Talking Lightning Bolts

J. D. Conley
July 6, 2014

Summer thunderstorms have been prevalent as of late. With them have come some magnificent displays of lightning streaking across the darkened skies. A bolt of lightning is a beautiful and yet fearsome sight to behold attesting to the power of God who sends it.

Toward the end of the book of Job, in God's flurry of questions for him is this one, "Canst thou send lightnings, that they may go, and say unto thee, Here we are" (Job 38:35)? Sometimes thunder is likened unto the voice of God, as is alluded to in verse 34. But to the "lightnings," in this verse, God assigns verbal skills, which in turn personifies the lightning bolts as servants of His. This Divine characterization of lightning boldly declares and strongly sets forth the immense power and management that the God of heaven has over the natural universe. This figurative language is employed by the Holy Spirit to impress upon our puny human minds, (Job's initially), just how superior God's mind and power is to that of the totality of mankind.

If the ever darting, enormously powerful ubiquitous bolts of lightning are figuratively compelled to give an account of their location to God Almighty, what about you and I, who have lovingly been created as free moral agents? Do we not owe God an accounting of our spiritual and physical whereabouts? Or does shame and guilt prevent us from saying to Him, "Here we are!" Regardless of whether we feel compelled to admit our spiritual condition to Him or not, He nonetheless knows, (Heb.4:13).

May we strive to always keep our spiritual garments glistening bright, so we can say in honest and open unison with the talking bolts of lightning, "Here we are!" May the great God of Heaven, use us as He sees fit, to His glory and honor.