Tornadoes out west, ice storms in the north, hurricanes in the south, tsunamis in the east, hail storms, thunder storms, sand storms, snow storms; these are the obvious, then you have the political storms of people against people, nation against nation, the economic storms of monetary collapse, the religious storms of murder and mayhem, and the sad storms of unbelievers as they increase in pride: there is no God!
A reasonable person would almost faint at the patience of God.
Perhaps Mr Dawkins and his disciples of learning (or should I say unlearning) should be a little slower to speak of the so-called brilliant age of enlightenment, for bowling ball size stones of hail will be coming to a town near you, and the fist of man will be clasped even firmer toward the Creator. How dare you bring this storm!
The energy of the earth is being sapped by godlessness, and all things continue as they were, man ever proud of his achievements apart from He who gives man breath. The whole earth GROANS because of the vice, crime, and the simple fact of sin, yet man does not see nor care. Ha! He sees, but does not care, hence he does not see.
A man will see three thousand days of goodness, and take for granted every beat of his pulse, but will in his massive arrogance berate God for a wind storm that blew down his basketball hoop. Hmmm.
God has given men the finest storm of all, and unfortunately, His witness goes unheeded. There is a storm raging in the soul, and the waves can only be quieted by the truth of the Creator. After all, He who made the mind included the map which leads to the chief Cartographer. He is that still small voice of honesty and reason.
The conscience is the quiver which holds the arrows of truth that all men suppress, and which gives man no excuse. Some storms are better than others, and a stirred heart is a very good maelstrom if I may say.
Tornadoes, hurricanes, tsunamis? Yes, storms of the highest order, and you will notice I did not include earthquakes, but these too have God’s seal of approval as they all testify of natures God, and the God of all grace.
Remember the Lord in the boat when the great storm arose? Lives were feared, and He merely ‘spoke a word,’ and immediately there was a great calm. God offers us today this same ‘great calm,’ that when the storms of unbelief, doubt, despair, and grief come a calling, we can remember that the greatest storm of all was placed on him, and He endured the wrath of God against ALL ungodliness on Golgotha’s hill and Calvary’s central tree.
Judgment and mercy, belief and unbelief, grace and truth, heaven and hell, scripture and opinion; these all testified as the rocks cried out.
This was the storm of storms, and by comparison we have no proper response other than:
I will render thanksgiving for this unspeakable gift.