843 Acres: The Mask of the Weather

by Bethany

M’Cheyne: Lev 16 (text, audio, 6:06 min)
and Ps 19 (text | audio, 1:41 min)
Highlighted: Ps 19:1-2

Spring: On February 2, 2013, Punxsutawney Phil was roused from his slumber and asked, Will there be an early spring? He confirmed that there would be. Now, however, after a long winter, a county prosecutor in Ohio has indicted Phil for “misrepresenting an early spring” [1]. Mike Gmoser said, “I woke up and the wind was howling, the snow was flying, and I said to myself, ‘Phil, you let us down.’ It popped into my head that this must be criminal in some way. Punxsutawney, here I come.” Gmoser is seeking the death penalty.

Weather: The Lord—not Punxsutawney Phil—controls the weather. Some people may look to weather forecasters to predict the weather, but no one looks to them to create it. In the Bible, there is no doubt that God is the one in charge of the snow, wind, rain and sun. As David sings in Psalm 19, the weather is a “mask of God” that declares who he is: “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky aboveproclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge” [2].

Sovereign: The weather, therefore, is the handiwork of God. He chooses the weather—even the snow and rain—to declare his glory, pour out his speech and reveal his knowledge. Notwithstanding humanity’s contribution to global warming, the Lord is sovereign over all creation. As he told Job, “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail? … Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven? … Can you lift up your voice to the clouds, that a flood of waters may cover you? Can you send forth lightnings, that they may go and say to you, ‘Here we are’?”

Prayer: Lord, Forgive us for speaking loosely about the weather, which is your handiwork. May our lips praise you for how you have concealed your work in the heavens, the sky, the day and the night. Open our eyes to see your glory in nature—even when there is “bad” weather. May we praise you for your mighty sovereign hand. Amen.

M’Cheyne Weekend Texts (our reading plan)

Sat, Apr 13: Lev 17 (text | audio, 2:44 min) & Ps 20 (text | audio, 0:56 min) & Ps 21 (text | audio, 1:27 min)
Sun, Apr 14: Lev 18 (text | audio, 3:49 min) & Ps 22 (text | audio, 3:27 min)

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Footnotes

[1] Cassandra Garrison. “Lawyer Sues Groundhog Punxsutawney Phil, Seeks Death Penalty for Being Dirty Liar.” Metro. March 22, 2013. | [2] Psalm 19:1-2 ESV

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