Does God Control The Weather?

Job 37: 13 “He sends the storms as punishment or, in his loving-kindness, to encourage.”

When I hear about all the natural disasters going on around the world – earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, tornadoes, sinkholes, volcanoes, etc., I wonder to myself if God is in complete control of all the weather at all times, or does He just let it go ‘by itself.’   A couple of years back, a tornado ripped through my yard distroying so many huge trees; it looked like a war zone surrounding the entire property.  When I saw it, I cried it was so bad.  I also ran a photography studio at my house and amazingly, none of my outdoor photography props were touched, yet 100 yr old trees were ripped out just feet away and the house was left in tact.  Why?  Was God in control of this?

  • Job 37: “6For he directs the snow, the showers, and storm to fall upon the earth. 7Man’s work stops at such a time so that all men everywhere may recognize his power. 8The wild animals hide in the rocks or in their dens.”

I decided to look into scripture to see if I could find proof of whether He controlled the weather and storms.  I’ve oftened wondered about some of the terrible, disastrous storms that have wiped out cities, like New Orleans, or the one that hit Japan last year, or the tremendous toll Australia has taken in this year with floods, fires, and tornadoes.  Were these orchestrated by God Himself or did they just ‘happen’ because of the way the earth works?

  • Job 37:15 “15Do you know how God controls ALL nature and causes the lightning to flash forth from the clouds?”

The following are the verses I found and my conclusions.  See what you think.

  • Luke 8:25 “…Who is this man [Jesus], that even the winds and waves obey him?””

Does God excersize full control over the weather? – My thoughts….Oh Yeah!

  • Job 37: 6For he directs the snow, the showers, and storm to fall upon the earth. 7Man’s work stops at such a time so that all men everywhere may recognize his power. 8The wild animals hide in the rocks or in their dens. 9“From the south comes the rain; from the north, the cold. 10God blows upon the rivers, and even the widest torrents freeze. 11He loads the clouds with moisture, and they send forth his lightning. 12The lightning bolts are directed by his hand and do whatever he commands throughout the earth. 13He sends the storms as punishment or, in his loving-kindness, to encourage.  14“Listen, O Job, stop and consider the wonderful miracles of God. 15Do you know how God controls all nature and causes the lightning to flash forth from the clouds? 16-17Do you understand the balancing of the clouds with wonderful perfection and skill? Do you know why you become warm when the south wind is blowing and everything is still? 18Can you spread out the gigantic mirror of the skies as he does? (God controls all of the weather patterns)
  • Psalm 147: 15He sends his orders to the world. How swiftly his word flies. 16He sends the snow in all its lovely whiteness, scatters the frost upon the ground, 17and hurls the hail upon the earth. Who can stand before his freezing cold? 18But then he calls for warmer weather, and the spring winds blow and all the river ice is broken. (God controls all of the seasons)
  • Psalm 148: 8Let fire and hail, snow, rain, wind, and weather all obey. (The weather obeys God)
  • Genesis 19: 24Then the Lord rained down fire and flaming tar from heaven upon Sodom and Gomorrah, 25and utterly destroyed them, along with the other cities and villages of the plain, eliminating all life—people, plants, and animals alike. (God used weather to destroy Sodom & Gomorrah)
  • Exodus 9: 15I could have killed you all by now, 16but I didn’t, for I wanted to demonstrate my power to you and to all the earth. 17So you still think you are so great, do you, and defy my power, and refuse to let my people go? 18Well, tomorrow about this time I will send a hailstorm across the nation such as there has never been since Egypt was founded! (God sent a mighty, deadly hailstorm to display His power and pass judgement)
  • Exodus 19: 16On the morning of the third day there was a terrific thunder and lightning storm, and a huge cloud came down upon the mountain, and there was a long, loud blast as from a ram’s horn; and all the people trembled. 17Moses led them out from the camp to meet God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. (God was in the storm on Mt Sinai)
  • 1 Kings 19: 11“Go out and stand before me on the mountain,” the Lord told him. And as Elijah stood there the Lord passed by, and a mighty windstorm hit the mountain; it was such a terrible blast that the rocks were torn loose, but the Lord was not in the wind. After the wind, there was an earthquake, but the Lord was not in the earthquake. 12And after the earthquake, there was a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire, there was the sound of a gentle whisper.  (God sent a horrible wind and earthquake to show Elijah His power)
  • Isaiah 29: 6In an instant, I, the Lord of Hosts, will come upon them with thunder, earthquake, whirlwind, and fire. (God uses the weather to destroy the wicked)
  • Isaiah 30: 30And the Lord shall cause his majestic voice to be heard and shall crush down his mighty arm upon his enemies with angry indignation and devouring flames, with tornados, terrible storms, and huge hailstones. (God uses the weather to pass judgment and destroy the wicked)
  • Ezekiel 13: 11“Tell these evil builders that their wall will fall. A heavy rainstorm will undermine it; great hailstones and mighty winds will knock it down. 13Yes, it will surely fall.” The Lord God says: “I will sweep it away with a storm of indignation, with a great flood of anger, and with hailstones of wrath. (God telling the false prophets He will destroy them using the weather)
  • Ezekiel 38; 22I will fight you with sword, disease, torrential floods, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone! (God uses the weather to pass judgment and destroy the wicked)
  • Nahum 1: 3He is slow in getting angry, but when aroused, his power is incredible, and he does not easily forgive. He shows his power in the terrors of the cyclone and the raging storms; clouds are billowing dust beneath his feet! 4At his command the oceans and rivers become dry sand; the lush pastures of Bashan and Carmel fade away; the green forests of Lebanon wilt. 5In his presence mountains quake and hills melt; the earth crumbles, and its people are destroyed. (God uses tornadoes, storms, and earthquakes to show His power.)
  • Jonah 1: 4But as the ship was sailing along, suddenly the Lord flung a terrific wind over the sea, causing a great storm that threatened to send them to the bottom. (God brought up a terrible storm to get Jonah to repent)
  • Zechariah 10: 1-Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime, and he will answer with lightning and showers. Every field will become a lush pasture. (God waters all the earth)
  • Matthew 28: 2Suddenly there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord came down from heaven and rolled aside the stone and sat on it. (An earthquake at Jesus’ tomb)
  • Luke 8:  24They rushed over and woke him up. “Master, Master, we are sinking!” they screamed. So he spoke to the storm: “Quiet down,” he said, and the wind and waves subsided and all was calm! 25Then he asked them, “Where is your faith?”  And they were filled with awe and fear of him and said to one another, “Who is this man, that even the winds and waves obey him?”  (God quiets a storm just as He starts one)
  • Acts 16: 26suddenly there was a great earthquake; the prison was shaken to its foundations, all the doors flew open—and the chains of every prisoner fell off!  (God sent an earthquake to free Paul from prison)
  • Revelation 11: 19Then, in heaven, the temple of God was opened and the ark of his covenant could be seen inside. Lightning flashed and thunder crashed and roared, and there was a great hailstorm, and the world was shaken by a mighty earthquake. (Future earthly storms from heaven)
  • Revelation 16: 21and there was an incredible hailstorm from heaven; hailstones weighing a hundred pounds fell from the sky onto the people below, and they cursed God because of the terrible hail. (Future hailstorm of judgement)