Rains, floods, winds as curses from God PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 26 November 2015 11:26

KAKAMPI MO ANG BATAS

BY Atty. BATAS MAURICIO

LIFE’S INSPIRATIONS: “… Do you know how God controls the clouds and makes his lightning flash? Do you know how the clouds hang poised, those wonders of him who has perfect knowledge?” (Job 37:15-16, the Holy Bible).

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REACTIONS ON RAINS, FLOODS AND WINDS: Many are reacting to our recent columns on rains, floods and winds as punishments for those who are no longer listening to God, or for those who listen to Him but who are not anymore obeying Him, chastising us for suggesting that God meant the deaths and destruction from these calamities as penalties for man’s transgressions of His laws.

Our readers are telling us that God is a merciful God, loving and forgiving. Of course, they are correct—God is merciful, loving and forgiving. But let me clarify, right away, that it is not I who is saying that the rains, floods and winds which have been, and which will, in the future, still be, coming, constitute God’s punishment.

The Bible is the one which is saying that. In Matthew 7:24-27, Jesus Christ, our God and Savior, is quoted as saying that a “great crash” awaits those listen to His Word but disobey Him just the same. Of course, we all know what the Bible means when it mentions “great crash”.

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RAINS AS BLESSINGS AND PUNISHMENT: But, there is one other part of the Bible which makes it clear that God uses rains either to punish men or show His love for them. I came to know of this part during a worship gathering of the “Anak ng Diyos Kadugo Ni Kristo”  Church one Saturday morning.

A young lady pastor of the Church, only in her early 20s and yet already blessed by God with the ability to effective preach His Word, delivered a talk on Job 37:13, and I nearly fell off my seat when I heard what that Biblical verse contained, because it appeared to be an exact answer to criticisms on my past columns about rains, floods and winds.

Here is what Job 37:13 says: “He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love…” Amazing! After knowing this verse, there was no longer any hesitation whatsoever in my mind that God intended rains to be either a blessing or a curse.

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GOD DOES GREAT THINGS: Here are the earlier parts of Job 37, which resemble a news report about what we went through last week: “At this my heart pounds and leaps from its place. Listen! Listen to the roar of his voice, to the rumbling that comes from his mouth. He unleashes his lightning beneath the whole heavenand sends it to the ends of the earth.

“After that comes the sound of his roar; he thunders with his majestic voice. When his voice resounds, he holds nothing back. God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’

“So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor. The animals take cover; they remain in their dens. The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds…. He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them. At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them…”

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