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Whirlwinds

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind, and said,

–Job 38:1


Both times God spoke to Job, He spoke out of the “whirlwind” (here and Job 40:6).

The Hebrew word suggests a strong wind, like a hurricane. The whirlwind provides important insights about God. A physical force with overwhelming power, it can appear to be out of control, able to destroy anything in its path.

Whirlwinds also suggest mystery. We see violent motion but don’t know where these storms are going or what they will impact. Job certainly felt that a whirlwind hit his life. Everything had been uprooted. His mind spun with questions. But God made clear He was at the center of this whirlwind, perfectly in control.

The presence of the whirlwind helped Job realize how little he knew. Before God, we are helpless in awe of His power.

Jesus used a similar analogy when describing how we can hear the wind, “but you do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

Whirlwinds also symbolize God’s judgment, which is inevitable for those who displease or defy or violate His Word. Like a whirlwind, His power can sweep into their lives with sudden force.

Learn to depend on God. Have faith in Him. Look to Him for discernment and perspective. Remember, He speaks out of the midst of whirlwinds. He is awesome! Humble yourself before Him. Trust Him. Worship Him. Thank Him for giving you peace amid life’s storms.

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