Scripture Reading – 1 Kings 11:14-12:24 / Acts 15:22-41 / Psalm 77:10-20
Do you like thunderstorms? Some enjoy the dancing rain while others are filled with anxiety from the billowing thunder. It seems that powerful storms are typical for this time of year and can create considerable damage. Excessive water, hail and high winds cause flooding, uprooted trees, damaged homes, downed power lines and electric outages.
The Psalmist speaks of nature’s response to the presence of God. He says, “The waters saw you, O God, the waters saw you and writhed; the very depths were convulsed. The clouds poured down water, the skies resounded with thunder, your arrows flashed back and forth. Your thunder was heard in the whirlwind, your lightning lit up the world; the earth trembled and quaked.” (77:16-19)
Nature is a powerful force yet is subject to God’s dominion. The Red Sea churned in fear as God told it to part, allowing the children of Israel a passageway to safety. Lightning, thunder and violent winds were obedient to God’s voice. All nations knew nature yielded power and control to the God of Israel.
As we were sitting in our living room last week, the thunder rumbled loudly and the house began to shake. Lightning bolts lit up the sky and the lights flickered. We were at the mercy of nature…we were helpless to it’s will. But consider the power of God…nature bows to His mercy and will! The next time you feel the intensity of the thunder and see the brilliancy of the lightning, remember they are just a small display of God’s power!