November 27th 2009

Storms And Floods

“He said to the crowd: ‘When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, “It’s going to rain,” and it does.  And when the south wind blows, you say, “It’s going to be hot,” and it is.  Hypocrites!  You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky.  How is it that you don’t know how to interpet this present time?  ”

Luke 12:54-57 (NIV)

 So our Lord and Saviour said. 

In the recent chaos caused by the heaviest rain for some time in the UK, much publicity was given to how much the rainy weather and floods were going to cost the economy. Besides ignoring the fact that God is sovereign over the elements, it seems to me that other important factors were overlooked:

1    God can bring the UK and all mankind to a standstill quite easily.

2    We ignore the fact that it is God who gives people the power to get wealth, He it is who has provided mineral riches for humanity to mine and refine, the very air that we breathe, food and water etc.

 He it is who “sends the snow in winter, the breezes and the sunshine and soft refreshing rain…. All good gifts around us….” .We have to “plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land”. We are dependant on our Heavenly Father’s provision but, because the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7), we prefer to exclude God from our thinking. “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a reprobate mind, to do those things which are not convenient” (Romans 1:28). Therefore God’s hand in the weather and in the provision of our needs doesn’t enter our thinking; it’s ignored. 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank you for providing for our needs and much more, with an abundance of food in our supermarkets, clean drinking water on tap and the availability of your written word. Please help us remember with gratitude, that you are the source of every blessing. In Jesus name we pray.

Amen

 Study by John Armstrong 

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