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33 The noise [rea`] thereof
sheweth [nagad] concerning it, the cattle [miqneh] also concerning the vapour [`alah]. KJV-Interlinear
33 'Its noise declares His
presence; The cattle also, concerning
what is coming up. NASB
There is not a person or animal, on the planet, nor in
history, that does no look up when a storm is coming up.
The skies darken, the sounds of wind and thunder, even
at a distance, announce the coming storm.
The lightning flashes are seen even before the noise of a storm can be
And so it is with life, with the difficulties of life,
with the problems and the disasters of life.
They are announced sometime prior to their arrival. And God makes His announcements, through
doctrine, long before disaster strikes.
Animals are not dumb.
They know the seasons, they know the changes in the weather. And yet man, who possesses a greater
intellect, often times cannot see the nose on his own face.
We have often said in this study that there are but
two opinions in life. There is Gods view
and then there is everything else.
Well in life or in politics, there is the left view of
liberalism, the right view of conservatism, and the center view which is some
sort of balance between the two. Regardless
of these views, they are all views of the world, each possessing some of the
true views of God (if you happen to be in or near the center thinking group), and
each possessing some views that are not.
And as you move further and further from the center,
then those views begin to dabble in the bizarre.
Political views are not doctrinal views, but are views
of the world. Doctrinal views are not
political views, but certainly have an influence in the direction of the
thinking of people.
In the temporal world, we do not have any gauges for
measuring our spiritual strengths or weaknesses. Only from the spiritual side of life, can we
observe the workings of the temporal side, and sometimes gain an understanding
of the direction, or potential direction that life in this world is going to
take. Like storms on the horizon.
None of us are prophets. We cannot say what the world will be doing in
a month or in a decade, but we can guess as to its direction from generation to
generation. And even that is a difficult
guess. We do not know what technology
the world will possess in the next generation, nor their troubles, nor their
But that all, only points to the frailties of
God can announce the lightning. God can announce the storm. God can point out those who are His friends,
and those who are not. God can act on an
individual level as well as on a worldwide generational level. We cannot.
We can study doctrine all of our lives and gain
insight as to what is happening in the world, perhaps identifying patterns or
trends, but we will never have perfect insight.
Certainly, people with doctrine will have a better
insight than those who have no doctrinal foundation.
But regardless for your spiritual status, Gods always
provides adequate warnings. Storm
And it is God who directs the storms' ferocity. Not by luck, not by chance, not by simple
acts of nature, but by the will of God.
He can direct a single bolt of lightning to the nose
of a single individual, with perfect accuracy.
Nothing in life, happens by accident. And while God does not coerce us into any
trend of thinking, He always provides us with adequate information and warning
systems such that we can stay clear of disaster, or at least be aware of its
From that, you can either be caught up in the storms
of life, or you can try to steer clear of them, or you can ride them out.
Sometimes we won't have much of a choice, since the
would is far bigger than any of us, but we will always have the choice of
spiritual preparation, and through that, we can place our destiny in Gods hands
and through Him live through whatever storms life might come our way.
Certainly without God, you will be on your own when
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.