Who Are We?

I seem to be running across many articles lately on unusual weather events, torrential rains, odd storms and drought situations occurring all over the world.

In many of those articles, the same tone seems to be evident. That these are powerful weather events that have a significant impact on how we live our lives and our ability to grow food. Another aspect that has caught my attention is the implication from many of the writers that we as humans have had a huge role in influencing these weather patterns, ultimately causing the. For example, we release so many emissions we have caused global warming, or that we as people need to take drastic action in changing how we live so that climate change will slow down or stop.

I was recently reading an article on Reuters that  in the second paragraph quotes a report from Australia’s Climate Commission, “Extreme weather events such as heat waves, floods, bush fires and cyclones are already becoming more intense, highlighting the need to take rapid action on climate change and to mitigate the impact.” They go as far as to say that it highlights the need to “mitigate the impact”, suggesting that we as people can stop or slow this change by how we live.

Now, beyond the fact that the earth’s climate has constantly been changing, going in cycle, and evolving ever since the Lord created it, I have another problem with the logic of people who come to these conclusions.

People who constantly hum this tune tend to forget, or completely ignore, that the Lord has created this planet and He says in His Word that weather events on the earth will change as we get closer to end times. But, as humans, we like to think we have the power to change and influence the weather. We discount the power of the Lord, setting Him as an entity we look to in our time of need, not the one who ultimately created the earth and has power over all events and situations on it. Or maybe, as a culture, we do not want to acknowledge that the Lord ultimately has the power to control the weather, even to use it as a tool of judgement upon us sinners. Or, another scenario, maybe we are afraid of how the change in climate or weather can affect our living, and to protect what we have now we take on the mindset that we can change what we do to keep the weather in a favorable tone.  No matter how one justifies our reasons for stating we can change and influence weather patterns, we are truly discounting the Lord’s mightiness and His everlasting glory, and placing ourselves higher than He.

So let us not forget the Lord is the Almighty Powerful God we know.

Ezekiel 38:22-23 “With pestilence and with blood I will enter into judgement with him; and I will rain on him and on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, a torrential rain, with hailstones, fire and brimstone. I will magnify Myself, sanctify Myself, and make Myself known in the sight of many nations; and they will know that I am the Lord.”

Nahum 1:3-8 “The Lord is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit [the wicked]: the Lord hath His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. He rebuketh the sea, and maketh it dry, and drieth up all the rivers: Bashan anguisheth, and Carmel, and the flower of Lebanon languisheth. The mountains quake at Him, and the hills melt, and the earth is burned at His presence, yea, the world, and all that dwell therein. Who can stand before His indignation? And who can abide in the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, and the rocks are thrown down by Him. The Lord is good, a strong hold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him. But with an overrunning flood he will make an utter end of the place thereof, and darkness shall pursue His enemies.”

So really, who are we that we can control weather events by changing things on this earth. Who are we to think that we are so powerful that we can stop climate and weather events from happening or influence them on our own? Let’s focus on being good stewards of God’s Word, living out a passionate relationship with Him. The more we focus on that, the more we will live in His plan and take care of and be good stewards of all He calls us to.

Check out Genesis 6:5-9:19; the passage describes how God destroyed the earth by flood and both people and animals were killed. It also starts out with these verses:
 
Then the Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great on the earth, and that every intent of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on the earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord was sorry that He had made man on earth, and He was grieved in His heart. The Lord said, ‘I will not blot out man whom I have created from the face of the land, from man to animals to creeping things and to birds of the sky; for I am sorry that I have made them.'” -Genesis 6:5-7 
 
With that in mind, lets examine our hearts before we search for things to blame such as CO2 emmissions or other naturally occuring elements or industry practices we know very little about.

Here are a few other places in scripture that the Lord controls weather changes. There are many more. 🙂

  • Exodus 9:23-29 (hail and fire from heaven on Egypt)
  • Joshua 10:11 (hail on the Amorites, etc.)
  • I Samuel 7:10 (thunder disperses the Philistines)
  • Leviticus 26:19-20 (rainless sky, parched earth)
  • Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (rain as reward for obedience)
  • Deuteronomy 28:24 (drought punishment)
  • I Samuel 12:18 (thunder and rain to get people’s attention)
  • II Samuel 21:1 (drought and famine)
  • I Kings 8:35-36 (good weather reward)
  • I Kings 16:30-18:45 (rain withheld and given)
  • Hosea 13:15 (dry weather)
  • Amos 4:7 (rain given and withheld from certain cities)
  • Jonah 1:4,10-15 (man punished and redirected by sea storm)
  • Zechariah 14:17 (rain withheld as judgment)
  • Revelation 16:21 (hailstone punishment)
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