Talk about the Weather

I am not endorsing or promoting Matthew Henry or the musical poet(s) as true Christians when I quote from them. Some things they said made me consider some Bible verses that talk about the weather.   [Underlining mine.]

For He says to the snow, Fall [on] the earth; also to the shower of rain, and the shower of [heavy] rains. He seals up the hand of every man so that all men may know His work. Then the beast goes into its lair, and they stay in their dens. Out of the storeroom comes the tempest, and cold from scattering winds. Ice is given by God’s breath, and the expanse of waters is frozen. Yea, He loads the cloud with moisture; He scatters His lightning cloud; and it is turned around by His guidance, so that they may do whatever He commands them on the face of the world of the earth. Whether as a whip, or for His land, or for mercy, He finds it. Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider the wonderful works of God. Do you know when God placed them, and caused the lightning of His cloud to shine? Do you know the balance of the clouds, the wonderful works of Him who is perfect in knowledge” (Job 37:6-16).

Matthew Henry comments:

“The changes and extremities of the weather, wet or dry, hot or cold, are the subject of a great deal of our common talk and observation; but how seldom do we think and speak of these things, as Elihu does here, with an awful regard to God the director of them, who shows his power and serves the purposes of his providence by them!”

Another passage that mentions God’s active control and direction of the weather:

“Jehovah relieves the meek; He throws the wicked down to the ground. Sing to Jehovah with thanksgiving; sing praise on the lyre to our God, who covers the heavens with clouds; who prepares rain for the earth; who makes grass to grow [on] the mountains. [He] gives the animals their food, to the young ravens that cry. He takes no delight in the strength of the horse, nor any pleasure in the legs of a man. Jehovah takes pleasure in those who fear Him, those who hope in His mercy. Praise Jehovah, O Jerusalem; praise your God, O Zion. For He has made strong the bars of your gates; He has blessed your sons within you. He sets up peace [in] your border, He satisfies you [with] the fat of the wheat. He sends His command out [on] the earth; His Word runs very swiftly; He gives snow like wool; He scatters the white frost like ashes; He casts out His ice like crumbs; who can stand before His cold? He sends out His Word and melts them; He causes His wind to blow, [and] the waters flow. He declares His Word to Jacob, His statutes and His judgments to Israel. He has not done so with any nation; and they have not known [His] judgments. Praise Jehovah!” (Psalm 147:6-20)

Here’s the musical poet(s) I mentioned earlier:

“Everybody wants to talk about whatever, anything that doesn’t matter, talk about the weather.”

Regarding true believers in the God-Man Mediator, Jesus Christ. May the words of our mouths and the meditation of our hearts be pleasing before You, O Jehovah, our Rock and our Redeemer (cf. Psalm 19:14). May our speech be full of grace seasoned with salt when we “talk about whatever…talk about the weather” (cf. Colossians 4:6).

“And Jehovah answered Job out of the tempest and said: Who [is] this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge? Now gird up your loins like a man, for I will question you; and you teach Me. Where were you when I founded the earth? Declare if you know understanding. Who has set its dimensions, for you know? Or who has stretched a line on it? On what [were] its bases sunk? Or who cast its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy? Or [who] shut up the sea with doors, when it burst out; it came forth from the womb? When I made the clouds to clothe it, and darkness its navel-band; and I broke My limit on it and set bars and doors; and I said, You shall come to here, but no further; and here your proud waves shall be set? Have you commanded the morning from your days, [and] caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the wings of the earth; that the wicked might be shaken out of it? It is turned like clay [under] a seal; and they stand out like a garment. And their light is withheld from the wicked, and the high arm shall be broken. Have you gone to the springs of the sea; or have you walked in searching of the deep? Have death’s gates been opened to you; or have you seen the gates of the shadow of death? Have you comprehended the breadth of the earth? Declare, if you know it all! Where [is] this, the way light dwells; and where is the place of darkness, that you should take it to its boundary, and that you should perceive the paths to its house? You know, for then you were born, and the number of your days [is] great. Have you entered into the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of distress for the day of battle and war? (Job 38:1-23)

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