“Then the Lord spoke to Job out of the storm.” — Job 40:6
Storms are rocking our world! Environmental storms that include earthquakes, floods, and forest fires; political storms such as Brexit or our own national, state and local elections; racial storms that boil over onto city streets and destroy peace; financial storms bringing despair with 94 million people out of work in America; medical storms as millions of people are enslaved by prescription drugs and heroin; international storms as Europe is invaded by refugees, conflict continues to rage in the Middle East, China builds up its military presence in the China Sea, and North Korea successfully launches long-range missiles. Each and every storm is not only life-threatening, but historically and potentially redefining a new normal. The storms are stunning in their number, in their scope, and in their powerful intensity!
It’s time for you and me to take a deep breath, quiet our hearts, look up, and listen to what God has to say! Job reminds us that God speaks through storms!
Job was an Old Testament man who experienced devastating storms in his own life that included the total loss of his property, family, health, and reputation. The storms threatened to unravel his faith and his relationship with God. And then God spoke to Job out of the storm. Through His Word, He revealed Himself to Job. He reminded Job of His power. Of His sovereignty. Of His absolute authority over everything and everyone. Job’s response was to bow in worship as he accepted the storms God had allowed in his life… because of who God is.
Ezekiel was another Old Testament man who had been taken captive in Judah, then transported 800 miles east to Babylon. While Daniel and others in his group were taken into the king’s palace where they were put into service, Ezekiel was discarded. He wound up in a refugee camp, sitting on a garbage dump beside a dirty irrigation canal. As he gazed into the distance, he saw “a windstorm coming out of the north…an immense cloud with flashing lightning….”1 Spread out above the storm was a crystal platform, and on the platform was a throne of sapphire, and on the throne was the figure of the Son of Man. Then the Man spoke to Ezekiel from the storm, and Ezekiel listened. He found a new sense of purpose as his life was redirected into giving God’s Word to God’s people.
The disciples of Jesus also found themselves in a storm on the Sea of Galilee. Jesus saw them struggling and so He came to them in the storm. But they were terrified! So He spoke to them from the storm, Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid. His Word and His presence then brought peace.
Storms are an ideal time to listen to the Word of God. Because it’s through God’s Word that we refocus on who God is, finding comfort, peace, wisdom, security, purpose, strength, and hope.
As storms break out in our world…as storms break out in your world…double down on your commitment to read your Bible. Every day. Because God speaks out of the storms. Don’t miss what He has to say by getting caught up in the whirlwind of fear, panic, frustration, or anger. Instead. Center down. Listen…with your eyes on the pages of your Bible.
For His glory,
1 Ezekiel 1:4
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