Saturday, January 20, 2024

Orange Moon Saturday, January 20, 2024 "To See the Snow"

The Special of the Day… From the Orange Moon Cafe…

"To See the Snow"

       "Great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend. For He saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of His strength" (Job 37:5-6).

    Since the days of Job, we have learned much about the weather and how it works in the physical sense.  While forecasts are sometimes less than perfect, meteorologists have come a long way in letting us know what to expect day by day, and even longer periods of weather ahead.  The truth remains, however, that regarding snow, sun, rain, wind, and all matters of how creation works, it continues to be true that "great things doeth He, which we cannot comprehend."

    God has built into His universe natural laws by which all things work.  Materialists mistakenly believe these movings of matter to be the power that governs all things, from the atom to vast galaxies.  Nothing could be further from the truth.

    "By Him all things consist" (Colossians 1:17).

    "Upholding all things by the word of His power" (Hebrews 1:3).

    A great and wondrous spiritual reality created and sustains the laws of creation and its workings.  The Voice that long ago said "Let there be" in origins continues to say the same about continuation and maintenance (Genesis 1:3).  Indeed, when snow falls, it does so based on physical realities - which are themselves the servants of far greater spiritual realities.  "He saith to the snow, Be thou upon the earth."   No atom of creation, wondrous as its composition and mechanisms are, can continue to exist or work apart from the atom Maker and Mover.  "By the breath of God frost is given" (Job 37:10).

   A profound lesson and correlation  awaits believers in this truth of our Heavenly Father's involvement in the natural creation.  We are His spiritual creation - "a new creature" - and the principles we consider apply to God's personal working in our lives (II Corinthians 5:17).  Our experiences flow as do those of all the earth's inhabitants.  Natural ways and means affect us no less than they do those who do not believe.  However, we know that pleasant events, painful difficulties, and everyday occurrences all flow according to an unseen current, directed by the intangible divine engineering and artistry of the Divine.  "God… worketh all things after the counsel of His own will" (Ephesians 1:3; 11).  With our physical senses and natural understanding, we see the natural order of things as they fall out in our lives.  With our hearts, however, we see God.  Or we should.  Choices of faith must continually be made to acknowledge and affirm the Lord's working in our lives.  "Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment" (John 7:24).  

     We can either see snow merely in terms of weather.  Or we can choose to also view its Maker in terms of wonder.  Both realities are true.  The latter is greater by far.  Again, this applies to our lives.  We can see happenings as mere happenstance.  Or we can see the hand of God working amid all to glorify the Lord Jesus Christ, conform us to His image, and enable us to bless our world with His grace and truth.  The peace of our hearts hinges on choosing to see the snow - and even more, our lives - in terms of the natural, but far more, in terms of the heart and hand of God.

"Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on Thee."

(Isaiah 26:3)

"To be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace."

(Romans 8:6)

Weekly Memory Verse

   I thank my God upon every remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making request with joy, for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day until now."

 (Philippians 1:3-5).



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