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Does the phrase, “Mother Nature,” bug you as much as it does me? Who is in control anyway?  God or Mother Nature? 

I can’t believe I heard it again today on the news, “Mother Nature unleased her wrath again today!”  They were talking about the awful tornados that tore their way across the country. Every time there is some unusual weather event someone called, “Mother Nature,” gets the blame or credit.   Who is this Mother Nature anyway? 

The dictionary says:  Mother Nature, noun

“The personification of nature as a powerful and nurturing woman.”

Nature is everything that is not man-made according to the dictionary.  Therefore, nature is God made. 

Wikipedia says: 

“Mother Nature is a personification of nature.”

Every time we get tornados, hurricaines, blizzards, floods, and other weather woes the news and weather media blame it all on Mother Nature.  Not only that, but when we have wonderful weather and a beautiful day they say something like, “Mother Nature smiled on us today with this warm weather.”   She gets the credit and the glory.   So, what is the real story? 

God says in Exodus 20:3, NASB “You shall have no other gods before Me.”  This is one of the ten commandments, and is serious business.
God is to be praised and worshipped.  Not other gods.  We in our nation are getting very careless in this area.  When we hear the phrase, “Mother Nature”,  used over and over it becomes common.  We use it without thinking of the true meaning behind it.  Most of us wouldn’t intentionally praise another god.

Did you know that God is in control of the weather not Mother Nature?  

The Bible has a lot to say about God and how He controls the weather.

(Psalms 78:26 NASB) He caused the east wind to blow in the heavens And by His power He directed the south wind.

(Psalms 107:25 NASB) For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves of the sea.

(Psalms 135:7 NASB) He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightnings for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries.

(Psalms 148:8 NASB) Fire and hail, snow and clouds; Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;

(Proverbs 30:4 NASB) Who has ascended into heaven and descended? Who has gathered the wind in His fists? Who has wrapped the waters in His garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is His name or His son’s name? Surely you know!

(Mark 4:39 NASB) And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, “Hush, be still.” And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm.

God created the Heavens and the Earth and He controls the weather. So, you may ask, “Why does God allow this terrible weather to cause us all kinds of problems?”  The answer is that God is Sovereign.  He can do whatever He wants.  He is in control and nothing gets by Him. 

Have you ever stopped to think that God allows bad things to happen to our nation to get our attention?  We have lost our moral footing.  In our society today anything goes.  The news certainly validates this.  There used to be sin and shame, but it has been replaced with nothing is right or wrong. 

But, God says:

(Colossians 3:5 NASB) Therefore consider the members of your earthly body as dead to immorality, impurity, passion, evil desire, and greed, which amounts to idolatry.

(Colossians 3:6 NASB) For it is because of these things that the wrath of God will come upon the sons of disobedience,

“The sovereignty of God is that golden sceptre in his hand by which he will make all bow, either by his word or by his works, by his mercies or by his judgements.”     Thomas Brooks

The world says, “You can’t fool Mother Nature.”  I say, “You can’t fool God.”  He is still there, He is in control, and He holds us in the palm of His hand.  We need to cry out for mercy!

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Most of you probably know that American Idol started their new season Tuesday with a two hour show, and then had another two hour show on Wednesday evening.  According to the news casts over 37 million people watched the show Tuesday night. That is almost unbelievable.  I’ve never watch Idol before so I thought I’d see what it was all about and watched some of it on both nights.  Was I ever disappointed! 

They troop people out there and let them make horrible fools of themselves before millions of people.  Hardly anyone of them could actually sing.  How in the world did they make it to the show in the first place? 

The contestants were not trying to be comics, they were deadly serious, but they came off as hilarious.  What really bothered me was the fact that I found myself laughing out loud and actually enjoying the show.  I finally realized that I was laughing at people not with them.  Is that something a Christian should be doing? 

I felt so bad when they contestants were talked to rudly and they were truly hurt.  Some of them came out of the room in tears.  You could see they actually thought they were good and then were slammed.  I wondered why didn’t someone of their family or friends tell them they were not good.  That must have been a traumatic experience for them, and I wonder if they will ever get over it.  What kind of damage will that do to their young minds. 

As a Christian I don’t think I should be watching this kind of t.v. program.  God made us in His image and we are precious in His sight.  Does He really want us to treat each other in such a barbaric way? 

So, what do you think?  Where am I going wrong here?

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