When my brother Dick and I, living on a farm in Missouri, cringed from the zigzagged lightning splitting the cloudy sky and heard thunder rattle the windows that made the mules nip at each other’s necks, we ran for cover. All the time Dick yelling, “Leon, God must be awful mad at somebody.”
Dick was right on target about one thing–It was God’s voice we were hearing. According to Job 37:3, 5, “He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heaven . . . ; God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.”
God’s power in nature is not meant to dazzle us with His mighty acts like an entertainer, but is evidence of his commitment in Job 37:13b,“to water his earth and show his love.” The next time He fills his hands with lightning (Job 36:32a) and claps the ear splitting thunder, remember God is speaking to His creation, saying, “I am just in my dealings with all people as I rain my abounding love on you.”
In his own childish way, Dick witnessed God active in nature with the lightning, thunder, and pelting rain during one of those violent Missouri thunderstorms as we and the mules ran for shelter. No, Dick, He wasn’t angry, but He sure was loud!
Let’s praise “The Almighty who is beyond our reach and exalted in power (Job 37:23) . . . He comes in golden splendor; and [who] comes in awesome majesty” (22). “With hailstones and bolts of lightning, the Lord thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.” (Psalm 18:12, 13).