The Lord Has His Way in the Whirlwind

We have been first-hand witnesses this week to the mighty power of nature.  Of all the dangerous and destructive forces in nature, a tornado or whirlwind is such a concentration of power and energy that it is the worst.  The book of Nahum speaks of it, and it’s outright strange in what it says.   Deep down it does make us wonder.

When prayer meeting was over Wednesday, we could already feel the stirring of wind.  We knew the watches were out.  The storms were already wreaking havoc in other states.  As I drove home, I noticed the Petro station that is now gone.  The little church with the old-timey neon sign was still there.    At home, I watched several of the storms as they kept on their path for this direction.  Backlit by the lightening I saw the vertical column that hit Glade Spring.  The lightening shining into the rain made it look like a vertical rainbow.  As I watched these storms, one after another, this scripture kept coming to my mind.

Nahum 1:3 “The LORD is slow to anger but great in power; the LORD will not leave the guilty unpunished. His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of his feet.”

The Lord has his way in the whirlwind.  It skirted by my house.  I knew it was headed toward you all and the church.  If it had not jumped the interstate in Chilhowie, it would have.  There is no such thing as Mother Nature.  Nature belongs to God.

Many may have asked if God was having his way, why did it happen in the first place.  Some even question if there is a God.  We have to remember that the Lord always has his way.  From a human perspective accidents happen and that’s all we see.  We don’t want to be out of our comfort zone.  We don’t want to be upset.  We’ve watched the awful natural disasters, the tsunami a few weeks ago for example, and said “those poor people.”  A few weeks ago when tornados went through around us, we said “those poor people.”  When it knocked on our door, many asked why.

There are some questions we’re not meant to know the answers to.  We have to believe that God has his way.  He may not prevent the tempest, but he does protect in it.  If he allowed death or loss of personal property, he was still in control.  Job said “the LORD gave, and the LORD hath taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD.” He lost all he had and then lost his health.  His wife told him to curse God and die.  The best we can do is what Job did.  Remember God is in control.

We’re “weather beaten” everyday by the devil through temptations, opposition, put downs and the like.  Don’t let what happened this week destroy your faith.  Spiritual storms can get you down: unexpected news, death, destruction.  The devil is always around, and he wants us to stop believing.  God had his way the other night.   So many lives were spared; for others, it was time to go.  We still have a whole lot to be thankful for.  The storm could have been big enough to get us all.  God’s ways are tough sometimes.  They’re not always in our comfort zones, but a whirlwind never has its own way.  The Lord has his.  We’re always under the warning of spiritual whirlwinds.  We have to be ready.

God dwells above the weather.  We’re below it.  It’s dark and gloomy on this side of it.  It’s not that way above it.  God controls the storms with one hand, and has us in his other.  We serve a two-armed God.  He’s big enough to do it all.

Isaiah 32:2 says “Each one will be like a shelter from the wind and a refuge from the storm, like streams of water in the desert and the shadow of a great rock in a thirsty land. “ Because a man endured and weathered it all, we have help.  A weather-beaten Jesus endured the scars of the tornado of sin.  He took it so we can have a helper.  God has his way in the whirlwind because he stationed a man with us.  Our shelter is in his Son.  We can make it.  One of the last things Jesus said before he ascended was that he has all power in heaven in earth.  Whatever comes, he has withstood it.  He came out of the grave victorious.  His victory provides us a hiding place.  We’re not immune to tragedies, but we do have a shelter.  Put your trust in the Lord.

If you ever hear a severe warning, remember God has his way.  Pay heed.  Take shelter.  Judgment is coming.  Away from Jesus, there is nothing but a path of destruction.  He’s been tried and proven as a refuge from the storm.  His arms are open.  He’s still available.  In him is the peace and security from the storms.

The Lord will have his way in the whirlwinds.  Will you let him have his way in our heart?

No matter how bad the storms get, never lose sight of the Lord.