Summary: GOD READILY HAS A STORM IN RESERVE FOR ACCOMPLISHING HIS WILL. Here are three winds from the treasury of God.
Storms of the Scriptures #2:
June 3, 2001 -- AM
THE WIND IN THE TREASURY
(1) The potency of prayer hath subdued the strength of fire; it has bridled the rage of lions, hushed anarchy to rest, extinguished wars, appeased the elements, expelled demons, burst the chains of death, expanded the gates of heaven, assuaged diseases, repelled frauds, rescued cities from destruction, stayed the sun in its course, and arrested the progress of the thunderbolt. Prayer is an all-efficient panoply, a treasure undiminished, a mine which is never exhausted, a sky unobscured by clouds, a heaven unruffled by the storm. It is the root, the fountain, the mother of a thousand blessings. Saint John Chrysostom (C. 347-407)
(2) Among the spiritual truths the Psalmist declares that he confidently knows are these: first, the Lord is great; second, Our God is above all gods; third, He does what He pleases in heaven, earth, and sea or deep places. This third truth receives elaboration. God raises the vapors, creates the lightning, and draws wind out of His reserves.
The treasure house of the Lord has the winds of His will at His beckon. He uses them as He determines proper. Storms from His storehouse serve His purpose. Why does the Lord bring the storm out of His storehouse? He draws the wind in order to alter conditions to conform to His counsel.
(3) I have never liked thunderstorms. A few weeks ago, as I sat at my kitchen table during a particularly noisy storm, I started to pray in an effort to comfort myself. As lightning and thunder split the night sky on all sides, my prayer unwittingly began, "Dear LOUD Jesus ..." -- Heidi Mittiga, Rochester, N.Y. "Heart to Heart," Today’s Christian Woman – Jesus can speak “loudly” in a storm.
PROPOSITION: GOD READILY HAS A STORM IN RESERVE FOR ACCOMPLISHING HIS WILL.
Here are three winds from the treasury of God.
I. A wind that took away adversity (Exodus 10:1-20).
A. God sent this windstorm to remove the plague of locusts that had infested Egypt. Pharaoh had promised to let the Israelites go into the wilderness to worship if the locusts were sent away. God sent the wind to take away the adversity. In granting Pharaoh’s request, the Lord offered a means for Pharaoh to repent. However, Pharaoh did not keep His end of the bargain. The nature of God had a hardening effect on the heart of the Egyptian ruler. He could not humble himself enough to embrace the command of the Lord.
B. In Exodus 10:13, the LORD used an east wind to bring locusts into Egypt. With the morning chill came a chilling sight: a destructive horde of foliage-devouring insects. They were very severe (14) and covered the entire ground so that the Land was darkened (15). Pharaoh falsely repented and yet the Lord sent a “very strong” west wind to blow the locusts into the Red Sea (Exodus 10:19).
1. This wind came because of Moses’ prayer (an entreating prayer, an intercessory prayer, a purifying prayer, a responsive prayer, a willing prayer, a needed prayer) .