Faith Baptist Church
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Fincastle, Virginia 24090
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God and the Weather

Much has been said lately concerning the hand of the Lord in weather related stories. Many have written God off when it comes to anything nature related. But the truth is that God created all things in a most wonderful manner as Ps. 148:5 says “Let them [the heavens and all its hosts vs.1-5] praise the name of the Lord; for he commanded, and they were created.” Col. 1:16-17 tells us... “For by him [Jesus Christ] were all things created, that are in heaven and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers - all things were created by him, and for him; And he is before all things, and by him all things consist [are held together].”

The Bible is peppered from Genesis to Revelation with weather related descriptions wherein God either directly or indirectly was involved.

The earth was created by the spoken word of God as a perfect and beautiful work of God as per Isa. 45:18 and Gen. 1:1. He created the original earth, not in vain. He formed it to inhabit.

The earth was originally created and given as a gift to be inhabited by his angels, or as Job described them, “the sons of God”, Job. 38:7.

Isa. 45:18 tells us the Lord created; that is, He spoke the earth into existence [the Hebrew word for create here is, bara, meaning to make something out of non-existent materials].

God spoke into existence the heavens and the original earth, Gen. 1:1.

Isaiah goes on to say that the Lord created, [bara]; He spoke the earth into existence; that He did it “not in vain”, which is in contrast to the earth of Gen. 1:2 where the earth is said to have become a place which was without form and void, where darkness filled the earth.

This cold darkness came about as the result of one of the angels, the chief angel, who corrupted God’s perfect earth creation. This angel is called Lucifer. He was known as the anointed cherub who was perfect from the day he was created, till iniquity was found in his heart, Ezek. 28:13-19.

From Isaiah 14:12-15 the Bible tells of the pride of Satan wherein he desired the worship of the angelic host. Here on the perfect unblemished earth the angels were enjoying God’s creative masterpiece; spoken into existence for them by the loving omnipotent power of God. God’s word says Satan looked up to the heavens beyond the clouds. In his jealousy he determined to be worshipped and praised as an equal with God, his creator. As we all know this is evil and as it was later written as the first of the Ten Commandments; “Thou shalt have no other gods before me.” Ex. 20:3.

For an unknown period of time the earth was suspended in the solar system like a ball of ice; orbiting through space in a state of darkness and lifelessness, Gen. 1:2. But then by the grace of God the Holy Spirit moved upon the face of the deep like a hen nesting on her eggs. He brooded over the earth.

Then God said, Let there be light; and there was light. That powerful star, our sun which was spoken into existence when the original earth was first created, was once again allowed to shine. God began the six day [24 hour days] of restoration of the earth.

God then made man and woman on the sixth day and God ceased from this labor. A great fellowship followed as mankind worshipped God in the Garden of Eden. For how long this fellowship lasted we do not know, but we do know sin ended it, and sorrow has… followed.

Mankind was cursed and the earth, which was given to us in the re-creation, was also cursed, Gen. 3:17, Rom. 8:22. I will explain this a little later.

As for our topic of God and the weather the Bible gives a two-fold explanation as to God’s influence on our weather.

I. God has cursed the earth due to Adam’s sin, Gen. 3:17. The curse upon the earth brings hardships to many areas and its inhabitants. Severe weather dominates the high snow covered mountains as well as the dry barren deserts.

II. God has the ability to instruct weather related happenings such as...

1. creation - Gen. 1:2-19; Job 26:7-14

2. wind - Gen. 8:1; Ex. 10:13; 10:19; 15:10; Num. 11:31; Job 37:17; Ps. 78:26; Ps. 107:25; 147:18; Prov. 30:4; Ezek .13:13; Amos 4:13; Jonah 1:4; 4:8; Mark 4:39-41

3. snow and ice - Job 37:6; Ps. 147:16-17

4. rain - Gen. 2:5; Lev. 26:4; Deut. 11:14; I Sam. 12:17; I Kings 8:35-36

5. hail - Ex. 9:18; Ps. 78:47; Rev. 16:21

6. thunder - Ex. 9:23; I Sam. 12:17-18; Rev. 8:5

7. earthquakes - Ps. 18:7; Isa. 29:6; Matt. 27:51-52; Rev .8:5

8. fire - Gen. 15:17; 19:24; Ex. 9:23

9. floods - Gen. 6:17

It is quite plain to see as you study these verses of Scripture that God does have a history of using the elements He created. He is seen to bring both blessing and cursing upon the earth and its inhabitants. Because of sin the earth and the people who live on it have to deal with harsh weather and natural disasters at times. We do not know if every natural occurrence is divinely directed, or if the occurrence is a result of the earth groaning as it also awaits its redemption, Rom. 8:22. But I must say that in many of the Scriptures found, many refer to God’s judgment handed down by way of a weather related natural disaster which He sent.

Why are mankind and the earth cursed?

The sinless, holy nature of God will not allow Him to be tainted with unrighteousness of any kind. His holy nature demands that He condemn all sin, but thanks be to Him for his nature of unconditional love. He condemns sin, but at the same time He provides a pardon for the sinner. His holy nature will not compromise His perfect righteousness out of His love alone for us so He provided the means to forgive us.

For Him to show that love to us and forgive us of our sins, His righteousness and justice had to be satisfied. He demands payment for those sins. Since we are sinners we cannot pay what He demands for whatever we could do would be tainted with sin. Thus out of His nature to love, He sent his sinless Son to die in our place.

God eternally pardons sinners who come to His Son, Jesus Christ. However, God has not lifted the curse upon the earth; the habitation of sin. This will finally be lifted at the end of time wherein God will recycle the earth and fashion a new sinless earth out of the very one we live upon today, Rev. 21:1.

The Pastor
February 2010