The Weather

photoWe watch the evening news to know what’s going on in the world around us, to find out what’s happening not only in distant places but in our own backyards. And while some are more interested in politics, others only care about sports or they’re more concerned with celebrity gossip I find it peculiar that just about everybody will listen up to the guy who isn’t even always right: the weatherman.

Though it is subtle, weather plays a role in the Bible story as well. In the book of Job we read: “For He says to the snow, be on the earth….He directs His lightening to the ends of the earth” (Job 37:3,6). In Psalms 96:4 we read: “His lightening enlightened the world. The whole earth saw and trembled.” He directs the weather to help us and thus in Genesis we read: “But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock with him in the boat. He sent a wind to blow across the earth and the flood waters began to recede” (8:1-2). There are many mentions of natural phenomena attributed to God throughout Scripture and they include snow and rain and hail and earthquakes and so forth.

Of course it’s not all bad weather in the Biblical forecast. Let’s not forget that it was our Lord, while walking on the waters as the disciples’ ship was being tossed to and fro, who calmed the storms. In the end, however, the weather doesn’t have to be any sort of indication of God’s disposition. As our Lord tells us: “For He makes His sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust” (Matt. 5:45).

These past few autumn days have been unseasonably warm. Winter is on its way but before it arrives the often unreliable weatherman has advised us to enjoy these extra days of summer; and rightfully so! While this weather has truly been heavenly we offer our thanks and give praise to God not for giving us another summer day. It is, instead, that He has given us another day, period.

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