a good shower to just cool things down. However, it’s the thunder and lightning that I tend to not appreciate because of the magnitude of the noise and not to mention frightening my cats, but the destruction that lightning tends to leave upon striking a target here on the ground.
This morning shortly after arising I quickly noticed it was darker than it should be for 7 a.m. and the wind was beginning to blow. I could hear the thunder approaching and getting louder and louder. Eventually I stepped out on my front porch to the visual effects of a good thunderstorm to a light show of intense lightning. I soon returned indoors and immediately I saw and heard the sound of abundant rain. That lasted a good 20 or so minutes, followed by a calm. Suddenly where was the storm? Where did the wind , thunder, lightning, and rain go? It moved on to some other place, and we enjoyed the peace and tranquility that follows a thunderstorm.
You may ask what has your morning thunderstorm have to do with my life. Everything, if you care to take time to reflect with me. God is a God of storms! That’s one of the ways that I actually enjoy Him. It may sound weird, but if you look at the Word you will quickly find God is always in or around a storm. Around His throne is thunder and lightning as we see in Revelation 4:5. When God finally came on the scene and spoke with Job, He came out of a whirlwind. Job 37:1, “ The thunder and lightning frighten me’. 2 “Listen to God’s thundering voice! 3 He send His lightning to flash across the whole sky 4 After the flashes of lighting you can hear His roaring voice.”
Moses and the children of Israel certainly were familiar with these sounds. Exodus 19:16 “ On the morning of the third day there was thunder and lightning, a cloud covered the mountain and a loud horn sounded.” Of course you know the story well how the Lord came and sat down on the mountain, and this manifested with fire and smoke. I could quote Psalms and many other verses but my point is to say God’s voice and appearing sounds like thunder, at least that is how it is almost always described by many of those that really encounter Him.
I will mention that when Elijah was hiding the text tells us that God wasn’t in the wind, nor the earthquake, nor the fire. This was an unusual circumstance. WE need those times of the still, gentle whisper of God’s voice. We need to quiet ourselves and listen. Then there are those times where we need to know His raw power. We need the assurance as we face a storm of life that the wind of His Spirit is there and the thunder we may hear as things go awry may be His voice, and the lightning strikes of bad news may also mean that He is there preparing a way of deliverance or simply just walking through it with you.
Remember, when it starts raining there is also a refreshing, and it will stop, and then the calm and peace of His presence. He may come in with a loud noise but He always brings peace. I heard Herman Cain once say on the radio, “ You have to go through the storm to see the sunshine.” I encourage you today to remember God is in the midst of your storms and trials and He will bring peace and sunshine. Trust Him and lean into Him as the process unfolds. Let Him teach you something so maybe one day you can help someone in their storm.
We pray “ Let it rain, Let it rain, open the heavens and let it rain.” When the rain comes are we prepared? Do we really want it to rain in our spiritual lives? We must be ready to face what comes with the rain. Yes, we need more of the rain from heaven and yes we need refreshing. The next time you hear thunder and lightning in the natural consider God is speaking and He may be speaking in yours or someone else storms of life saying, “I’m bigger than all of this, I can take care of all of this.” Let’s trust Him today!!!!