“Whose hands have gathered up the wind? Who has wrapped up the waters in a cloak?”
Extreme weather can both fascinate and scare us. Even seeing tornados, storms, and tsunamis on TV makes us feel weak and vulnerable. Despite all kinds of scientific advances, we often see meteorological phenomena as something dangerous, random, and barely predictable.
Yet any description of weather-related events in the Bible shows that they don’t just happen. The Bible underscores that God Almighty is fully in control of all his creation at all times. God the Creator controls and uses all things for his purposes—even the weather.
In today’s verses the divinely inspired author uses a set of rhetorical questions to marvel at God’s greatness as the Creator and Sustainer. Can any human being set the direction of the strong wind or bring it to a halt? No, only God can do that. Can a human being control the mighty ocean waves or storms? Again, a resounding no. Those are God’s exclusive areas of expertise.
We can detect the Lord’s awesome grandeur and power when we look around and observe his deeds in nature. But only God’s flawless Word, the Bible, gives us a complete picture of who he is. In the person of Jesus Christ he becomes our strong shield and most secure refuge.
Father, we marvel at your might, revealed in your control over the weather. But we are amazed even more by the power of your love for us that you reveal in Jesus Christ, in whose name we pray. Amen.
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