He Calls For The Waters
Amos 9:6 (ESV) – who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth— the LORD is his name.
How often have you looked out a window to see rain or to check for signs of rain on the horizon? We seem to do this everywhere we go. We eye the clouds for signs of the weather. As we drive down the road, we check the sky. Inside our homes, we glance out of the window. We are weather curious people. In most of those occasions, we probably don’t consider God as the source of the rain. We may pay lip service to the idea, but we normally just assume natural processes at work.
Our text today gives us the important reminder to never get our theology confused. We are helped from becoming Deists who live as if God is the divine clockmaker. Amos writes about God as He “who builds his upper chambers in the heavens and founds his vault upon the earth; who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth— the LORD is his name.”
Notice in this text God is described as He “who calls for the waters of the sea and pours them out upon the surface of the earth.” This shatters any idea that God is disconnected from His creation.
God participates in the world. He acts.
The rains that fall every day on the planet are called by God.
They collect into the clouds from the sea and fall on the ground.
All of this is from the command of God.
Those waters provide nourishment to the earth and provisions for trees, flowers, and plants that yield food.
Do you have an accurate theology of the weather? It may not seem like a question that’s relevant to your life, but it is. How we see the nearness of God, and His activities in the world, matters a great deal. Our God is active in our lives. The world is not simply operating blindly. Yes, there are secondary causes at work. The sun draws the water from the sea, the wind is at work, the atmospheric pressure plays a part, and more. These things bring about rain. But our passage reminds us that God is the primary source. Live with this reminder each day and it will help guide a more faithful worship of the God who acts in our lives.
Reflection & Journal:
- Why is it important to reject Deistic views of God?
- What role do secondary causes play on things in the earth?
- How is acknowledging God’s power at work each day vital to our faith?
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