Who Controls the Weather?

On April 29, 2017 over 300,000 people gathered on the Capital Mall for a “climate change march,” and members of my community held a “Facts Matter Climate Change Walk.”  These marchers are concerned about alleged changes in global temperatures, ocean levels, and concentrations of greenhouse gases, and assert that we have an obligation to manage human activities in order to reverse perceived climate changes.

I agree that “facts matter,” and I encourage those who are concerned about weather fluctuations and our climate to examine the facts recorded in the Book of Truth.  The Bible has unsurpassed credibility on this topic, because its Author is the Creator and Sustainer of our planet.

Fact #1.  God created the mechanisms for climate and weather.  He created night and day, and the land, water, sun, moon and stars (Genesis 1:3-9, 14-19).   He established the earth’s rotation, axis tilt, and revolution around the sun which yield daily and seasonal temperature fluctuations.  He likewise established the gravitational influence the moon has on the tides (which are instrumental in nutrient and water temperature cycling).  He created “paths in the seas” (Psalm 8:8) – ocean currents which dramatically affect water and air temperature and precipitation.  He also created an atmosphere which is perfectly designed to support plant, animal, and human life (including the essential process of photosynthesis).  (Carbon dioxide is not a pollutant!)

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Fact #2.  God sustains the climate and weather mechanisms He established:  “…in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:17).  He has promised, “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease” (Genesis 8:22).  In other words, all the elements of climate and weather that we need to flourish will remain until the end time God has appointed.  God is faithful — there is nothing we humans can do (or fail to do) which will cause Him to fail to maintain the seasons, including a time to plant and harvest.

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Fact #3.  God is sovereign over His Creation.  It is not within man’s power to cause the sun to rise or set, the tides to advance or retreat, or the water cycle to commence or cease.  In contrast, God has caused the sun to stand still (Joshua 10:12-13), the entire earth to flood above the peaks of the mountains (Genesis 7:19-20), hail to fall from the sky (Joshua 10:11; Exodus 9:22-26), a raging storm to cease (Matthew 8:27), and rain to be withheld for months (Amos 4:7-8).  God’s display of power is always intended to cause mankind to acknowledge that “It is He who made us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3).

Fact #4.  This same all-powerful God is merciful to us.  “He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good and sends rain to fall on the just and the unjust” (Matthews 5:45).

Fact #5.  God requires obedience.  God says, “If you follow my decrees and are careful to obey my commands, I will send you rain in its season, and the ground will yield its crops and the trees of the field their fruit… you will eat all the food you want and live in safety in your land.  I will grant peace in the land…” (Leviticus 26:3-6).  God has promised not to flood the earth again, but He can get our attention through other demonstrations of His power over creation.  He is seeking a people who will return to Him, for “the LORD God Almighty is his name” (Amos 4:6-13).   

Fact #6.  God invites us to cast our cares upon Him (I Peter 5:7).  He also tells us notIt is not man’s job to control the weather.  (Neither are we capable of fulfilling this task!)  The sole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13). to worry (Matthew 6:25-34).  If you are worried about climate change, the solution is to acknowledge that this matter rests in God’s capable hands.  Thank Him for caring for the earth He created and faithfully bringing the seasons in their turn.  “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God” (Philippians 4:6).  God will be honored if we ask Him for rain to water the plants in our gardens (our petition), and then thank Him for the gentle rains that He brings forth (thanksgiving).  We should also be thanking Him daily for causing the sun to rise and set!

I urge climate change protestors to cease worrying about our planet’s climate and instead focus on the One Who created and sustains the earth.  It is not man’s job to control the weather.  (Neither are we capable of fulfilling this task!)  The sole duty of man is to fear God and keep His commandments (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

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