In my first book, “Unlocking Creation: God’s True Nature Revealed,” in a section where I talked about questioning God, I said it is nothing to be ashamed of…if at times you find yourself saying, “Why, Lord? I don’t understand.” If we are honest, I believe most of us have questions. Whether you consider yourself a believer or not, sooner or later we all have to come to grips with the fact that God’s ways are higher than ours. Sometimes the things He does, or the things He seems to allow (even though we know they are displeasing to Him) defy logic, at least in our limited and often self-serving brains.
But, to those who have come to know God intimately, it is simply a matter of faith, a matter of trust to realize that He always has a great reason. Maybe we just haven’t been able to see it yet and maybe we never will, in this life anyway. The Apostle Paul wrote that, “We all know in part…but when the perfect comes, the partial will be be done away with.” So, I guess I shouldn’t feel bad that all my questions haven’t been answered yet. I got a feeling that I am not alone in that. But, I look forward to the day when “the perfect” comes, Paul was of course referring to the Lord Jesus, and what a glorious day that will be. With His coming, among many other amazing things, our deepest questions will all be answered. Praise God.
But going back to our own probing questions for second, I mentioned in the book that the one that has has always been at the top of my list of questions for God is, “Why Snow, Lord?” I mean, really, on God’s green earth (which totally gets covered up by the stuff when it falls…as it is at our house tonight), what purpose does it serve? It makes it hard to get from one place to another. Children don’t get to go to school on those days (and I know they are sad about that!!). Just to go to the mailbox, we have to put on layers and layers of clothing, a warm hat and gloves (and end up looking like the little kid in “Christmas Story” who fell over and had so many layers on, he couldn’t get up). Ok, I am having a little fun with it all here, but honestly, if it never showed again…in my mind it would be too soon.
(Image was taken in Erie Pa…around Christmas 2017. They received around 60 inches of snow in less than a week. And I thought those of us in Cleveland had it bad…yikes!!)
So a few weeks back, a good friend of mine sent me this reading out of Charles Spurgeon’s well-known “Morning and Evening” daily devotional. This was the morning reading for December 1st. And on a snowy night like this it seems quite appropriate, so I felt I should share it with you all.
My hope is that a little godly wisdom from one of the most beloved Christian preachers and teachers of all time would bring a little warmth to your heart, if not your bones:
My soul begin this wintry month with thy God. The cold snows and the piercing winds all remind thee that he keeps his covenant with day and night, and tend to assure thee that he will also keep that glorious covenant which he has made with thee in the person of Christ Jesus. He who is true to his Word in the revolutions of the seasons of this poor sin-polluted world, and will not prove unfaithful in his dealings with his own well-beloved Son.
Winter in the soul is by no means a comfortable season, and if it be upon thee just now it will be very painful to thee: but there is this comfort, namely, that the Lord makes it. He sends the sharp blasts of adversity to nip the buds of expectation: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes over the once verdant meadows of our joy: he casteth forth his ice like morsels freezing the streams of our delight. He does it all, he is the great Winter King, and rules in the realms of frost, and therefore thou canst not murmur. Losses, crosses, heaviness, sickness, poverty, and a thousand other ills, are of the Lord’s sending, and come to us with wise design. Frosts kill noxious insects, and put a bound to raging diseases; they break up the clods, and sweeten the soul. O that such good results would always follow our winters of affliction!
How we prize the fire just now! how pleasant is its cheerful glow! Let us in the same manner prize our Lord, who is the constant source of warmth and comfort in every time of trouble. Let us draw nigh to him, and in him find joy and peace in believing. Let us wrap ourselves in the warm garments of his promises, and go forth to labours which befit the season, for it were ill to be as the sluggard who will not plough by reason of the cold; for he shall beg in summer and have nothing.
Charles H. Spurgeon
Maybe that is why CHS is considered one of the greatest preachers of all time. He can take a blizzard and make it sound like a blessing…and, of course, it is a blessing and what do you know…there are some godly and helpful purposes that snow fulfills. He talks about how it kills of noxious insects and limits the ability of diseases to take hold and that is good. Then, of course, there is the fact that after a snowy winter, an early spring thaw allows a large amount of water to saturate the soil, thereby helping the ground to be ready for a plentiful growing season. And again, that is not a bad thing unless you have to drive in the stuff long distances to get to work, or you are the one responsible for delivering the mail.
But thanks be to Brother Spurgeon for pointing out that the chilling cold and snow also serve to remind us that God’s promises do not take the winter off and head to Florida.
No, God’s grace is there to help us through whatever life brings us..in the good seasons and the bad.
And as he said, it is not just a matter of enduring inclement weather, the same is also true of God’s grace and promises regarding the seasons of our souls. He is with us no matter what.
Special thanks to my dear brother and spiritual father, George Loper, for sending me this timely nugget of God’s wisdom and grace.
Stay safe…and keep warm!!!
(Author of “Unlocking Creation” and “The Red Letter Parables”)