Some years ago, a group of Navy scientists began to work on ways to change the direction of major storms. If they were able to do this, they reasoned, they could direct them to do great damage to the enemy.
Furthermore, they thought, if they could direct the storms to disrupt the enemy, they would be able to control clouds and form high seas and waves. Also, they believed if they could create low, solid overcast clouds, they would be able to conceal troop movements.
But God used the weather to His advantage long before the military ever entertained the idea. A great story of God using the weather to accomplish His purpose is the story of Jonah.
One day the Lord said to Jonah, “Go to Nineveh.” But he refused to listen to God and decided to go to Tarshish. However, he never got there. The Lord had a plan for Jonah, and, to accomplish His plan He needed a hurricane. So, He “turned” one loose and the crew of Jonah’s ship became frightened.
Jonah looked at them and said, “It’s all my fault. Go ahead and throw me overboard.” When they did, the sea stopped raging and became calm. But, there’s more.
God then ordered a great fish to get involved in His plan. Soon, the great fish swallowed Jonah and took him for a ride. Finally, the great fish spewed him out, and he went to Nineveh. God does not put up with disobedience. If He has to, He’ll get all of nature to help Him accomplish His plan.
The Psalmist reminds us that “lightning and hail, snow and clouds, and stormy winds...do His bidding.”
Prayer: Lord, we only fool ourselves if we think we can escape from Your plan. May we be willing to follow You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 148:8 Lightning and hail, snow and clouds, and stormy winds...do His bidding.