IT’S HIS WIND Andy Hollifield 9-15-17
Genesis 8:1 And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth and the waters assuaged,
Exodus 10:13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts.
Exodus 10:19 And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coast of Egypt.
Psalms 147:18 He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.
Ecclesiastes 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
I know that is several verses but I needed all of them to make the point that the Lord has put on my mind. I read a post on Facebook the other day that was written by one of my classmates in high school Craig Roberts. It went something to this effect: Don’t blame the forecasters for missing the intensity and course of Irma, but rather thank God that he heard our prayers and took it further west. I don’t mean to minimize the damage of the storm in any way. There are untold numbers of people who have lost everything or close to it and are almost broken in spirit. With that said, how many would there have been if the course had of remained what was forecasted earlier in the week? I believe one path showed it coming right up the middle of Florida and having the potential to wipe out the whole state. It was devastating enough but had it been as far east as originally thought when it made its northward turn, Florida would have potentially been like a third world country. That wasn’t by accident.
I had to do some repenting when I read Craig’s statement. I had already made the statement, “boy they missed that one didn’t they?” The fact is that they were apparently right in what they were seeing. The other fact is that according to Psalms 147:18, the wind belongs to God. It blows when and where he tells it to. In 1 Kings when Elijah was in a cave hiding out from Jezebel, the wind blew so hard that it broke rocks in to pieces. If that isn’t proof enough, Revelations 7:1 speaks about a time when four angels will stand on the four corners of the earth holding the four winds. Angels actually holding wind! No one else but God and whoever he says can do that. God has the ability to speak a hurricane right out of existence if he wants to. I don’t know the mind of God and I will not say that recent events are the judgment of God, only he knows that for sure. There are a lot of weather related phenomenons that will happen in the last days before Christ returns. Matthew 24:7 & 8 says, “For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places. (8) All these are the beginning of sorrows.” Luke 21:9 talks of the same things as Matthew and even in greater detail. When Jesus told those with him these things in Luke 21, he told them that “these things must first come to pass” (9). If you read chapter 21 of Luke you will see that God has all of these things under control and they are all more up to date and accurate than the evening news.
Now getting back to the wind. The word wind is used 123 times throughout scripture. The first time was in Genesis 8 showing grace to Noah and his family by sending a wind to calm the waters and dry the earth. Isn’t it interesting that the same wind that stirs up storms and waves is also used by God to bring calm and relief. That point is made in Exodus with the locusts when the east wind brought them in and the west wind took them out. The same wind that brings destruction is what we look for in the heat of summer to bring comfort and relief. In Exodus 14:21 it says, “…….And the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.” Think about that for a minute; a strong wind “congealed” the waters of the Red sea on both sides of the children of Israel and made them a dry path. Let me throw this one out at you; If that wind was strong enough to do that, then how was it possible for all of those people to not be carried away by the wind while passing through the sea? There is only one answer: God! He uses his wind how and when he wants to. When that wind ceased apparently in Exodus 14, the waters went back in their place and destroyed the army of Pharoah. If a 70 mph wind like we saw last week on TV, can make a man lose his balance and struggle to stand upright; how strong must that wind have been to divide those waters of the Red sea and immediately dry the land beneath it? I dare say that it would take a lot more wind than we have ever seen to do that.
Let me begin to close by saying this: man has always tried to figure out God and tried to control his creation but has never been successful at either. God said in Isaiah 55:9 “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I guess that about says it all don’t it? “For who hath known the mind of the Lord, or who hath been his counsellor?” (Romans 11:34). I have tried to be God’s counsellor and advisor a few times but thankfully it has never worked out like that. He knows what he is doing and he has all of this stuff that worries us to death, completely under control. There are a lot of things that we just can’t understand but it should be comforting to know that God still holds the wind in his hands. If he can do that; there’s nothing we will ever face that he can’t get us through. Take that thought with you throughout your day today and see if it don’t bring you peace and comfort. Have a blessed day in the Lord!!!