Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered. For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down and pour abundantly on man. Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, the thunder from His canopy? Look, He scatters His light upon it, and covers the depths of the sea. For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with lightning, and commands it to strike. His thunder declares it, the cattle also, concerning the rising storm. At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth. He sends it forth under the whole heaven, His lightning to the ends of the earth. After it a voice roars; He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain them when His voice is heard. God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend. For He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth’; likewise to the gentle rain and the heavy rain of His strength. He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work. The beasts go into dens, and remain in their lairs. From the chamber of the south comes the whirlwind, and cold from the scattering winds of the north. By the breath of God ice is given, and the broad waters are frozen. Also with moisture He saturates the thick clouds; He scatters His bright clouds. And they swirl about, being turned by His guidance, that they may do whatever He commands them on the face of the whole earth. He causes it to come, whether for correction, or for His land, or for mercy. Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wondrous works of God. Do you know when God dispatches them, and causes the light of His cloud to shine? Do you know how the clouds are balanced, those wondrous works of Him who is perfect in knowledge? Why are your garments hot, when He quiets the earth by the south wind? With Him, have you spread out the skies, strong as a cast metal mirror? Teach us what we should say to Him, for we can prepare nothing because of the darkness. Should He be told that I wish to speak? If a man were to speak, surely he would be swallowed up. Even now men cannot look at the light when it is bright in the skies, when the wind has passed and cleared them. He comes from the north as golden splendor; with God is awesome majesty. As for the Almighty, we cannot find Him; He is excellent in power, in judgment and abundant justice; He does not oppress. Therefore men fear Him; He shows no partiality to any who are wise of heart. (Job 36:26-37:24)
Florida Rain Storms
It is Friday morning in central Florida and once again the skies pour forth an abundance of rain. The past few weeks have been saturated with daily rain, lightning and thunder. For many it is an inconvenience and for some troublesome as the clouds of rain pour forth rivers of water through the streets. Florida thunderstorms are a thing of beauty. The rain will begin softly but then explode with a fury as the skies light up and thunder like a kettle drum booms through the heavens often shaking the earth below. A calm will descend but only for a short time as the storm increases in ferocity. These storms can be deadly and destructive. No matter what men try to do in defending themselves from the onslaught the storms have their way. But they are a thing of beauty.
Elihu was the silent presence during the discussions of Job and his friends. We do not know this young man is present until he finally has enough of the way his four friends try to understand the meaning of God and he respectfully rebukes Job and the others. Elihu reminds these men how great the Lord is and how benevolent God has always been. It seems the four men have forgotten the strength and power of the Almighty even in matters pertaining to Job and his plight. During this rebuke the young man declares how majestic God is in nature. He covers His hands with lightning, and commands it to strike. His thunder declares it, the cattle also, concerning the rising storm. At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. Elihu gets scared during these storms but he knows where the storms come from.
The storms of nature should remind us how great God is and small we are. Whether in summer or winter we stand at the mercy of the weather. There is much we have done to overcome certain elements of nature but often we are reminded of their power. Bridges collapse, towns are flooded, communities destroyed, and sadly many lives lost to the fury of natural flows of water, wind and fire. Elihu says, “Teach us what we should say to Him, for we can prepare nothing because of the darkness.” Be safe in the storms today. See the glory of God in these storms. Stand in awe of His power manifested in the world. Learn how great He is and how much He loves us. Worship Him. Teach children not to fear the storm but to see God in every part. What a beautiful day it will be today.