God made laws that control how the weather works. Thunder storms are part of our weather. Without rain, the grass, flowers, and crops wouldn't grow. The lightening and thunder in those storms come from the electricity in the air and on the earth. Of course, God can interrupt his laws of nature. But he made those laws so the earth would work. God doesn't send storms to scare us or hurt us. But storms can be dangerous, so we should stay out of their way and find cover when they come.
The clouds poured down their rain. The thunder rolled and crackled in the sky. Your Lightening flashed. There was thunder in the whirlwind. The Lightening lighted up the world! The earth trembled and shook. (Psalm 77: 17-18)
1 Kings 18: 5-45; Psalm 83:15
How come God makes weather hurt people or damage stuff? Does God make the weather every day?
Note to parents
As mentioned in the note for question 78, many natural disasters are the result of sin in the world. Of course we don't know all the reasons for hurricanes, earthquakes, tornadoes, and other terrible calamities. But some natural disasters are clearly the result of misusing the environment (for example, strip mining) or poor planning (for example, building on a flood plain).