Now …. Jesus and His disciples got into a boat, and He said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” So they launched out. But as they were sailing along He fell asleep; and a fierce gale of wind descended on the lake, and they began to be swamped and to be in danger. They came to Jesus and woke Him up, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” And He got up and rebuked the wind and the surging waves, and they stopped, and it became calm.
And He said to them, “Where is your faith?” They were fearful and amazed, saying to one another, “Who then is this, that He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him?” – Luke 8:22-25
The extent of God’s providence embraces the entire universe. The Holy Scripture affirms that even the inanimate creation is under the direction of His will and care, and therefore act in accordance to the laws which the Law Giver has imposed.
The luminaries of heaven, the sun, moon, and stars are created by God for various uses: for signs, seasons, for days and years, and the give light by day and by night. All men partake of the benefits. They are continued and employed by God to fulfill His purposes.
Of the sun we are taught that precious vegetation are brought forth by the sun [i], and as a reminder of God’s continued faithfulness He commands the morning, and causes the dawn to know its place [ii] All men partake in the benefits of it for God “…causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous [iii].” The sun is at God’s command; He can stop it at His pleasure and hide it from men. He “commands the sun not to shine [iv]” and is able to arrange that it is not seen for days. He causes it “to go down at noon [v].” As it seems to do in an eclipse, He darkens the earth in a clear day.
We read in the book of Judges that “the stars in their courses fought against Sisera [vi] .” They are used by sailors on the mighty waters to guide them. Their absence was felt by the Apostle Paul and his travel companions when for many days neither the sun nor stars appeared [vii].”
The elements of heaven, the clouds, winds, hail, rain, snow, dew, thunder, and lightning are all under the will of God Almighty Who created them. The providence of God manages the clouds: “ He draws up the drops of water. They distill rain from the mist which the clouds pour down.
They drip upon man abundantly [viii] .” The winds are also at the disposal of His providence; God restrains them or lets them loose at His pleasure. “He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth; Who makes lightning for the rain, Who brings forth the wind from His treasuries [ix] .” God speaks but a word and the winds roar forth storms and the waves of the sea [x], and with a word, He can calm them [xi]. God’s mercy and compassion sends dew and rain and snow upon the earth to water it and make it fruitful wherever He wishes: “I withheld the rain from you while there were still three months until harvest. Then I would send rain on one city. And on another city I would not send rain; one part would be rained on, while the part not rained on would dry up [xii].”
Even the elements of the earth such as metals and minerals are under His watch. Things such as gold, silver, brass, iron, and jewels God has made for man, yet to be used for His glory. “Surely there is a mine for silver and a place where they refine gold. Iron is taken from the dust, and copper is smelted from rock [xiii] … ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the LORD of hosts [xiv].”
[i] Deuteronomy 33:14
[ii] Job 38:12
[iii] Matthew 5:45
[iv] Job 9:7”
[v] Amos 8:9
[vi] Judges 5:20
[vii] Acts 27:20
[viii] Job 36:27-29
[ix] Psalm 135:7
[x] Psalm 107:25
[xi] Matthew 8:26-27
[xii] Amos 4:7-8
[xiii] Job 28:1-2
[xiv] Haggai 2:8