Nature and its forces are God’s great helpers. And, perhaps, sometimes they do a better job of displaying God’s glory than man does. To think that man is after God’s own image. I have always marveled at how God can use His creations to declare and demonstrate how powerful and great He is. God uses the forces of nature in the form of wind, storm, floods, fire, smoke, hailstones, clouds, and even locusts and insects to show His power. He used them to destroy and punish sinful Israel (Genesis 7:17-24, Psalm 78:46, Numbers 16:31-35) but He also used them to protect them and strenghten their faith and trust in Him.
In many instances in the Bible, we can observe how God uses fire and water to manifest His awesome power and His might. God spoke to Moses through a burning bush (Exodus 3:1-6). God, through Moses, parted the Red Sea to make way for Israel to be able to safely cross and flee from Pharaoh and his army (Exodus 13:21-25). Elijah met God through a strong wind, a great earthquake, a fire, and a whisper (1 Kings 19:9-15). Israel safely crossed the Jordan river because God parted the waters for them as soon as the priests carrying the Ark of the Covenant dipped their feet into the river (Joshua 3:14-17). Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were unscathed by the hot raging fire of the furnace where they were thrown into (Daniel 3). There were many more accounts of how God displayed His greatness. In the New Testament, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan (Matthew 3:13-17). Jesus calmed the storm (Mark 4:35-41). Jesus walked on the water (Matthew 14:22-33). The believers at Pentecost heard a “mighty rushing wind” from heaven and divided tongues as of fire appeared to them and they were all filled by the Holy Spirit (Acts 2:1-4).
God displays His greatness and His glory through His creations.
“The heavens declare the glory of God. The expanse shows his handiwork. Day after day they pour out speech, and night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech nor language where their voice is not heard. Their voice has gone out through all the earth, their words to the end of the world.” – Psalm 19:1-4 (WEB)
God holds all things together and He is in control. God is into details. He is into specifics. He knows every one. He calls all by name. He knows every creeping thing, every burrowing animal, and every creature that flies in the air or that swims in the deepest oceans. None escapes His notice. None is hidden from His eye. None is too far from His love and care. He uses all to show His wisdom and might to man. Is there still any reason to question God’s sovereignty?
God told Israel not to be afraid because they are His people and He is their God who redeemed them (Isaiah 43:1). It is again worthy of noting how God used water and fire to let the idea sink in to Israel how much He cares for them and how He can move to protect them from any harm.
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you, and through the rivers, they will not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned, and flame will not scorch you.” – Isaiah 43:2 (WEB)
Water and fire are one of the worst and devastating natural disasters that can possibly ravage us. When they happen, there is always a slim chance of survival. So when God told Israel that even in deep waters or even they walk through fire, He is with them. He is there, He walks with them through the fire as He walked with Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego in the fire inside the burning furnace.
There are situations in our life when you feel like you are in deep waters or that you are walking through a fire. Life becomes fragile. Hope is bleak. When you are in that situation, remember these words God gave to Israel, and this extends even to all people who believed in God and put their faith in Jesus. He is with you in that deep waters where you feel like you are sinking. He is with you as you feel the burning flames of the situation. He will save you. He will protect you. He is a sovereign God. Because He is with you, the waters will not overflow you and the fire will not scorch you.