God Causes Hurricanes?
In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, which devastated Southeast Texas, and with hurricane Irma bearing down on the state of Florida, Kirk Cameron came under fire when he said that hurricanes are sent by God:
“Weather is sent to cause us to respond to God in humility, in awe, and in repentance.” – From a video posted by Kirk Cameron on Thursday, September 7, 2017
So, how about it? Is Cameron correct?
And, Cameron wasn’t merely sharing his opinion. He taught from the Bible. Reading from Job 37, which says:
He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter His lightning. They turn around and around by His guidance to accomplish all that He commands them on the face of the habitable world. Whether for correction or for His land or for love, He causes it to happen. (Job 37:11-13)
Psalm 107 says that God commanded and raised the stormy wind on the sea, and men’s courage melted away in their evil plight. They reeled and staggered like drunken men then they cried to the Lord in their trouble and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still.
Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the Lord, His wondrous works in the deep. For He commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven, they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end.
Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and He delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and H brought them to their desired haven. Let them thank the Lord for His steadfast love, for His wondrous works to the children of man! (Psalm 107:23-31)
Through the prophet Isaiah, God says:
I am the Lord, and there is no other, besides me there is no God; I equip you, though you do not know me, that people may know, from the rising of the sun to its setting in the west, that there is none besides me; I am the Lord and there is no other. I form light and create darkness; I make well-being and create calamity; I am the Lord, who does all these things. (Isaiah 45:5-7)
This is but a glimpse of the power of God, who will destroy the wicked. But if you cry out to Jesus, who calms the waves in the sea, you will be saved.
Who is this, that He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him? (Luke 8:25)
…when we understand the text.