Posted by: tscottmorton | October 8, 2014

Lightning and Thunder

Jer 51:16 When He utters His voice—
There is a multitude of waters in the heavens:
“He causes the vapors to ascend from the ends of the earth;
He makes lightnings for the rain;
He brings the wind out of His treasuries.”

As an airline pilot, I am intimately familiar with the design of a thunderstorm. A thunderstorm builds as hot air rises. As the storm develops, the hot air begins to interact with colder air at high altitudes. What goes up, must come down! Hot air rises, cold air falls. As the colder air above chills the hot air, the cold air then descends. Columns of hot rising air begin to interact with cold air columns that descend. In time, the friction of these columns of rising and falling air masses charge the air with electricity. Lightning follows. Lightning then produces thunder because of the extreme heat of lightning coupled with the speed of its movement.

Lightning strikes in one spot, but it’s blinding light and thunder are seen and heard for miles around.

And while in flight we avoid them with all haste, there is a spiritual meaning to the winds and the rains.

The rising air is like our praises and intercessions and the seeking of His Face. While the falling air is like what the Father brings into the church by His Presence. This is the ongoing process of ascending and descending.

Then the rains fall… and the winds blow… then, lightning strikes… and thunder follows. And when the lightning strikes, this is like the Holy Spirit coming in power!

There is what seems to be chaos during a thunderstorm; heavy winds, heavy rains, and then a shift! The winds herald the coming revelation, the grounds get watered with His truth. Then manifests His energy as the storm gives way to a change. Unstable air gives way to stable air. Chaos gives way to purpose. Religion gives way to intimacy and truth!

Lightning is like the power of the Holy Spirit manifesting instantly. Thunder becomes the testimony of it that follows.

He is the Lightning…. We are His Thunder…

We need to be willing to be shifted violently out of dead and lifeless religion! That’s what happens when the Spirit shows up. That which was gives way to the new thing. Our air becomes shifted, our grounds get watered, and we thunder His testimony out into a dying world!

Job 36:26-33 “Behold, God is great, and we do not know Him; nor can the number of His years be discovered. For He draws up drops of water, which distill as rain from the mist, which the clouds drop down
and pour abundantly on man. Indeed, can anyone understand the spreading of clouds, the thunder from His canopy? Look, He scatters His light upon it,
and covers the depths of the sea. For by these He judges the peoples; He gives food in abundance. He covers His hands with lightning, and commands it to strike. His thunder declares it…

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