Daily Devotional: Psalms 18:7-15
7 The earth trembled and quaked, and the foundations of the mountains shook; they trembled because he was angry. 8 Smoke rose from his nostrils; consuming fire came from his mouth, burning coals blazed out of it. 9 He parted the heavens and came down; dark clouds were under his feet. 10 He mounted the cherubim and flew; he soared on the wings of the wind. 11 He made darkness his covering, his canopy around him--the dark rain clouds of the sky. 12 Out of the brightness of his presence clouds advanced, with hailstones and bolts of lightning. 13 The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded. 14 He shot his arrows and scattered the enemies, great bolts of lightning and routed them. 15 The valleys of the sea were exposed and the foundations of the earth laid bare at your rebuke, O LORD, at the blast of breath from your nostrils.
18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
The term “act of nature” is synonymous with and defined as an “act of God” in legal terms. Used most often in settlements of insurance claims, an “act of God” is defined as an event caused by nature that is beyond human control, such as wind damage, storm damage and so on. Most of the English speaking world uses these terms in their legal systems, recognizing that much of what happens is beyond our control. These forces are attributed to One more powerful than humans.
Since God created all things, it is no wonder that he can control them. It seems that much of what happens in “nature” is left up to the “laws of nature” but there is no question that God has and can use these forces to his purpose. The most powerful storm is but a drop in the bucket of the power of God. This power can be used for our good or to punish those who reject him as God.
I praise you O God for your great power, power beyond my ability to understand or grasp. Yet, it is so comforting to know that you are beyond the worst things that can happen to me here on earth and you can control them at your will. Thank you for your great wisdom and love that controls your power. Help me open my heart to your Spirit so your power will be for good in my life. Mold my heart into your likeness so my actions will show the fruit of the Spirit. In Jesus name.