Our displeasure with Providence is displeasure with the ONE who orders it!
What a declaration is this: “He sendeth forth His commandment upon earth: His word runneth very swiftly. HE GIVETH snow like wool: HE SCATTERETH the hoar frost like ashes. HE CASTETH FORTH His ice like morsels: who can stand before HIS COLD? HE SENDETH out His word, and melteth them: HE CAUSETH HIS WIND TO BLOW, and the waters flow” (Psa. 147:15-18).
The mutations of the elements are beneath God’s Sovereign control. It is GOD who withholds the rain, and it is GOD who gives the rain when He wills, where He wills, as He wills, and on whom He wills. Weather Bureaus may attempt to give forecasts of the weather, but how frequently God mocks their calculations! Sun ‘spots,’ the varying activities of the planets, the appearing and disappearing of comets (to which abnormal weather is sometimes attributed), atmospheric disturbances, are merely secondary causes, for behind them all is GOD HIMSELF.
Let His Word speak once more: “And also I HAVE WITHHOLDEN THE RAIN from you, when there were yet three months to the harvest: AND I CAUSED it to rain upon one city, and caused it not to rain upon another city: one piece was rained upon, and the piece whereon it rain not withered. So two or three cities wandered unto one city, to drink water; but they were not satisfied: yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD. I HAVE SMITTEN YOU WITH BLASTING AND MILDEW: when your gardens and your vineyards and your fig trees and your olive trees increased, the palmerworm devoured them: yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD. I HAVE SENT AMONG YOU THE PESTILENCE after the manner of Egypt: your young men have I slain with the sword, and have taken away your horses; and I have made the stink of your camps to come up into your nostrils: yet have ye not returned unto Me, saith the LORD” (Amos 4:7-10).
Truly, then, God governs inanimate matter. Earth and air, fire and water, hail and snow, stormy winds and angry seas, all perform the Word of His power and fulfill His Sovereign pleasure. Therefore, when we complain about the weather we are, in reality, murmuring against God.