5 November 2018

Whatever the Weather!

“No one can escape the weather—it’s there.”
Job 37:7 (MSG)

The weather heavily influences patterns of human behavior and culture. Depending on your views on climate change, we have little or no control over the weather. Yet the weather has much control over us in terms of how we are and what we do, eg our moods, our health, energy levels, spending patterns, how we spend our free time, travel plans, notwithstanding its effect on gardening and agriculture…the food we grow, its yield and quality. Wouldn’t it therefore make sense to have greater control over it? The title scripture is an excerpt from a conversation between God and Job. Further references to weather in the Easy English Bible include:
• 37:3 “He [God] sends lightning across the sky.”
• 37:6 “He [God] tells the snow to drop on the earth, and when it rains he [God] causes lots of rain to drop on the ground.”
• 37:11 “He [God] fills the clouds with water. And he [God] sends the lightning through the clouds.”
• 37:12 “The clouds move across all the earth. They go where he [God] sends them.”
• 38:22 “You have not visited the place where I [God] keep all the snow. And you [Job] have not seen the place where I [God] keep the hail.”
• 38:24 “You [Job] do not understand where lightning comes from. Nor do you know how the wind from the east blows over the earth.”
• 38:25 “I [God] tell the storm which way to go.”
• 38:26 “I [God] send the rain to places where no one lives.”
• 38:29 “Ice does not have a mother. No one knows why the ground is cold and hard in the morning.”
• 38:30 “In very cold weather, water becomes hard like stone. And there is even ice on top of the sea.”
• 38:34 “You [Job] cannot speak to the clouds.”
• 38:35 “You [Job] cannot send the lightning to the place where it must go.”
• 38:36 “And you [Job] do not understand everything about the weather, either.”
• 38:37 “Nor can you [Job] send water from the sky, like a person who pours it from a pot.”
• 38:38 “But you [Job] cannot cause the rain to fall.”

God reminds Job – and by extension us – who is in control of the weather. That’s Him, not us. The second half of the title scripture continues with “And no one can escape from God.” Jonah’s experience is a great example (see Jonah 1), but this principle applies to everyone. As sure as we can’t escape the weather, we can’t escape from God – so why not look for God? Why not search for Jesus Christ? (Matthew 6:33). Call on God, and He will respond to you.

Lord God, thank you for the weather you created—a reminder you are ultimately in charge of everything. Help us all to seek you continuously.

Study by Irene Tibbenham

About the Author:
Irene Tibbenham is a Deaconess and serves on the Pastoral Council in the Norwich Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, a part of Grace Communion International.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Norwich
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