Winter Reflections

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?
He sends out his word, and melts them;
he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.
–Ps. 147:16-18

This recent bout of winter weather has caused me to reflect a bit on God’s providence. We know from this and other passages that the writers of Scripture attribute the weather and other natural events to the sovereign hand of God. Rain or shine, cold or heat, drought or flood…He is responsible for it all. In recent years, I’ve taken it upon myself to pay more attention to general revelation in this manner.

How many times in life do we stop to ponder these things? We look at the weather report in the morning before heading off to work, taking for granted those sunny days with warm temperatures. We lament when the predictions are wrong and it never seems to cross our minds that God is in control of even the minute details of life…and that He has a purpose for it.

I hope y’all are warm, safe, and helping someone who is not.

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3 Responses to Winter Reflections

  1. Hollie says:

    I really love Matthew Henry’s commentary on this passage:

    The church, like Jerusalem of old, built up and preserved by the wisdom, power, and goodness of God, is exhorted to praise him for all the benefits and blessings vouchsafed to her; and these are represented by his favours in the course of nature. The thawing word may represent the gospel of Christ, and the thawing wind the Spirit of Christ; for the Spirit is compared to the wind, Joh 3:8. Converting grace softens the heart that was hard frozen, and melts it into tears of repentance, and makes good reflections to flow, which before were chilled and stopped up. The change which the thaw makes is very evident, yet how it is done no one can say. Such is the change wrought in the conversion of a soul, when God’s word and Spirit are sent to melt it and restore it to itself.

  2. Vita Consecrata says:

    I just wish I knew why He decided to grace us with all this snow! 😉

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