“The wind blows to the south and goes around to the north; around and around goes the wind, and on its circuits the wind returns.” Ecclesiastes 1:6.
More than 2000 years ago the words of Ecclesiastes were written down. It’s author is considered one of the wisest men to ever live. Yet even King Solomon couldn’t have known at the time how these words so accurately describe the physical reality of wind. The world, not yet understood to be round, appeared to contain winds that simply traveled in straight paths and from where it came, they did not know. Yet fast forward to WWII when scientists were actually able to map out the winds that pushed from the north to the south and back again, snaking around the globe only to return from where it had come. Compare the diagram of the recently discovered jet stream with the Biblical description of wind written so long ago, and it’s tough to deny there’s something supernatural within the pages of the Bible. From such an example of revealed truth, it’s not a far reach to conclude that the God of the universe not only has a good working knowledge of the wind, but he certainly has control over it.
Reading through the scriptures, God has even the wind at his disposal as a tool to accomplish his will. At times the wind is a welcomed friend such as when a great east wind parted the Red Sea giving safe passage for the Israelites. Or when God swept the locusts up in a great wind sending them into the sea. Not one remained. And God remembering Noah on the ark with all the animals, He sent another great wind to dry up the flood water. And several times it was in the wind that God actually spoke as in Job, chapter 38.
Yet concurrently, God has used the same wind to teach us some invaluable lessons. Who can forget Peter, having the courage to get out of the boat, but unable to make his way completely across the violent waters. And of course Jonah. God not only used the wind to get Jonah where he was supposed to go, but he used it again to teach Jonah a pretty harsh lesson in compassion.
So, as Texas and Louisiana continue to recover, and Florida and other states brace for yet another great wind, we would be above all foolish not to seek the Lord in what He wants to teach us. Harvey has proven to re-ignite a desire to pray even up to the office of the President of the United States. And the outpouring of compassion for the victims has been noteworthy to say the least. Quite different from the experiences of Sandy where we read many more instances of looting, violence within the shelters, and people literally being shot in the street.
And that may just be one of the biggest take aways. Things really can be quite different depending on our desire for obedience to God. Step out of the boat. Start praying. Be prepared to help others. Don’t be ashamed of the Gospel! Because even if disaster hits, we have a God who holds even the wind in his hand.
This is a call to prayer, to repentance, and to obedience to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
by: Emilee Danielson, Program Dir. Real Remnant Radio