September 1, 2016

Jeremiah 14:22 Do any of the worthless idols of the nations bring rain?
Do the skies themselves send down showers?
No, it is you, O Lord our God.
Therefore our hope is in you,
for you are the one who does all this.

Modern atheists would point to this verse as an example of ancient superstition. They would agree that “the gods of the nations” don’t make it rain, but because we understand something of meteorology these days, they would insist that indeed, “the heavens themselves make it rain.” However, that is highly simplistic. It is no accident that supercomputers were developed in part to try to get a handle on world weather patterns, because they are so incredibly complicated. Today meteorologists can forecast weather to a degree that would have been astounding not so many years ago, but they still can’t really tell us why the weather does what it does. It has been said that science is the business of finding God’s footprints, but trying to leave God out of the picture creates far more problems than it solves. It is highly incorrect, politically speaking, to say that weather events are in any way related to human behavior – other than “global warming, which is most highly correlated to sunspot activity – but the Bible has never been big on political correctness. We forget or ignore, to our peril, the fact that God really is in control.

I have prayed about the course of typhoons and seen them change, and just yesterday I watched a video of a tornado in the Philippines dissipate as a church congregation prayed. Presumption is foolish, but ignoring God is far more so. When God allows something it is always for a reason. We don’t always know the reasons, but I’ve got to remember, and remind others, that God is still God. Repentance and humility are never bad ideas! As I was writing that we had another earthquake shock, on the heels of one last night during prayer meeting. I am to use such things to prompt me to pray, both for God’s mercy and that all of His purposes for allowing this to be fulfilled. I am to be grateful for such things that shatter the illusion that we are in control, and seek to walk in faithful obedience all my days.

Father, I do pray for the people in Kumamoto, which was almost certainly the epicenter. The psychological stresses on them are even greater than the physical damage they have experienced. May Your children not only be protected, but also be bold to share the good news of Your grace and love to those around them who have no real hope, for a massive harvest in Your kingdom. Thank You. Hallelujah!


About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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