Some went down to the sea in ships, doing business on the great waters; they saw the deeds of the Lord, his wondrous works in the deep. For he commanded and raised the stormy wind, which lifted up the waves of the sea. They mounted up to heaven; they went down to the depths; their courage melted away in their evil plight; they reeled and staggered like drunken men and were at their wits’ end. Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble, and he delivered them from their distress. He made the storm be still, and the waves of the sea were hushed. Then they were glad that the waters were quiet, and he brought them to their desired haven.” – (Pslam 107: 23-30 ESV)
Their seems to be a lot of controversy among Christians over who has ultimate authority over “natural disasters” Jesus or the Devil. The simple answer is, Jesus. When Jesus rebuked the wind that was about to sink the boat that he and his disciples were in, he was demonstrating the fact that he was God. Jesus demonstrated his authority over nature in Matthew 8:23-26:
“And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”
As I was meditating on the passage above, I realized that Jesus rebuked the storm, with no mention of demonic activity. He simply told it to hush! I don’t know if the storm was demonic in nature or not, the text doesn’t say. But until I read Psalm 107, I had always assumed the storm was the result of demonic opposition. But as we see from the scripture, God can send the storm! In Job chapter 1 God allowed Satan to direct the wind in a destructive way.
” While he was still speaking, yet another messenger came and said, “Your sons and daughters were feasting and drinking wine at the oldest brother’s house, when suddenly a mighty wind swept in from the desert and struck the four corners of the house. It collapsed on them and they are dead, and I am the only one who has escaped to tell you!” – (Job 1:18-19 ESV)
Satan may use the wind, but God created it, and has ultimate control over it. Gods’ providence is not only seen in nature, but it can been seen in all the affairs of men. I refuse to give into the view that, God knows the future but does not control it. Or even worse, some in our spiritually dark culture are saying that God does not even know the future. I am confident that the God who knows the number of hairs on our heads (Matt. 10:30) and notices when a sparrow falls (Lk.12:7) to the ground is fully in control of this world.
” You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.” – (Psalm 89:9 ESV)