The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet. (Nahum 1:2-3)
We drove over to Camp Omega, up by the Cities, and over to Mankato for a friend’s wedding and reception tonight. Coming back, we drove into a storm. It was impressive, and also a little scary to see that much power that you can’t control. In the city, you see maybe 45 degrees of the sky — if that. Oftentimes it’s less. Out here, on the Minnesota prairies, you get to see all of the sky. It’s a beautiful sight to see the purplish-gray thunderclouds rolling slowly over the landscape, extending all the way to the ground, and knowing that whatever’s on the ground underneath that cloud is getting pummeled. As I watched the storm clouds move majestically across the darkened sky, I understood again why Scripture says of the Lord that “His way is in the storm.” The Lord specifically mentions control over storms and the weather as proof that He is God and Job is not, in Job 38 (in fact, the Lord speaks out of the storm). We like to think that we’re in charge, we’re in control, but when you’re crawling through a thunderstorm at 35 mph and you can’t tell whether you’re going forward or backward, you are forcibly reminded that you do not have all power in the world. God does. He does not answer to us, in fact He holds us to His perfect standard — but His love also sees you through the storm and guides His power to provide you a way to be saved. It is only through His Son, Jesus Christ, who can still any storm, that we are delivered from forces beyond our control — death, hell, and the corruption of our own hearts that we can neither fully understand nor control. Praise be to the God of all creation, whose great love has delivered us and brought us safely home.