14th December 2011

The Whole World In His Hands

“Whenever you see a cloud rising out of the west, immediately you say, ‘A shower is coming’, and so it is.   And when you see the south wind blow, you say, There will be hot weather’, and there is. Hypocrites! You can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it you do not discern this time? Yes, and why, even of yourselves, do you not judge what is right?”
Luke 12:54-58 (NKJV)

December last year was the coldest on record with an average temperature of -1C.  In the UK winter chaos, much publicity was given to how much the snowy weather costs the economy, disrupting business and holiday travel. Besides ignoring the fact that God is sovereign over the elements, it seems that other important factors are overlooked:

1)  God could bring the UK and all mankind to a standstill quite easily if he chose to do so.  Read of his power in Psalm 107.

2)  We ignore the fact that it is God who gives people the power to get wealth (Deuteronomy 8:18), and who has provided mineral riches for humanity to mine and refine, the air that we breathe, food and water.  Read in Deuteronomy 8 how he even prevented the Israelites clothes from wearing out!

3)  God can use the weather and even volcanoes as His tools (Psalms 104:32), with their effect on the air we breathe, heat input into the atmosphere, and even preventing the sun’s radiation from reaching the lower atmosphere and the earth’s surface.

As a familiar hymn says, we have to “plough the fields and scatter the good seed on the land”, but it is He who “sends the snow in winter, the breezes and the sunshine and soft refreshing rain”, in fact, “All good gifts around us”!

We are dependant on Our Heavenly Father’s provision but because the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7), we prefer to exclude God from our thinking, as described in Romans 1:28, “And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting;”—thus God’s hand in the weather and provision of our needs doesn’t get a mention, except perhaps when they call natural disasters “acts of God”!

Heavenly Father, thank you for providing for much more than just our needs:  supermarkets with an abundance of food, clean drinking water on tap, and the availability of your written word. Please help us remember with gratitude that you are the source of every blessing. In Jesus name we pray.

Study by John Armstrong

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One Response to “14th December 2011”

  1. John Rodgers on December 14th, 2011 8:48 pm

    Thank you John for a very positive day by day. It is so enlightening at a time when all we hear from the media is climate change and how the efforts of man can prevent it. You have shown how God shows His love to us here and now on this earth. I think that because most people especially in the Western world are so far removed from the land and what it produces that they never think of God. Also as the theory goes that everything came about by chance then what grows and is mined is only there by chance. Well we could go on and on but thank you again for having the courage to say it as it is. John

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