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April 28, 2014

Storms make great Bible lessons

By Barrett Vanlandingham
Fort Faith

— This past Thursday was an incredible time to hear and watch God at work. You may have felt the same way. While getting some work done in my office, I began to hear raindrops on the rooftop, heavier and heavier, and then bolts of lightning and the booming thunder echoing like enormous bass drums. I walked outside under the awning where I could see and hear gushing downspouts watering the flowerbed near the entry. Low spots all over the church yard were quickly filling up.  

I couldn’t help but think, “Wow! God’s power is truly amazing!” It was all very humbling as this display of nature reminded me of who is behind all of this!  

I bet Noah was absolutely terrified the first day of the flood, especially since the Bible indicates it may not have ever rained (ref: Genesis 2:5) up until that point when “all of the springs of the great deep burst forth, and the floodgates of the heavens were opened” for forty days and forty nights (ref: Gen. 7:11-12).  

What a faith-builder that must have been after a hundred years of building an ark! Noah, a preacher of righteousness (2 Peter 2:5), finds himself smack dab in the middle of God making good on one of the most incredible promises of all time, as the highest mountains under the heavens would ultimately be covered “to a depth of more than twenty feet (Genesis 7:20).” Just think, all those people who probably thought Noah was crazy for obeying God’s command to build a huge boat to God’s specifications quickly re-thought their position on the matter. But it would be too late. Noah and his family would be saved, and no one else.

God has supplied us with mountains of evidence to increase our faith if we would just pay attention (Rom. 1:20). In fact, thousands of years before science finally discovered the water cycle and ocean currents, as well as the existence of underwater mountains, valleys, and springs under the oceans, the Bible had it right all along in passages such as Job 36:27-28, Ecclesiastes 1:7, Job 38:16, 2 Samuel 22:16, and Jonah 2:6. Based on Psalm 8:8, Matthew Maury, an officer in the United States Navy in the 1800’s, discovered there are many ocean paths or currents.

When I see God’s power on display as it was the afternoon I wrote this article, my faith is strengthened. Days like this not only help me appreciate what God can do with our universe, but also what he can do in the life of my family, just like He did for Noah’s. There is no time like the present to become a member of God’s family. Give me a call or email if you would like to know more.

Have a blessed week!

Reach Barrett Vanlandingham at the Fort Gibson Church of Christ at (918) 478-2222 or barrett@