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::Devotional:: ‘Weather Alert – Storehouses of Snow!’

December 18, 2009

The forecast calls for a significant snowstorm to hit our area today through tomorrow evening and I must say – I’m excited!  I’m 29 years old and one of the first thoughts I had when the forecast came out was, “Where’s my sled.”  I guess, in some ways, we never really grow up do we?  Praise the Lord!  Although snow is dangerous, which is apparently revealed to you with age, it is one of the most beautiful displays of God’s craftsmanship that I’ve ever experienced.  In fact, it is one of the ways God has communicated his greatness to us according to His word.

The Bible teaches us that God has storehouses of rain, hail, wind, lightning and even snow.  You may remember in the story of Job, that God mentions these storehouses when he confronts Job about his limited understanding of God’s greatness.

Have you entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle?  Job 38:22-23

Just like the military has vast resources of weapons in its armories, God has the forces of nature stored away to be used at his disposal.  Sometimes those forces are used to bring punishment and other times they are used to bring nourishment.  They are at the command of God and his sovereign nature over all things.

God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding.  He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘ Be a mighty downpour.’  Job 37:5-6

God’s control of the forces of nature are one way He communicates his existence and his sovereignty to us.  Snowstorms, especially the likes of the one scheduled for our area today, bring everything to a screeching halt.  Virtually everything stops and we are left to marvel at the snow.

So that all men he has made may know his work, he stops every man from his labor. The animals take cover; they remain in their dens.  The tempest comes out from its chamber, the cold from the driving winds.  The breath of God produces ice, and the broad waters become frozen.  He loads the clouds with moisture; he scatters his lightning through them.  At his direction they swirl around over the face of the whole earth to do whatever he commands them.  He brings the clouds to punish men, or to wather his earth and show his love.  Job 37:7-13

The Bible says that since the beginning of time God has brought attention to himself through the forces of nature and all creation.  So much so in fact, that nobody can ever stand before him and say “I had no idea there was even a God out there.”

For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.  Romans 1:20 NAS

I know that the LORD is great, that our LORD is greater than all gods.  The LORD does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.  He makes clouds rise from the ends of the earth; he sends lightning with the rain and brings out the wind from his storehouses.  Psalm 135:5-7

So, as the storehouses of snow open up today and we are reserved to our homes, take a moment and listen to God communicate just a small piece of his vastness to us.  Bundle yourself up to stand in the silence of the snowfall and listen to God’s creation shout to the glory of His name.

Let all the earth fear the LORD; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.  Psalm 33:8 NAS

Let it snow, let it snow, let is snow!

-Stay Rooted Col. 2:7-

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