Thursday, April 19, 2018

34 Bible Verses About Storms


Recently I've wanted to compile a list of Bible verses about storms simply because life is filled with storms. As tempting as it was to just google "Bible verses on storms" and pull a bunch of verses from various lists, I felt like I would be cheating myself out of quality Bible study by doing it that way. So instead, I conducted my own research using The Strongest NASB Exhaustive Concordance and various commentaries to compile this list.

A lot of these verses have great applications for facing storms in life, and offer hope despite doubt and fear, even in today's world, thousands of years after the divinely inspired authors wrote these verses. However, sometimes it's difficult to understand how it's applicable when you don't fully understand the context of the verse. So in parentheses next to several of the references, I've included little blurbs that attempt to give at least enough context to glean more value from the passage in regards to its real life application. (Some of the blurbs are taken from the headings of the NASB).

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Taking Comfort in the Lord in the Midst of the Storm

Psalm 55:4-8 (A Psalm of David, praying for the destruction of his treacherous enemies)
4 My heart is in anguish within me,
And the terrors of death have fallen upon me.
5 Fear and trembling come upon me,
And horror has overwhelmed me.
6 I said, “Oh, that I had wings like a dove!
I would fly away and be at rest.
7 “Behold, I would wander far away,
I would lodge in the wilderness. Selah.
8 “I would hasten to my place of refuge
From the stormy wind and tempest.”

Psalm 107:23-30 (The Lord Delivers Men from Manifold Troubles)
23 Those who go down to the sea in ships,
Who do business on great waters;
24 They have seen the works of the Lord,
And His wonders in the deep.
25 For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind,
Which lifted up the waves of the sea.
26 They rose up to the heavens, they went down to the depths;
Their soul melted away in their misery.
27 They reeled and staggered like a drunken man,
And were at their wits’ end.
28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,
And He brought them out of their distresses.
29 He caused the storm to be still,
So that the waves of the sea were hushed.
30 Then they were glad because they were quiet,
So He guided them to their desired haven.

Isaiah 4:5-6 (God prepares a remnant of Israel to protect after she suffers His judgment)
5 [T]hen the Lordwill create over the whole area of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, even smoke, and the brightness of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory will be a canopy. 6 There will be a shelter to give shade from the heat by day, and refuge and protection from the storm and the rain.

Isaiah 25:3-5 (Song of Praise for God's Favor)
3 Therefore a strong people will glorify You;
Cities of ruthless nations will revere You.
4 For You have been a defense for the helpless,
A defense for the needy in his distress,
A refuge from the storm, a shade from the heat;
For the breath of the ruthless
Is like a rain storm against a wall.
5 Like heat in drought, You subdue the uproar of aliens;
Like heat by the shadow of a cloud, the song of the ruthless is silenced.

Isaiah 32:1-2 (Hope for a glorious future during complacent, godless times)
1 Behold, a king will reign righteously
And princes will rule justly.
2 Each will be like a refuge from the wind
And a shelter from the storm,
Like streams of water in a dry country,
Like the shade of a huge rock in a parched land.

Isaiah 41:10-16 (The Lord encourages Israel not to fear, for He is stronger than any foe)
10 Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
11 Behold, all those who are angered at you will be shamed and dishonored;
Those who contend with you will be as nothing and will perish.
12 You will seek those who quarrel with you, but will not find them,
Those who war with you will be as nothing and non-existent.
13 For I am the Lord your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, ‘Do not fear, I will help you.’
14 Do not fear, you worm Jacob, you men of Israel;
I will help you,” declares the Lord, “and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel.
15 Behold, I have made you a new, sharp threshing sledge with double edges;
You will thresh the mountains and pulverize them,
And will make the hills like chaff.
16 You will winnow them, and the wind will carry them away,
And the storm will scatter them;
But you will rejoice in the Lord,
You will glory in the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 54:11 (God's compassion on Jerusalem)
11 O afflicted one, storm-tossed, and not comforted,
Behold, I will set your stones in antimony,
And your foundations I will lay in sapphires.

Zechariah 9:14-15a (God's deliverance of Judah and Ephraim)
14 Then the Lord will appear over them,
And His arrow will go forth like lightning;
And the Lord God will blow the trumpet,
And will march in the storm winds of the south.
15 The Lord of hosts will defend them.

Matthew 8:23-27 (Jesus calms the storm that threatens the disciples)
23 When He got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. 25 And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” 26 He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. 27 The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Acts 27:18, 20, 37, 44b (These are snippets taken from the passage detailing Paul's shipwreck when he was being transported as a prisoner)
8 The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo; ... 20 Since neither sun nor stars appeared for many days, and no small storm was assailing us, from then on all hope of our being saved was gradually abandoned... 37 All of us in the ship were two hundred and seventy-six persons... 4b And so it happened that they all were brought safely to land.

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Job

(I listed storms throughout the book of Job as it's own category because I think it's really cool to see how the term "storm" is used throughout the progression of the book. It starts off as a humiliating circumstance used to cause dismay to people, but then it transforms into something fearfully magnificent to demonstrate both God's power and grace.) 

Job 9:16-18 (In frustration, Job states that there's no mediator between God and man)
16 If I called and He answered me,
I could not believe that He was listening to my voice.
17 For He bruises me with a tempest
And multiplies my wounds without cause.
18 He will not allow me to get my breath,
But saturates me with bitterness.

Job 21:17-22 (Job speaking defensively in response to his friends)
17 How often is the lamp of the wicked put out,
Or does their calamity fall on them?
Does God apportion destruction in His anger?
18 Are they as straw before the wind,
And like chaff which the storm carries away?
19 You say, ‘God stores away a man’s iniquity for his sons.’
Let God repay him so that he may know it.
20 Let his own eyes see his decay,
And let him drink of the wrath of the Almighty.
21 For what does he care for his household after him,
When the number of his months is cut off?
22 Can anyone teach God knowledge,
In that He judges those on high?

Job 27:20-22 (likely Job - though possibly his friend Zophar - stating the terrors the wicked man will suffer)
20 Terrors overtake [the wicked man] like a flood;
A tempest steals him away in the night.
21 The east wind carries him away, and he is gone,
For it whirls him away from his place.
22 For it will hurl at him without sparing;
He will surely try to flee from its power.

Job 30:14-15, 21-23 (Job expressing how humiliating his current state is from all that he has suffered)
14 As through a wide breach [fools] come,
Amid the tempest they roll on.
15 Terrors are turned against me;
They pursue my honor as the wind,
And my prosperity has passed away like a cloud.
21 You have become cruel to me;
With the might of Your hand You persecute me.
22 You lift me up to the wind and cause me to ride;
And You dissolve me in a storm.
23 For I know that You will bring me to death
And to the house of meeting for all living.

Job 37:9-13 (Elihu, the youngest of Job's friends, says God is Back of the Storm) (This passage puts me in amazement of God. It's a reminder that God causes storms basically for whatever reason. And we have to be okay with that. Our finite minds can't always comprehend what God deems necessary in His infinite wisdom.)
9 Out of the south comes the storm,
And out of the north the cold.
10 From the breath of God ice is made,
And the expanse of the waters is frozen.
11 Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud;
He disperses the cloud of His lightning.
12 It changes direction, turning around by His guidance,
That it may do whatever He commands it
On the face of the inhabited earth.
13 Whether for correction, or for His world,
Or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.

Job 40:1-9
1 Then the Lord said to Job,
2 “Will the faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
Let him who reproves God answer it.”
3 Then Job answered the Lord and said,
4 “Behold, I am insignificant; what can I reply to You?
I lay my hand on my mouth.
5 “Once I have spoken, and I will not answer;
Even twice, and I will add nothing more.”
God Questions Job
6 Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm and said,
7 “Now gird up your loins like a man;
I will ask you, and you instruct Me.
8 “Will you really annul My judgment?
Will you condemn Me that you may be justified?
9 “Or do you have an arm like God,
And can you thunder with a voice like His?
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Storms Used As Discipline Or Punishment

Psalm 83:13-18 (A Psalm of Asaph imploring God to confound his enemies)
13 O my God, make them like the whirling dust,
Like chaff before the wind.
14 Like fire that burns the forest
And like a flame that sets the mountains on fire,
15 So pursue them with Your tempest
And terrify them with Your storm.
16 Fill their faces with dishonor,
That they may seek Your name, O Lord.
17 Let them be ashamed and dismayed forever,
And let them be humiliated and perish,
18 That they may know that You alone, whose name is the Lord,
Are the Most High over all the earth.

Proverbs 1:24-29 (Wisdom is personified and warning those who refuse to listen to her)
24 Because I called and you refused,
I stretched out my hand and no one paid attention;
25 And you neglected all my counsel
And did not want my reproof;
26 I will also laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your dread comes,
27 When your dread comes like a storm
And your calamity comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently but they will not find me,
29 Because they hated knowledge
And did not choose the fear of the Lord.

Isaiah 28:1-3 (Ephraim's Captivity Predicted)
1 Woe to the proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim,
And to the fading flower of its glorious beauty,
Which is at the head of the fertile valley
Of those who are overcome with wine!
2 Behold, the Lord has a strong and mighty agent;
As a storm of hail, a tempest of destruction,
Like a storm of mighty overflowing waters,
He has cast it down to the earth with His hand.
3 The proud crown of the drunkards of Ephraim is trodden under foot.

Isaiah 29:6 (Though Jerusalem will suffer for her rebellion, God promises to punish her enemies)
6 From the Lord of hosts you will be punished with thunder and earthquake and loud noise,
With whirlwind and tempest and the flame of a consuming fire.

Jeremiah 23:17b, 19-20 (God denouncing and warning against false prophets)
17b And as for everyone who walks in the stubbornness of his own heart,
They say, ‘Calamity will not come upon you.’
19 Behold, the storm of the Lord has gone forth in wrath,
Even a whirling tempest;
It will swirl down on the head of the wicked.
20 The anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and carried out the purposes of His heart;
In the last days you will clearly understand it.

Jeremiah 25:31-33 (God's judgment declared on Babylon)
31 A clamor has come to the end of the earth,
Because the Lord has a controversy with the nations.
He is entering into judgment with all flesh;
As for the wicked, He has given them to the sword,’ declares the Lord.
32 Thus says the Lord of hosts,
'Behold, evil is going forth
From nation to nation,
And a great storm is being stirred up
From the remotest parts of the earth.'
33 Those slain by the Lord on that day will be from one end of the earth to the other. They will not be lamented, gathered or buried; they will be like dung on the face of the ground.

Jeremiah 30:23-24 (The Lord will punish the wicked oppressors of Israel)
23 Behold, the tempest of the Lord!
Wrath has gone forth,
A sweeping tempest;
It will burst on the head of the wicked.
24 The fierce anger of the Lord will not turn back
Until He has performed and until He has accomplished
The intent of His heart;
In the latter days you will understand this.

Ezekiel 38:8-10 (Prophecy about Gog, ruler of pagan nations, and future invasion of Israel)
8 After many days you will be summoned; in the latter years you will come into the land that is restored from the sword, whose inhabitants have been gathered from many nations to the mountains of Israel which had been a continual waste; but its people were brought out from the nations, and they are living securely, all of them. 9 You will go up, you will come like a storm; you will be like a cloud covering the land, you and all your troops, and many peoples with you.”10 ‘Thus says the Lord God, “It will come about on that day, that thoughts will come into your mind and you will devise an evil plan."

Amos 1:13-15 (God's judgement on Israel's neighbor nations)
13 Thus says the Lord,
“For three transgressions of the sons of Ammon and for four
I will not revoke its punishment,
Because they ripped open the pregnant women of Gilead
In order to enlarge their borders.
14 So I will kindle a fire on the wall of Rabbah
And it will consume her citadels
Amid war cries on the day of battle,
And a storm on the day of tempest.
15 Their king will go into exile,
He and his princes together,” says the Lord.

Jonah 1:4, 10-16 (God uses a storm to shake the ship that Jonah was disobediently using to run away from Him)
4 The Lord hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up. 10 Then the men became extremely frightened and they said to him, “How could you do this?” For the men knew that he was fleeing from the presence of the Lord, because he had told them. 11 So they said to him, “What should we do to you that the sea may become calm for us?”—for the sea was becoming increasingly stormy. 12 [Jonah] said to them, “Pick me up and throw me into the sea. Then the sea will become calm for you, for I know that on account of me this great storm has come upon you.”13 However, the men rowed desperately to return to land but they could not, for the sea was becoming even stormier against them. 14 Then they called on the Lord and said, “We earnestly pray, O Lord, do not let us perish on account of this man’s life and do not put innocent blood on us; for You, O Lord, have done as You have pleased.” 15 So they picked up Jonah, threw him into the sea, and the sea stopped its raging. 16 Then the men feared the Lord greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the Lord and made vows.

Zechariah 7:13-14 (God's declaration after His people refuse His call to repentance)
13 And just as He called and they would not listen, so they called and I would not listen,” says the Lord of hosts; 14 “but I scattered them with a storm wind among all the nations whom they have not known. Thus the land is desolated behind them so that no one went back and forth, for they made the pleasant land desolate.”
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God's Greatness

Psalm 50:3-4
3 May our God come and not keep silence;
Fire devours before Him,
And it is very tempestuous around Him.
4 He summons the heavens above,
And the earth, to judge His people

Psalm 148:7-12
7 Praise the Lord from the earth,
Sea monsters and all deeps;
8 Fire and hail, snow and clouds;
Stormy wind, fulfilling His word;
9 Mountains and all hills;
Fruit trees and all cedars;
10 Beasts and all cattle;
Creeping things and winged fowl;
11 Kings of the earth and all peoples;
Princes and all judges of the earth;
12 Both young men and virgins;
Old men and children.

Isaiah 40:21-24
21 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?
Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?
22 It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,
Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.
23 He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
24 Scarcely have they been planted,
Scarcely have they been sown,
Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.

Ezekiel 1:4 (Ezekiel's vision of God's supernatural manifestation)
4 As I looked, behold, a storm wind was coming from the north, a great cloud with fire flashing forth continually and a bright light around it, and in its midst something like glowing metal in the midst of the fire.

Nahum 1:2-3
2 A jealous and avenging God is the Lord;
The Lord is avenging and wrathful.
The Lord takes vengeance on His adversaries,
And He reserves wrath for His enemies.
3 The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,
And the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished.
In whirlwind and storm is His way,
And clouds are the dust beneath His feet.

Zechariah 10:1 (God will replace judgment with blessing for Judah and Ephraim)
1 Ask rain from the Lord at the time of the spring rain—
The Lord who makes the storm clouds;
And He will give them showers of rain, vegetation in the field to each man.

Matthew 16:1-4 (Jesus refuses the religious leaders' request for a sign because they have refused to believe any of His former works and miracles; though they can interpret signs of the weather, they are blind to "signs of the times")
1 The Pharisees and Sadducees came up, and testing Jesus, they asked Him to show them a sign from heaven. 2 But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times? 4 An evil and adulterous generation seeks after a sign; and a sign will not be given it, except the sign of Jonah.” And He left them and went away.

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