It was all over the Internet. Every news outlet imaginable carried a headline that went something like this, “Biblical Storm Protects Israel.” Many Youtube headlines proclaimed “…SENT BY GOD…”; each showed the same video of the storm.
What’s all the fuss about? On Dec. 1, 2016, about 8 am an unusual storm appeared on the Syrian side of Israel’s border in the Golan Heights, just as Israeli soldiers were conducting routine operations on the Israeli side. The storm, a combination of wind, dust, and rain, did not cross into Israel, but formed a stationary protective barricade against potential attackers. This is the exact same location where Israeli soldiers had been attacked by ISIS several weeks prior.
Some people attributed the storm to an act of God. Others simply tried to dismiss it as an “ordinary” weather phenomenon. But it is rather strange that the storm obeyed a political boundary defined by humans, and did not cross the border fence. Certainly one would not expect an “ordinary” storm driven by random atmospheric patterns to honor a political boundary. Tornadoes don’t. Hurricanes don’t. Desert dust storms don’t. Furthermore, storms are not stationary. They move. This storm did not. Clearly this was an extraordinary storm for which no one has presented a cogent scientific explanation.
This storm started me thinking, “What was the root cause? What happened?”
As a believer in Christ Jesus I know that
- God is all powerful and His will is done in heaven and earth. (2Ch 20:6) By His Word alone were all the Heavens and the earth created. (Gen 1)
- God is good, and passionately loves His creation (Joh 3:16)
- Jesus by his will alone holds everything together (Heb 2:10, Rev 4:11)
- God controls everything, including the weather
- Noah’s flood (Gen 6:17)
- Jonah’s storm (Jon 1:4)
- Jesus calmed the storm (Mat 8:26)
Therefore I know that:
This storm was Divinely controlled. This particular storm was extraordinary – which is another word for “miraculous”, but not necessarily of Biblical proportions. (Interestingly, insurance companies still call all storms “acts of God.”)
But I know much more than that:
Because God is all powerful, loves His creation, and controls everything, I can be assured that He will not allow us to destroy His Creation, this earth, or ourselves – no matter what we do. (Mar 13:20) God is God and we are not.
Therefore the whole climate change scare that man-made activities will destroy our Earth is totally incompatible with Christian belief. I need not worry about climate change or global warming because it’s beyond our ability to affect! We simply cannot override God’s plan, no matter what we do. Furthermore, it is pure hubris (extreme pride) to presume we can “save” the planet by modifying the global climate as if we were fiddling with a thermostat in the house.
Hubris (pride) is sin against God. It was pride that caused Lucifer to rebel against God. It is pride that drives man’s rebellion against God. Therefore belief in our ability to control climate demonstrates our pride in ourselves and lack of faith in The Lord and is a sign of sin. We believers must let God take care of the Earth’s climate; we can’t. The Bible teaches us:
But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith? (Mat 6:30)
“Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. (Mat 6:34)
Lastly, I know that God expects us to be good stewards of His Creation.
Therefore let us focus on correcting problems which we can and must correct, and leave to God the issues that are beyond our ability. Let us clean up the “little” messes we make, such as
- Local pollution
- Wanton environmental destruction
- Personal harm to others
- Political conflict
- Immoral personal behavior.
We have plenty of serious problems we must and can actually resolve. Let God take care of the rest, such as climate control. We can’t and He will.
All is not as it looks!