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Calvin on Thunderstorms

I love Ontario for its thunderstorms.  The Lower Mainland of British Columbia only rarely had thunderstorms and then usually they were pathetic unimpressive events.  Here we get some real storms, sometimes with some very dangerous results.  But they always leave you in awe of the Creator.  I’m not sure if Geneva is more like Ontario or BC, but apparently John Calvin knew a thing or two about violent thunderstorms.  Herman Selderhuis explains:

Calvin repeatedly speaks about God’s revelation in thunderstorms.  The power of God is revealed through the vehemence of such natural phenomena like violent and stormy weather.  When we cannot see God’s face, his presence becomes very clear in the thunder of stormy weather.  To shake believers awake and to let hardened unbelievers hear his voice, God from time to time will let the weather rage in order to impress all people.  Calvin’s Theology of the Psalms, 71-72.