God’s Wonder in the …

God’s Wonder in the Weather
Russell J Asvitt

There is one important fact that most people who talk about and predict the weather fail to recognize even though the Bible makes it clear. Do you know what it is?

The weather has been a subject of conversation, study and prediction for many years. Feeble, unsuccessful attempts-such as cloudseeding-have even been made to control it. The meteorologist is frustrated in his attempts to find natural laws that regulate the weather. He fails to realize that the weather is not limited to natural laws but is regulated by God.
The meteorologist studies the clouds and classifies them according to their appearance. Their names describe the type of clouds but do not explain how or why the clouds are formed as they are.
Observation stations are located in remote parts of the earth to obtain the wind direction, air pressure and temperatures. The scientists hope that gathering this information will help them predict what the weather will be. Radar is used to identify storms and cloud systems and to measure the amount of rainfall all over the world. Thanks are used to measure evaporation, rain and snow. The weather scientists hope that by gathering enough statistical data they can find the key to more accurate weather forecasting. Weather satellites and the most modern digital computers are enlisted in man’s search for this knowledge.
With the expenditure of millions of dollars and hours and hours of studying charts produced by sophisticated data processing equipment, how effective is this research in accurately predicting the weather? If you have been listening to the daily weather forecast on the radio or TV, you know that there have been great strides made in the technology of weather observation; but the accuracy, or shoudl I say inaccuracy, of predictions remains about the same. We still wash our cars when fair skies have been predicted and then are surprised by an unexpected rain shower. You will notice that the forecaster never positively predicts rain but uses gambling terms such as “a 60 percent chance of rain.”
I recent years, scients have charted the circular motion of the winds and how they affect the ocean curents. These charts are also general in nature because the exact paths of the winds cannot be accurately predicted. The Bible, which critics have called “unscientific,” is about 3000 years ahead of the scientists.
Ecclesiastes 1:6 says: “The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.”
Solomon had no satelllite pircures, electronic devices or aerial observers to report this to him; but God gave him the wisdom to report this truth.

Balance in the Clouds
One of the greatest factors in weather observation is cloud formation. Clouds are classsified by their shape, color and elevation. The type of cloud gives an indication of the expected weather.
Job was asked a perplexing question about the clouds. “Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?” (Job 37:16).
The word “balancings” is from the Hebrew word miphlas, which is used only this one time in the Bible. It means poised, in perfect balance. How remarkable! Millions of tons of water vapor are suspended in clouds all over the earth, poised, ready to be released whenever God wills it.
With all of modern man’s knowledge, he still cannot answer the question put to Job thousands of years ago. How can tons of water defy the law of gravity to remain suspended as much as 50,000 feet above the surface of the earth for hours or days and then be released to fall gently on the petals of delicate flowers, leaving them unharmed, or to come down at other times in torrential downpours with massive destructive power?
How can we explain the unpredictable behaviour of the weather? It may be unpredictable to man in his limited knowledge, but it is clear from the Scriptures that God is the Author of the weather and the One who balances the clouds.
Jeremiah 10:13 explains: “When he [God] uttereth his voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and he causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth: he maketh lightings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of his treasures.”
There is not natural law known to man that can explain evapration. We know what happens, of course-water rises in the form of invisible water vapor. But what causes it to do this? Jeremiah says that God utters His voice. Psalm 33:6 says: “By the word of the Lord were the heavens made; and all the host of them by the breath of his mouth.”
By this same voice the waters are gathered together. Because we cannot hear this voice does not mean it does not exist. We cannot see infrared light, either, but it does exist; and it can be recorded on special film.

Purpose of Rain
For what purpose does God call His clouds into being? “Also by watering he wearieth the thick cloud: he scattereth his bright cloud: And it is turned round about by his counsels: that they may do whatsoever he commandeth them upon the face of the world in the earth. He causeth it to come, whether for correction, or for his land, or for mercy” (Job 37:11-13).
What a picture this is of the power of God! He fills the clouds with water. He burdens them with a weight they cannot bear for long. Then He turns them in whatever direction He wants them to go. No wonder the weatherman is often frustrated in his predictions. He sees the clouds proceeding in one direction, and without warning they change and go another way. They pass over one city and rain on the next.
Three reasons are given for the rainfall.
First, it is for correction-that is, to correct man’s thinking about his own greatness. The psalmist said: “Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves” (Psa. 100:3). We need to be constantly reminded of this.
Second, rain is necessary for the land. Rain is vital for plant life and for growing food for our very existence. Even when the clouds do not drop rain, the wind that drives them is very important to the earth’s ecology. Because we breathe oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide, it is necessary for the air to be continually stirred up. Otherwise, we would shortly use up all the oxygen in our environment and die. Trees and vegetation, on the other hand, produce oxygen and take in carbon dioxide. Because most of our forests are in unpopulated areas, the winds are needed to make this proper distribution and exchange of gases. No evolutionist can explain this perfect plan of God for the good of the land.
Third, rainfall shows God’s mercy and kindness to bestow the gentle rain on an undeserving human race that continually reels against Him. As Jesus said in His sermon on the Mount, God “sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45).
Good weather depends upon man’s obedience to God, as we can see in Leviticus 26:3,4. “If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and to them; then I will give yourain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit.”
The disobedience of man results in God’s judgment. Besides sending the floods and the storms, the Lord can also with hold the rain as a form of punishment.
Deuteronomy 11:16,17 says: “Take heed to yourselves, that your heart be not deceived, and ye turn aside, and serve other gods, and worship them; and then the Lord’s wrath be kindled against you, and he shut up the heaven, that there be no rain and that the land yield not her fruit; and lest ye perish quickly from off the good land which the Lord giveth you.”
The weather has been used by God in the past to reveal His majesty to man. It is still being used today and will be a factor in insuring man’s obedience in the Millennium when Jesus return.
In speaking of that day, Zechariah 14:17 says: “And it shall be, that whoso will not come up of all the families of the earth unto Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, even upon them shall be no rain.”
God’s Word reveals His commandments, His discipline for disobedience, and, more than that, His mercy and forgiveness. In answer to a prayer of Solomon, the Lord has given us the method of obtaining relief from His judgment for our disobedience. It is found in II Chronicles 7:13,14: “If I shut up heaven that there be no rain …if my people, which are called b my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
First, the Lord speaks to His people to humble themselves. Humility is the first order of business if we want relief. Next, we must prayerfully seek God’s face. We often come to the Lord with our hands our asking for things but not really seeking His fellowship. We must then determine to turn from our wicked ways. When all these conditions have been met, then God will keep His word. He will answer our prayer. Notice that He always puts first things first. When He hears us, He will forgive our sins. This is the thing that separates us from God, so it must be put away. Then God will heal our land. If He has withheld the rain, He will send it to give life to the land. If He has sent us storms, then they shall cease.

Who Controls the Weather?
There is only One who can control the weather. He walked among us almost 2000 years ago.
This is what Mark writes: “And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he [Jesus] was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, tnd say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 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. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” (4:37-41).
Volcanoes all over the world are erupting, sending up giganti clouds, disturbing weather patterns even more. The scientists are baffled, The Christian need not be. Romans 1:18 says: “For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness.”
It is time for us to openly acknowledge the One who can not only say to the elements, but to our hearts, “Peace, be still!”