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That Light IS in YOUR Clouds!
There IS Light in the darkest storm clouds.
Job 38:1 Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,
In ancient days, or at least, days more ancient than me, public media had started to take on some very powerful new dimension. It was called Radio. Radio was a very important tool when it first arrived, and of course, like anything good, there is potential to use it for wrong purposes. A review of the 1st & 2nd WW would reflect how radio was used by Hitler, to do what he did.
It seems that with each new wave of technology, the media machine exponentially takes on new, ever-more powerful, and frightening dimensions. Today, a very powerful antisocial media has been weaponized, and we are literally hemmed in on all sides, being pounded incessantly with the latest end of the world storm. It is now a whirlwind, of manifold terror and threats to our personal safety, and our corporate, common good.
The text for today’s weekly is an essential one. It is very important for God’s people to realize and to know by personal experience, that our God can and does speak “out of the whirlwind.”
When the storm had ceased and the thunder was hushed, a voice spoke out of the golden splendor of the sky. See Job 37:21-22.
As Elihu spoke a thunder-storm was gathering, and much of the imagery of this chapter is suggested by that fact. The little group listened to the sound of God’s voice in the thunder. Peal followed peal without cessation, Job 37:4. To get an idea of whats happening here, we can note that at Jesus’ baptism; a voice from heaven (out of the whirlwind) spoke and pronounced the blessing on the up and coming mission of the Savior. But whats really interesting here is that some did not hear God’s Voice, they only heard thunder!
The lightly-falling snow and the drenching showers are all alike His work, whether they restrain people from their labor in the fields or drive the beasts to their dens, Job 37:8. From this storm Elihu turns naturally to the winter, with its ice and snow, and the frost that binds up the flow of the streams, Job 37:10. All these perform God’s bidding in the earth.
While climate alarmists purport to know whats coming for all of us, God’s people can know that we generally realize very little of atmospheric phenomena. The “climate” models are at best, increasingly brutal threats with very little to show of the actual “science.”
Look closely in Job 37 & 38. “Why the north and south winds blow, what is the real nature of the azure, and what the red and gold, or green of the northern lights! We cannot find out the Almighty. He is great and glorious, and cannot be unjust. Perhaps, this is one of the messages of the dark clouds; from out of the whirlwind? But let us be more eager to look for the bright light in the clouds. It is always there. A rainbow for every storm; an arbor for every difficult hill; a sure hiding-place in every tempest. Such is Jesus to all who love and trust Him.”
In our passage for today, Job had challenged God to answer him and now he is taken at his word. We recall Horeb’s ancient cave, where, after wind and earthquake, there came a sound of gentle stillness. “Arise,” said the Eternal to Job, “and gird thyself,” Job 38:3. In after years, under similar circumstances, the Spirit entered Ezekiel to strengthen him. Surely some such strengthening was forthwith given the patriarch!
A pointed series of questions is now addressed to him, not by a God of judgment and wrath, but by a Father arguing and pleading with His child and pointing out two things: first, the inability of mortal man to understand the ways of God; and second, the minuteness and tenderness of God’s providence. Job had thought of Him as remote, but He is near; even in the whirlwind, and is ordering all things wisely and lovingly. Can He forget His child?
As we are being surrounded and absorbed by the media maelstrom; we know that God still speaks, yet the howling winds of malignant destruction and looming terror on a world-wide basis, does not drown out His Voice. Some hear Jesus, some only hear thunder.
We might look at all thats going on in the media, and decide that “what can I do? I am so small against all that? And that is the FEAR that they want you to have. A wonderful acronym on fear that I read once really hits home on this point:
This acronym perfectly describes our media blitkrieg today. But no matter how small the follower of Jesus may feel, or may actually be; there is always going to be Light in your clouds.
“For who has despised the day of small things? For they shall rejoice, and shall see the plummet, in the hand of Zerubbabel with those seven, they are the eyes of The Lord, which run to and fro through the whole earth” (Zech 4:10).
God’s opportunity will often be seen in the little things of life; His possibility is our impossibility; for He sees potential where we only see disaster. “Ordinary” people will do extraordinary feats in the name of Christ; and they will do it “out of the whirlwinds” of these last days, “the time of the end,” (Dan 12:4), and “they that do know their God shall be strong and do exploits…” (Dan 11:32).
Just as God’s people cannot discern how the clouds stay in the sky; there are other things, other mysteries which we cannot approach. “The Mystery of Godliness,” is certainly one of them. Its essential to realize how that there are great mysteries connected with our religion, but they are over on the divine side!
There is no mystery about what to do to be saved, how to worship and serve God, and to live the Christian life, and finally be able “rise together” in the resurrection…The mystery of all that is on the divine side, and God will look after those mysteries!
In 1 Tim 3:16 he tells us, “Without controversy”–meaning without any argument, without any debate about it, there is nobody to deny it, it is admitted by all who know anything about religion–
“without controversy great is the mystery of godliness.”
And he mentions some of those mysteries: “God was manifest in the flesh”–which certainly has reference to the virgin birth, a subject that we cannot fully comprehend; and then how that God–“was justified in the Spirit, seen of angels, preached unto the Gentiles, believed on in the world, received up into glory” great mysteries. We can believe what is said about these mysteries, but we cannot fully comprehend them.
The power of the blood of Christ needs to be presented to the people with freshness and power, that their faith might lay hold upon its merits. (Gal 6:14). As the high priest sprinkled the warm blood upon the mercy-seat, while the fragrant cloud of incense ascended before God, so while we confess our sins, and plead the efficacy of Christ’s atoning blood, our prayers are to ascend to heaven, fragrant with the merits of our Saviour’s character. Notwithstanding our unworthiness, we are ever to bear in mind that there is One that can take away sin, and save the sinner. Every sin acknowledged before God with a contrite heart, he will remove. This faith is the life of the church. As the serpent was lifted up in the wilderness by Moses, and all that had been bitten by the fiery serpents were bidden to look and live, so also the Son of Man must be lifted up, that “whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have eternal life.”
Unless he makes it his life business to behold the uplifted Saviour, and by faith to accept the merits which it is his privilege to claim, the sinner can no more be saved than Peter could walk upon the water unless he kept his eyes fixed steadily upon Jesus.
Now, through Big Media, it has been Satan’s determined purpose to eclipse the view of Jesus, and lead us to look to people, to fear their fears, and trust to humanity’s wisdom, and to be educated to expect help from humanity. For years the church has been looking to the world, and expecting much from worldly resources and wisdom, but not looking to Jesus, in whom our hopes of eternal life are centered.
Therefore God gave to his servants a testimony that presented the truth as it is in Jesus, which is the “everlasting gospel,” (Rev 14: 6-12), in clear, distinct lines.
John’s words are to be sounded by God’s people, that all may discern the light and walk in the light; and yes. You heard it right. THAT Light IS in YOUR clouds…”out of the whirlwind:”
“He that cometh from above is above all; he that is of the earth is earthly, and speaketh of the earth: he that cometh from heaven is above all. And what he hath seen and heard, that he testifieth; and no man receiveth his testimony. He that hath received his testimony hath set to his seal that God is true. For he whom God hath sent speaketh the words of God; for God giveth not the Spirit by measure unto him. The Father loveth the Son, and hath given all things into his hands. He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.” (John 3:30-33)