Many of us have perhaps seen small whirlwinds that spring up at a moments notice running across a field or yard. They are a small version of a much larger and more dangerous tornado that some seem to enjoy chasing. Few perhaps know that Elijah’s translation (change from earthly form to eternal) was done by a whirlwind (2 Kings 2:1). Somewhat reminiscent of Dorothy’s experience in the movie ‘Wizard of Oz’ but in the case of Elijah an actual event.

The use of these winds or great storms are Biblical. The prophet Isaiah speaks of how God will use them in rebuilding nations (Isaiah 17:13) and as we know from the experience of tornadoes and hurricanes they bring sudden destruction (Proverbs 1:27).

As long as their is evil in the world (until Christ’s return) their will be whirlwinds of one sort or another. They are a method by which God shows His anger (Jeremiah 23:19) and His might (Nahum 1:3). All of creation, including its various weather patterns, is of and from God able to be used in furthering His righteousness and the sanctification of His people. Great storms, I believe, are meant to help us better understand this. That is THE MESSAGE OF THE WHIRLWIND.

THOUGHT FOR TODAY: Whirlwinds are often God’s way of warning the wicked.

DEVOTIONAL VERSE FOR TODAY: Isaiah 17:13 “whirlwinds show God’s fury”.

PRAYER FOR TODAY: Lord protect me from Your fury.


1. What fascinates people about whirlwinds, tornadoes and hurricanes?

2. Have you experienced any form of a whirlwind?

3. How can a whirlwind correct evil behavior?

4. Why do seemingly good people also experience destruction by whirlwinds?

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