What kind of mischief can children cause when left to their own devices?
Mark 4:41 – And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?
We know that there are storms into which the Lord deliberately sends a chosen vessel(s), such as the flood of Noah. We know that there are storms sent by the Lord to arrest the movement of a person (or people), as in the case of Jonah. And we know that there are storms that are deliberately spawned by the enemy for demonic purposes of stealing, killing, and destroying, as in the case of the storm Jesus quieted on the Sea of Galilee. It seems that such storms seem to be very localized. But what of storms that rise up, and unless thwarted, ravage major portions of nations, and often impact massive elements of human population; storms that cause massive destruction, enormous flooding, and the like that can arise from hurricanes and cyclones. God does not indiscriminately ravage people’s lives with storms. He is surely able to isolate a storm for specific purposes of arresting someone’s movement. Likewise, I believe Satan is greatly limited as to what he can spawn in his use of nature. But let us consider the present status of nature in the church age.
Under the New Covenant, the earth and its fullness belong to the Lord. At the same time, the Lord has given His earthly dominion by power of attorney in the use of His Name to His church. When we speak of storms ordered by the Lord, we can see deliberate purpose. When we speak of storms spawned by Satan, they rise quickly and without warning. But what of great storms such as hurricanes and cyclones? We know many hours, and even days in advance of their coming. Their expanse and potential destruction can be enormous in size and intensity. Knowing well ahead of time of their arrival, especially through the work of meteorologists and their science, I am convinced that such things are the result of nature, or the creation, crying out for the manifestation of the sons of God. Why would nature, or creation, do such a thing? When Jesus redeemed man, He took possession once again of the earth. The earth knows that the purpose of its creation was to serve man, not to exist in a continual state of upheaval. The Scriptures tell us that the trees of the field shall clap their hands when we walk by; that the mountains and hills should break forth into singing before us. When it the last time nature broke forth into singing because you walked by? My friend, if you are a son of God, a mature believer, then nature is looking to you to enjoy its beauty and the joy it can bring. So, think on this question. What do children do who are ignored by their parents? What do children do when left to their own devices? More to come.
Manna for Today – Mark 4:35-41; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23-24; Daniel 3; Romans 8:18-30; Psalm 24:1; Isaiah 55:12