Who controls the weather? Science say man does by his actions. We hear it everyday that man is destroying the ozone layer by the pollutants he emits from factories and automobiles. Nevertheless, what does the scripture say? Thunder storms, floods, great winds, and earthquakes are indeed a part of the world since the beginning of time. Often times they are called “natural disasters,” or works of “mother nature”. Yet, man forgets God made the weather and it is God who controls it.
Some have concluded that suffering occurs because it is beyond God’s control. This is false. God has indeed established certain laws and principles that govern nature, but he remains sovereign over these laws. “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” (Nah 1:3). Psalm 148:8 declares that storms “do his bidding.” Concerning Jonah, it was the Lord who “sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea” (Jon 1:4). Old Testament writers did not hesitate to attribute the forces of nature to God: “Your waterspouts … Your waves … Your billows” (Ps 42:7).
One biblical example is the story of Job. Severe weather had killed Job’s sheep, his servants, and all ten of his children. As Job suffered further physical affliction, he asked, “Why is there evil in the world?” His friends were not of great help in answering the question. Finally, after much dialogue, God spoke directly to Job out of a whirlwind (Job 38-41). The Lord made clear that His control over nature and His ultimate purposes are to be trusted. We simply cannot understand all the details of His divine plan. Job’s testimony demonstrates how trials should bring us closer to God instead of driving us away: “The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord” (Job 1:21). Job 37:13 declares that God sometimes brings storms to punish people. This brings to mind the experiences of both Noah and Jonah. Storms played a major part in their lives.
Scripture contains many examples of God controlling the weather and using it to direct people and nations…
- Genesis 6:5-9:19 (Earth destroyed by flood, people and animals killed)
- Exodus 9:23-29 (hail and fire from heaven on Egypt)
- Joshua 10:11 (hail on the Amorites, etc.)
- I Samuel 7:10 (thunder disperses the Philistines)
- Nahum 1:3 (judgment with whirlwind and drought)
- Leviticus 26:19-20 (rainless sky, parched earth)
- Deuteronomy 11:13-15 (rain as reward for obedience)
- Deuteronomy 28:24 (drought punishment)
- I Samuel 12:18 (thunder and rain to get people’s attention)
- II Samuel 21:1 (drought and famine)
- I Kings 8:35-36 (good weather reward)
- I Kings 16:30-18:45 (rain withheld and given)
- Hosea 13:15 (dry weather)
- Amos 4:7 (rain given and withheld from certain cities)
- Jonah 1:4,10-15 (man punished and redirected by sea storm)
- Zechariah 14:17 (rain withheld as judgment)
- Revelation 16:21 (hailstone punishment)
A serious flaw in secular environmentalism is that it sees nature as inherently good and normal. The biblical view is that creation and the weather were originally “very good” when God created the world and until the first man sinned (Gen 1:31).
Due to man’s sinfulness, the world did not stay “very good.” Not long after creation, all of nature was affected by man’s fall to sin and God’s curse. The pain and sorrow of this present world, along with severe weather, demonstrate an imperfect world.
Furthermore, the worldwide flood of Noah’s time would clearly have caused radical changes in our environment. Before the flood, the weather was evidently very mild and different from today; it did not even rain (Genesis 2:5-6 cf; 7:11-12). Is it any wonder that with all the sinful acts which are performed everyday upon the earth that the weather has gone crazy? Has the whole world gone blind and deaf to the fact that God controls the weather and often punishes mankind with it? There is a solution to all this madness, and that is for the earth to repent. Adulterers, repent! Fornicators, repent! Homosexuals and lesbians, repent! All who deny God’s existence, repent! All who obey not the gospel of Christ, repent! And if perchance God accepts the world’s repentance, perhaps He will restore the weather back to the way it was before the flood.
However, if the world repents not, then shall be brought to pass one of the bible’s greatest prophesies which says, “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat (2 Pet 3:9-12)?