I am the Lord, and there is no other; there is no God besides Me. I will gird you, though you have not known Me, that they may know from the rising of the sun to its setting that there is none besides Me. I am the Lord, and there is no other; I form the light and create darkness, I make peace and create calamity; I, the Lord, do all these things.’ Rain down, you heavens, from above, and let the skies pour down righteousness; let the earth open, let them bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together. I, the Lord, have created it. (Isaiah 45:5-8)
God’s Wondrous Works
The power of God’s creative hand is found in the forces of nature as they spread across the land in rain, wind and storm. It can be frightening with the thunder booming as lightening streaks across the sky. Rain will pour incredible amounts of water covering the land in flowing rivers. Storms bring wind pounding on everything in its path. Weather patterns are amazing to watch as they blast across the globe in their own wandering designs. Man is helpless to stop these storms enduring whatever fury is brought. There are difficulties encountered with inconvenience and destruction. Sadly, at times lives are lost. On the face of such events, there is also a reminder of the majesty of God’s power.
The forces of nature are God created established in the six days of creation. There is purpose and design in these natural occurrences. Man can observe, chart and predict the course of storms but all he can do is say where the storm has been and what the storm has done. In all its wrath there is a beauty that speaks to the character of a God that is like none other. Scientist know a lot about the weather because there is design and function allowing them to make certain predictions and models of what weather will do. Found in these forces of the natural world is the hand of God among the affairs of man.
The prophet Isaiah proclaims the greatness of God’s power as in the future of restoring His people to the Promised Land. The king of Persia would be the instrument used by the Lord to carry out His will. This edict was established long before Cyrus was born showing the power of God in calling forth His chosen one. As God created the world by His mighty hand, so also will the Lord direct the salvation of His people through the hand of those He chooses. The restoration of the people to the land will be like the power of a great storm. His blessings are so numerous. Israel being restored will show the majesty of God’s power that no one can accomplish what He can in the sphere of man’s wisdom. The Holy One of Israel directs the affairs of men, establishes kingdoms, and removes kingdoms. No man will be able to take credit for what the Lord has done.
Storms remind us of the power of God. They should also tell us of how He accomplishes His will. It is done by His wisdom. The joys of salvation come from Him. Righteousness rains upon the earth through the Spirit of the Lord. God is Lord. He is the only one that can bring hope to desperate man. The Bible is the mind of God showing the wisdom of the Father to man. There is nothing like it and no message of man can compare. When the Lord God speaks, it comes to pass. Like the story of Cyrus, the word of the Lord can make a prophecy that will be hundreds of years in the making and come true in every detail. His word never fails. Modern times will not change the character of the Holy One of Israel. He is still the Lord and there is none like Him.
Scripture, which proves the truth of its historical statements by the accomplishment of its prophecies, gives no false information. (Augustine, The City of God, Book XVI, Ch. 9; 426)