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We know that God sometimes literally and directly manipulates the weather for His own purposes. Aside from the story of Job, the Bible provides us with some notable examples:
• God sent the Great Flood in the days of Noah (Gen. 6—9);
• He sent thunder and hail down on the Egyptians (Ex. 9:22-34);• Divinely sent winds were instrumental in the events of the Exodus from Egypt (Ex. 10:19, 14:21);
• The LORD withheld rain to punish His people for dis-obedience (Lev. 26:18-20);
• Abundant rain and crops, on the other hand, were a reward for obedience (Deut. 11:13-15);
• As a form of punishment on His rebellious people, God sent stifling dust storms instead of rain (Deut. 28:24);
• Hailstones rained down on Israel’s enemies, the Amorites (Josh. 10:11);
• Loud claps of thunder confused the Philistines so they could be routed by Israel (1 Sam. 7:10);
• The LORD sent thunder and rain at Samuel’s request to get Israel’s attention (1 Sam.12:17-18);
• David petitioned the LORD to suspend a disastrous, three-year famine in Israel
(2 Sam. 21:1);
• Solomon said that God sends rain in response to humility and repentance (1 Kings 8:35-36);
• The LORD sent an “east wind” to create drought conditions for the Northern Kingdom of Israel (Hosea 13:15);
• He sent a violent storm to change Jonah’s course (1:4);
• Nahum declared that God metes out judgment on His enemies through tornadoes, storms, and droughts (1:2-4); and,
• When a violent storm was about to sink their boat on the Sea of Galilee, Yeshua’s frightened disciples were astounded when He calmed the wind and the waves (Matt. 8:23-27).
The answer, then, is yes . . . God can and does manipulate the weather at times. But, during a span of several thousand years of human history, we can only point to a handful of these instances in the Bible . . . so it is clear that direct intervention is NOT the usual practice of God. Most of the time, His control of the weather is indirect. God has ordained (and set into motion) natural laws and processes that govern the Universe and control the weather (Job 38:33, Jer. 31:35-36) . . . and He normally does not interfere with those processes. But the LORD can (and does) intervene when it is necessary. But, whether He intervenes or not, He is always sovereign. He could, if He so desired, bring the mightiest tornado or hurricane to its knees!
Job 1:1-12 There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.
2 And there were born unto him seven sons and three daughters.
3 His substance also was seven thousand sheep, and three thousand camels, and five hundred yoke of oxen, and five hundred she asses, and a very great household; so that this man was the greatest of all the men of the east.
4 And his sons went and feasted in their houses, every one his day; and sent and called for their three sisters to eat and to drink with them.
5 And it was so, when the days of their feasting were gone about, that Job sent and sanctified them, and rose up early in the morning, and offered burnt offerings according to the number of them all: for Job said, It may be that my sons have sinned, and cursed God in their hearts. Thus did Job continually.
6 Now there was a day when the sons of God came to present themselves before the LORD, and Satan came also among them.
7 And the LORD said unto Satan, Whence comest thou? Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, From going to and fro in the earth, and from walking up and down in it.
8 And the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?
9 Then Satan answered the LORD, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?
10 Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.
11 But put forth thine hand now, and touch all that he hath, and he will curse thee to thy face.
12 And the LORD said unto Satan, Behold, all that he hath is in thy power; only upon himself put not forth thine hand. So Satan went forth from the presence of the LORD. (KJV)
There was a time when Satan came before Almighty God and accused this godly man named Job. Satan claimed that the ONLY reason that Job served God was so he could enjoy His blessings . . . and Satan said that IF God stopped blessing Job, Job would no longer serve Him. But since God knows ALL His people, God knew Satan was wrong about Job.
SO . . . God granted that Satan was allowed to afflict Job and his family with many painful circumstances, including natural disasters. Soon afterward, “the fire of God” fell from the heavens (Job 1:16), and “a great wind” (possibly a deadly tornado) caused a house to collapse on his children, killing them (Job 1:19).
Job was heartbroken, but he stood steadfastly and refused to give up his hope in the LORD. Even in the midst of unimaginable grief, he cried out: Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him: but I will maintain mine own ways before him. (KJV)
This Passage indicates that the devil does have the ability and power to some extent . . . but ONLY when God grants him permission!
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