December 28

Psalm 147:12-17

“He gives snow like wool; he scatters frost like ashes. He hurls down hail like crumbs— who can stand before his cold?” vss. 16-17

It’s almost as though the psalmist is offering this song of praise from Minneapolis instead of Jerusalem, but evidently winters could be tough there too! He wants his readers to know that they have it good, and even cold, snowy weather should be seen as a gift from God. His point is plain! All things have their origin in the Lord and there are no exceptions. In recent years there has been a lot of talk about weather and climate change with some saying that global warming is a product of environmental damage caused by humans. Others say that the trends are a part of a natural cycle of warming and cooling that has been around for millenia. Obviously one of the reasons that humans have prospered on the earth has been the relative stability of weather patterns through thousands of years. Everything in nature is precisely the way it needs to be for humans to exist, and that’s certainly a reason for us to give God thanks and praise. And it’s also true that we have developed the means to screw up this good and perfect gift–and we can’t even guess what the consequences of that may be. Genesis says that it’s our job to take care of the earth–and that means paying attention to the climate. It won’t be good for anyone if it stops snowing in Minnesota!

Thought for the Day: What will happen as climate change continues?

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