In Like a Lion Devotional

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In Like a Lion

Julia Bettencourt

Posted March 4, 2013


And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  Mark 4:41


I'm sure you've probably heard the saying, "in like a lion, out like a lamb" when referring to the month of March.  In other words, if it starts out with cold weather, then by the end of the month, it starts warming up.

Of course we all know that doesn't always hold true but one of the reasons March comes in so fiercely cold is because of the wind.   We normally think of March as the windy month.

Wind can be a lot of different things.  It can be harsh, howling, cold or even gentle and calm.  It all depends on how it is blowing at the moment. What I do know is that the Lord is in control of that wind.


 ...What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?  Mark 4:41


Let's look and see some ways that the Lord used the wind in the Bible.



The Wind and the Rain  (Genesis 8)


Noah and the Ark is a pretty well-known Bible story so we'll start there.   We know it rained for forty days and forty nights and we all know in the end that God stopped the rain, but have you ever noticed how He stopped the rain?  He started with controlling the wind. Look at Genesis 8:1

And God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the cattle that was with him in the ark: and God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters asswaged;

I guess if I was Mrs. Noah I would be so thankful for that wind.   I can't handle it when it rains for just a week, let alone forty days and forty nights.


The Wind and the Chariots.  (Exodus 14)


In the story of Moses leading the Israelites from Egypt, God caused the water to be held back for the Israelites to pass through the Red Sea.

How did God hold all that water back?  His command over the wind.

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.

And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.  Exodus 14:21-22


Pharaoh’s horsemen, his horses, and his chariots were buried in the Red Sea.  It says even those that went into the sea after them were buried in the water.

And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.  Exodus 14:27,28



The Wind and the Quails.  (Numbers 11)


I learn so much from those Israelites and their journey around that wilderness and there's no better chapter to learn from than Numbers chapter 11.  When I hear myself complaining I try to remember this chapter. In the first verses of the chapter, the Israelites complain and God just burnt some of them up.  It actually says "consumed".  The people cried to Moses. Moses cried to God, and God stopped the fire.

A few verses later, here they go again with the complaining.  They are hungry but not for what's on the table for supper. My kids do that sometimes.  They want anything other than what I've prepared for them.  That's how the Israelites were in this passage.  They want some meat to eat but God had prepared them manna.

On down through the chapter you can read the interaction of the people, God, and Moses.  Finally God taps into the that wonderful resource of His, the wind.

And there went forth a wind from the LORD, and brought quails from the sea, and let them fall by the camp, as it were a day's journey on this side, and as it were a day's journey on the other side, round about the camp, and as it were two cubits high upon the face of the earth.  Numbers 11:31

God gives them what they want but He is not pleased and the next thing you know, those complainers are hit with a plague while those quails are "yet between their teeth" (Numbers 11:33).  In verse 34 of that chapter they named the place "Kibrothhattaavah because there they buried the people that lusted."

This is the second time in the chapter that they had to stop and bury the dead of those that complained and displeased the Lord.  I think most of us categorize complaining as a little thing but this is such a reminder that it is not a little thing after all.


The Wind and the Fish.  (Jonah 1)


Jonah being swallowed by a big fish is another story from the Bible that most people, even those who not Christian, are familiar with.  Here's Jonah, a man running from God.  Well, he was trying to run anyway.  It was a lesson he had to learn the hard way.

Jonah hopped aboard a ship and went in the opposite direction that God wanted him to go, so God had to show Jonah that He knew exactly where Jonah was.  Again, God uses the wind.

But the LORD sent out a great wind into the sea, and there was a mighty tempest in the sea, so that the ship was like to be broken.  Jonah 1:4

The next thing we know Jonah is swallowed up by that fish and he's down in its stomach.  On into the next chapter of Jonah (Jonah 2:5) we see where he ended up.  Down in the fish in the dark with water all around him and weeds wrapped around his head.  Not a very fun place to be and it was all because of Jonah's disobedience.


The Wind and the Ship.  (Mark 4:35-41)


In this passage the disciples and the Lord are out on a boat.  Actually it says there were other "little ships" as well.  They had just left the multitudes so I imagine they were all tired and were looking forward to maybe relaxing a little out there on the water.

The Lord is asleep in the back of the ship and I can just imagine all of the disciples were just taking this time to unwind.  Then all of a sudden, here comes the wind.

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.  Mark 4:37

Here Jesus is sleeping and the disciples wake Him up.   They are scared.   The wind is making the waves fill up the ship with water.  I love how it doesn't just say Jesus is asleep, but "asleep on a pillow".  I'm not sure if it is exactly what we'd think of as a pillow but it does tell me that Jesus was probably getting comfortable.

Jesus rebukes the wind just by speaking to it.  Three little words. "Peace, be still" after which he questions the disciples about their faith.

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?   
Mark 4:39-41



Conclusion:

In all of these stories from the Bible, we see lessons to be learned just by thinking about how God controlled the wind.

We all have a little wind that comes into our lives.  Things that blow in when we least expect them.  Other times they are things we know are coming but still they have an impact on us.

Sometimes that wind is fierce and howling.  It can come in like a lion and freeze us to the bone.  Sometimes the wind can knock us over like it does lawn furniture or it may be a little gentler with the force of simply blowing leaves into the air.

Sometimes the wind comes in the form of a tornado and lifts us up out of our comfort zone and plants us somewhere else and we get a little disoriented.  Sometimes it blows dirt and debris into our eyes and we can't see what is up ahead.

Other times that wind just cools us off in the summer sun.  Still other times it is just so calming and gentle as it caresses us as we relax on the porch.

I'm so glad I know the Master of the wind.  I know the One who controls when and if the wind will hit, with what force, and what the wind will bring with it in its wake.  I'm so thankful that the Lord will be with me when the wind may hit me with a hard force or when it may come softly to my door.

So, do you know the Master of the wind?

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