Last night, I witnessed probably the worst storm I’ve ever seen. Here in North Texas, we experienced a Derecho. The wind blew at more than 100 miles per hour, and the rain was pounding down. It caused plenty of damage at our neighbors, but we were fortunate that we had no damage at our house.
It also raised a thought or two about storms:
“Jer 23:18 For who among them has stood in the council of the LORD to see and to hear his word, or who has paid attention to his word and listened?
Jer 23:19 Behold, the storm of the LORD! Wrath has gone forth, a whirling tempest; it will burst upon the head of the wicked.
Jer 23:20 The anger of the LORD will not turn back until he has executed and accomplished the intents of his heart. In the latter days you will understand it clearly.”
The wrath of the Lord is described as a storm, a tempest, here raised against false prophets. God is angry to those who failed to pay attention to His Word, who failed to understand it. And these false prophets are strengthening the evildoers by misapplying God’s Word through a lack of understanding.
The result is God’s anger that His warnings have gone unheeded, that these people have chosen to “speak visons from their own minds”. God’s anger is everlasting reproach and shame, which must feel like battering and howling winds and the inescapable millions of pinpricks of the driving rain and hail.
Because we are sinners, somehow we will all disappoint God, and be deserving of His wrath. But God is merciful:
“Mat 8:24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep.
Mat 8:25 And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.”
Mat 8:26 And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm.
Mat 8:27 And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?” ”
In the storm of sin, the very essence of human struggle in vain weakness, Jesus comes to calm that storm. He takes the full brunt of God’s wrath, and by interceding for us by His witness, He causes great calm in our souls. The struggle between sin and God’s wrath is gone if we have faith in Jesus, whose blood serves as the storm shelter.
We should indeed marvel at this very unique man, who is able to put Himself in between us and God’s wrath, that violent storm of justice and righteousness. We need to wake up the fact that we are indeed perishing, and can only live if Jesus calms the storm.