Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The God of Weather


This winter season—along with last year—has been more active than in recent memory. I confess that I am no fan of winter and snow. It's pretty to see wafting down but I receive no joy in driving in it!

However, even the snow is in the sovereign hands of God.
For to the snow he says, 'Fall on the earth,' likewise to the downpour, his mighty downpour. (Job 37:6 ESV)

He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold? (Psalms 147:16-17 ESV)

Praise the LORD from the earth, you great sea creatures and all deeps, fire and hail, snow and mist, stormy wind fulfilling his word! (Psalms 148:7-8 ESV)
One underlying point weaves through these verses: Snow is not just some impersonal meteorological response to certain atmospheric conditions but the response of a personal God. The Bible knows nothing of a universe devoid of the handling of its Creator. Today if somebody asked the question, "Why is it snowing?" we might say, "Because it's 32° F or less where the snow was formed." If people from the biblical era were asked that question they might answer, "Because God is making it snow!"

God is in control of his universe. And his weather.