Nahum 1:3 – The LORD is slow to anger, and great in power, and will not at all acquit the wicked: the LORD hath his way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of his feet.
THE STORM NATURE RELEASES IN ITS CRY FOR DELIVERANCE
Today we step into the arena of the fourth kind of storm. Thus far we have examined the Cleansing Storm, the Arresting Storm, and the Destroying Storm. The fourth one is the “Cry for Deliverance” Storm. This is the storm nature releases in its crying for and groaning for the manifestation of sons of God, for they hold the key. Many people will say they have never heard of such a thing. But, my dear friend, in Romans 8, the imagery of that very transaction is set forth clearly. There we read that the “creature” (that is all of God’s creation that came forth by His spoken Word, but not including man who was “made”) is waiting for the “manifestation of the sons of God.” Then in the following verses we read the words that “the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.” Do you see those words? “Creation” (which is a living thing) “travaileth in pain until now.” Now stop for a moment and consider the picture these words paint for us. Imagine a living being as large, as powerful, and as vast in scale as “the whole creation” moans and groans in expectation of relief from suffering through the ministry of the manifest sons of God. (see Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance).
Have you ever heard something as small as a rabbit squeal when it is threatened? It can be heard for some distance. Have you ever heard a larger animal such as cow groan in pain if it were severely injured? It is even louder. Have you ever heard a lion roar when it is in the throes of defending its pride? Once again, yet louder. Now imagine something the size of nature itself groaning and travailing in pain. Imagine the shakings that could result, the atmospheric tumult that could erupt. I know that I am writing words that will sure go beyond the ability of the natural mind to conceive, but they are true. Read the Bible, especially Romans 8. It speaks very plainly. It is the Word of God, a living Word made alive by the inspiration of Holy Ghost and the shedding of the blood of Jesus that still speaks.
My friend, the travailing and groaning voice of all nature together carries with it enormous power and causal ability. Earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and enormous storms can result. Someone might say all those things are natural events. They would be correct. Nature is natural. But nature is also powerful beyond human imagination, and it still recognizes the parent creator force of all that exists, and that is faith. It likewise knows and honors the voice of its Creator, the Lord God Jehovah.
Manna for Today – Nahum 1:1-3; Genesis 6:1-22; Jonah 1:1-17; Job 1:1-22; Romans 8:14-28; 1 John 3:2; Hebrews 12:24