Daily Devotional Saturday 25th September 2021by William Moody
Elihu Proclaims God’s Majesty
37:1 “At this also my heart trembles
and leaps out of its place.
2 Keep listening to the thunder of his voice
and the rumbling that comes from his mouth.
3 Under the whole heaven he lets it go,
and his lightning to the corners of the earth.
4 After it his voice roars;
he thunders with his majestic voice,
and he does not restrain the lightnings1 when his voice is heard.
5 God thunders wondrously with his voice;
he does great things that we cannot comprehend.
6 For to the snow he says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour.
7 He seals up the hand of every man,
that all men whom he made may know it.
8 Then the beasts go into their lairs,
and remain in their dens.
9 From its chamber comes the whirlwind,
and cold from the scattering winds.
10 By the breath of God ice is given,
and the broad waters are frozen fast.
11 He loads the thick cloud with moisture;
the clouds scatter his lightning.
12 They turn around and around by his guidance,
to accomplish all that he commands them
on the face of the habitable world.
13 Whether for correction or for his land
or for love, he causes it to happen.
14 “Hear this, O Job;
stop and consider the wondrous works of God.
15 Do you know how God lays his command upon them
and causes the lightning of his cloud to shine?
16 Do you know the balancings2 of the clouds,
the wondrous works of him who is perfect in knowledge,
17 you whose garments are hot
when the earth is still because of the south wind?
18 Can you, like him, spread out the skies,
hard as a cast metal mirror?
19 Teach us what we shall say to him;
we cannot draw up our case because of darkness.
20 Shall it be told him that I would speak?
Did a man ever wish that he would be swallowed up?
21 “And now no one looks on the light
when it is bright in the skies,
when the wind has passed and cleared them.
22 Out of the north comes golden splendor;
God is clothed with awesome majesty.
23 The Almighty—we cannot find him;
he is great in power;
justice and abundant righteousness he will not violate.
24 Therefore men fear him;
he does not regard any who are wise in their own conceit.”3
Elihu continues to reveal his high view of God as he continues to speak of God’s hand in the weather, as he he focuses on thunder and lightning (v1-5). The thunder is like the majestic voice of God speaking he says and it makes his heart tremble.
Elihu’s picture of God is truly awesome and nature helps us get some grasp of His exalted nature.
The discussion of God’s hand at work in the weather continues (v6-17) and includes mention of the snow and downpours (v6), whirlwinds (v9) and ice (v10). Take time to read these great verses and ponder the nature of the God who controls even the weather.
Elihu teaches that what God does in the weather is done for correction, for the land or for love (v13). This is undoubtedly true of suffering as well. God does have a loving plan and purpose in the dark trials we face.
Elihu encourages us to be cautious in what we say before this exalted God who controls all of nature (v18-20).
The bright and golden skies which follow a storm reveal something of the glory of God (v21-24). Truly all of creation testifies to the greatness of the Creator. We should not separate what happens in creation from the Creator who rules over everything.
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