“The Lord Hath His Way In The Whirlwind” (Ready to Worship S5E17)

Ready to Worship Season 5, Episode 17 for Friday, June 2, 2017

I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed by the power of storms.
Having seen the power of storms, I’m impressed by a statement that is found in the book of Nahum. Concerning God, we read, “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). Nahum described God as “great in power” and then spoke of God having “his way in the whirlwind and in the storm.” In this podcast, we want to explore this statement about God.

Transcript

I don’t know about you, but I’m impressed by the power of storms. I’ve lived in several communities where tornadoes touched down and where lives were lost. I’ve seen whole houses moved off of their foundations and then put back down again. I’ve seen huge trees pulled up by their roots or snapped in half like small twigs.

Having seen the power of storms, I’m impressed by a statement that is found in the book of Nahum. Concerning God, we read, “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). Nahum described God as “great in power” and then spoke of God having “his way in the whirlwind and in the storm.”  As powerful as whirlwinds and storms are, they are nothing to God. They may be able to have their way with trees and houses, but not with God. They don’t move Him. He has His way with them.

You may recall that God used a strong wind to part the Red Sea so that the children of Israel could cross on dry ground (Ex. 14:21). The children of Israel were afraid of Pharaoh, but they had no reason to be afraid. The God that they served could control the wind.

You may also recall that God used a strong wind to rend the rocks to remind Elijah of His power (1 Kings 18:11). Elijah was afraid. Jezebel had promised to kill him. However, he had nothing to fear. God was powerful enough to have his way in the whirlwind and in the storm. Jezebel, with all of her hot air, would be no problem for God. Amazingly, God would even use a whirlwind to take his servant Elijah home (2 Kings 2:11).

Finally, you may remember that God spoke to Job out of a whirlwind (Job 38:1; 40:6). Job had wanted an audience with God. Now, he had it. Yet, I’m convinced that it didn’t go as Job had imagined that it would. Rather than Job asking God questions, it was God asking Job questions. Even though Job was esteemed among men for His wisdom, He had no answers for the God that was speaking to Him from the whirlwind. He remarked, “Behold, I am vile; what shall I answer thee? I will lay mine hand upon my mouth. Once have I spoken; but I will not answer: yea, twice; but I will proceed no further” (Job 40:3-5).

As we get ready to worship this week, lets remember the power of God. We are bowing before the One who has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm.

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