Do you complain about the weather? I know I do, especially when it’s as hot as it typically is in Las Vegas. If nothing else, at least the weather is predictable: three months of winter, nine months of summer—that’s normal, right? Even when we complain about the weather, we’re usually not surprised about it. If we’re at all curious, we can look on our phones with some certainty to see what the weather will be like.
The old world wasn’t like this, though. People could take guesses or rely on almanacs, but the weather was relatively unpredictable, and it was often interpreted as either judgement or favor from the gods.
Wind was perhaps one of the most significant factors in determining weather. Wind could bring rain, but it could also blow heat from the desert, or cause a calm body of water to become violent. This was the case for Paul while he was on a ship as a prisoner; an eastern wind blew in so strongly that the sailors called it Euroclydon (Acts 27:14). This Euroclydon eventually shipwrecked Paul. This would have been contrary to the desire of the sailors, but not of the Lord.
Is every storm from God? I’d say not; the devil used a great wind to slay Job’s children (Job 1:19). However, God is the ultimate authority on His creation. Solomon wrote in Proverbs 30:4, “Who has ascended into heaven, or descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has bound the waters in a garment?” Solomon recognized that no man has control over the weather. No one but God can bind the wind to his will.
Perhaps the disciples had Solomon’s verse on their minds when they were out on the Sea of Galilee with Jesus. They were being tossed about, fearful for their lives. All the while, Jesus was peacefully asleep. Once Jesus awoke, all He did was tell the sea, “Peace, be still!” (Mark 4:39) This astonished His followers, to say the least. “And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, ‘Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him!’” (Mark 4:41). Jesus did what no one had done before: He ordered creation to submit to His will, by His authority alone.
We all wish we could improve the weather on occasion, metaphorically or literally. Yet none of us have the power to do so, just like all of humanity that has proceeded us. However, unlike so much of the world, we serve a God who does have power over all creation. If even the wind obeys Him, how much more should we?