The Whirlwind Experience

5 07 2010

The Lord has His way in the whirlwind and in the storm, and the clouds are the dust of His feet. (Nahum 1:3 NKJV)

Clearly, God is in both the greatness of the storm and the mildness of the whirlwind. But if we look beyond the surface meaning of this scripture, I think we will discover a deeper truth hidden therein that can take our faith to a more intimate understanding of how our Father, Jehovah-Rohi , guides and protects us.

A storm is a storm, but let us consider the structure and effects of a whirlwind. A whirlwind is nothing more than a small swirling wind, building just enough momentum to stir up a little dust. The whirlwind has no feasible purpose; it seems to accomplish nothing—causing neither harm nor good—spinning around and around going NOWHERE at all.

God’s people can find themselves in the same predicament as the whirlwind, whirling about but not moving in any real direction—neither falling backward nor advancing forward—and feeling as if life is just passing us by. However, as frustrating and purposeless as an undirected life can seem, it is important to understand that God is very much in control of this stage of our spiritual development as well. For our Father uses the season of the whirlwind to test our level of faith and perseverance in His Word. And if we will refuse to be dismayed during the whirlwinds of life, then God will ultimately cause even them to work together for our good—in due season! (Romans 8:28; Galatians 6:9)

The whirlwind experience teaches us that we are NEVER forsaken, NEVER purposeless, and that we live not by bread alone but by the Word of God. (Hebrews 13:5; Jeremiah 29:11; Mathew 4:4) But if we ever do feel alone, all we have to do is look up! For the clouds in the sky are all the evidence we need that our Daddy in heaven just passed through making a way for us where there was no way and crooked places straight, in Jesus’ name!

Look up at the heavens and see; gaze at the clouds so high above you. (Job 35:5 NIV)

Behold, I am the Lord…is there anything too hard for Me? (Jeremiah 32.27 NKJV)

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