Hurricanes

From Rev. John Odhner, Assistant to the Pastor
September 3, 2019

High winds and flooding have destroyed or damaged 13,000 homes in the most powerful hurricane to hit the Bahamas since records were kept. Along with the 185 mph winds are political storms—debates over whether people have made the weather worse.
Some passages from the Word that seem to attribute the storms to the Lord:

Thus says the Lord God: “I will cause a stormy wind to break forth in My fury; and there shall be a flooding rain in My anger, and great hailstones in fury to consume.” (Ezekiel 13:13)
The Lord avenges and is furious…. The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. (Nahum 1:2-3)
For He commands and raises the stormy wind, which lifts up the waves of the sea. (Psalm 107:25-26)
Behold, the Lord has one who is mighty and strong, like a deluge of hail, a destroying tempest, like a deluge of mighty overflowing waters. (Isaiah 28:2)

Yet it is just an appearance that the Lord is the cause of the storm, for the Lord is also the One who stills the storms, as when the disciples were about to sink in the raging waters, and “He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, ‘Peace, be still!’ And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.” (Mark 4:39) He is our “refuge from the tempest” (Isaiah 25:4).

As I have sworn that the waters of Noah would no longer cover the earth, so have I sworn that I would not be angry with you, nor rebuke you. (Isaiah 54:7-9)
Then they cry out to the Lord in their trouble, and He brings them out of their distresses. He calms the storm, so that its waves are still. (Psalm 107:28-29)

In the eye of every hurricane, there is peaceful calm. The winds can be vicious near the earth (in the troposphere), but the storm does not reach to the higher levels of the atmosphere, such as the stratosphere and the mesosphere.

While the last atmosphere is troubled by harsh weather, the one immediately prior to it is working quite calmly…. In this way, by producing a calm, a prior atmosphere, and especially, the first, acts upon the following atmospheres, and through these upon the last one, and restores equilibrium, however turbulent the last atmosphere may be from wind or storm…. One standing [in the world of spirits] would think that the whole heaven was falling because of the appearing storms, downpours, black clouds; yet after their assault, they are peacefully brought back to rest in response to the nod and will of God the Messiah. (Spiritual Experiences 418)
Heavenly peace can be compared to the serenity after storms, black clouds, and thunder; or to the spring that follows a severe winter. (True Christianity 304)


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