I love it when there is a suddenly moment. A film or story is always made better by the sudden change in circumstances or character emotion. It is often the suddenly moment that brings about the breakthrough.
We last heard GOD speak in chapter 2, now, 36 chapters later, GOD speaks again. There was no storm when Elihu finished speaking so this was a suddenly moment … this is the moment of breakthrough.
Then the LORD spoke out of the storm … Job 38:1
The sudden storm. Job had been living in his own storm (this is a metaphor!) for the last 38 chapters. His storm had been sudden and unexpected back at the beginning of the book … but I would say that this storm, from where GOD spoke, was bigger. It was a demonstration as to who was in charge. When GOD creates a storm nothing can stop it. When He speaks from that storm, everything listens.
The LORD spoke to Job from the sudden storm … I have the same GOD and He speaks out of the storm that surrounds me – the storm of stress, anxiety, illness, pain, suffering, persecution, worry, etc. He has such authority that He is able to say to the raging and uncontrollable waves, ‘This far and no farther.’ Job 38:11.
The sudden storm. It’s strange to think of a sudden storm in England or even in today’s world as we have the technology to know when a storm is coming and where it is going. But this storm was not tracked and appeared out of nowhere. I don’t think that this was a metaphor, but that there was an actual storm. GOD chose to speak out of the storm and it wouldn’t be the last time that GOD would speak out of a storm, wind or other weather phenomenon. He is the LORD of storms, waves and all things that could overwhelm us and harm us. He is the one who is able to say ‘Be still!’ to the wind and waves.
35 That day when evening came, he said to his disciples, ‘Let us go over to the other side.’ 36 Leaving the crowd behind, they took him along, just as he was, in the boat. There were also other boats with him. 37 A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. 38 Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, ‘Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?’
39 He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, ‘Quiet! Be still!’ Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:35-39
GOD is the same today as He was back then. If we can read about Him doing something in the Bible then we can be assured that He can do it today. His ability to speak from the storm and to the storm show me that He has authority … all authority … and He has given that authority to me.
When I was at school I had a bit of a tough time with some of the other students; this was my storm. I was struggling so I asked GOD to speak to me because I felt like I had been forgotten by Him. He spoke. As I sat eating my breakfast I felt Him say to me “Luke 10:19.” There was a Bible on the table so I quickly found the passage. ‘I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome the power of the enemy, nothing will harm you.‘ GOD spoke in my storm and produced a more powerful storm within me. As I walked into school that morning I saw the girls that had been causing all the stress for me at the gate. I prayed back what GOD had said that morning … and it was as if they no longer saw me, they never again acknowledged me for the entirety of my school life. Nothing harmed me! It was the GOD storm of having faith, of knowing that my GOD is the ultimate authority and that He gives it to me so that nothing can harm me.
If you feel you are in a storm, be encouraged that GOD speaks to waves and tells them how far they can go. He can also produce bigger storms and speak out of them.