The Rough Wind and the East Wind

Isaiah 27:In measure, when it shooteth forth, thou wilt debate with it: he stayeth his rough wind in the day of the east wind. By this therefore shall the iniquity of Jacob be purged; and this is all the fruit to take away his sin; when he maketh all the stones of the altar as chalkstones that are beaten in sunder, the groves and images shall not stand up.

Many of us watch the weather and pick up things about how it works.  Farmers can tell when rough weather is coming.  Animals know.  Nature itself does things.  Even our arthritis kicks in.  The wind shifts when the weather is changing.  Isaiah lived in the Middle East, and when the wind blew from the east it meant rough weather was coming.

There is no promise of things in this world getting better.  Times call for us to trust the Lord.  We’re not insulated from troubles and trials.  Bad things come our way.  We all have bad weather days, spiritually speaking.  We can’t get so consumed with them that we forget the good days.

On a sunny day we seem to have more energy; on cloudy days we seem to be down and out.  If we never had the rain on the earth, it would dry up.  Sunny days all the time might be nice, but God forbid that we’d ever get upset over the rain.  The weather patterns are necessary.  Our life has its changes too.  Weather is dominated by high and low pressure.  High pressure means good weather.  Low pressure causes instability and causes rain and rough weather.  The greater the difference in high and low causes a greater possibility of bad weather.

We have high and low times in life.   We have to go through rainy days and east winds.  Good times won’t stand still.  We need fall and winter to have spring and summer.  It was set in this order because they need each other.  We need rain for the fields we tend.  With no rain or dark days we’d get lazy on the Lord.  God allows cold fronts to come; he allows the winds to shift.  Sometimes it’s rough to handle.  Think of it this way.  Every can of vegetables in your pantry is there because of the rain in the summer.  We too need rain to grow in the Lord and keep our focus on God.  He’s God of the rainy and sunny days.  He’s God of the dark skies and the blue ones.

The Bible says he holds back the rough wind.  No matter how stormy it is remember that if not for the kind and merciful hand of God, life would be worse.  He allows winds to blow to help us grow, but at the same time he keeps the roughest winds away.  We need to praise God for the life we have.  It could be worse.  It still pays to serve the Lord.  We can make it through the rainy days and see the sun again.

One of the best things we can do as Christians is pull out our Bibles and stay sheltered under the umbrella of God’s Word.  It will protect us.  So open the umbrella.

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