Big Time Weather Forecast
With winter weather upon us, I have a question: How many times do you check the weather forecast in the course of a day?
People have always been concerned about the weather, but greater access to meteorological data has turned an interest into an obsession. Our local news stations are aware of our need. That’s why they repeat the weather forecast at least three times, in various ways, during a single broadcast. Add to this the Weather Channel, weather apps and weather notifications, and it’s no wonder the current temperature and chances of rain are two pieces of information we don’t want to live without.
With this said, there is one truth regarding the weather that has remained largely constant for thousands of years. Humans can predict the weather with some accuracy, but they don’t create it. I realize clouds can be seeded to stimulate precipitation, and man-made pollution impacts weather patterns. But, until a human replicates a storm front or stirs up a tropical depression from scratch, I will echo the phrase often attributed to Mark Twain: “Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.”
This doesn’t mean our environment is out of control. It just highlights the fact we are not in control. But we know who is.
God is still in charge of the weather. To prove my point, I want to make you aware of the forecast He made thousands of years ago, which has been 100% accurate since it was issued. The forecast following the great flood was as follows:
“As long as the earth endures, seed-time and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease.” Genesis 8:22
All of these things came to pass and continue to this day. I write this as the sun descends toward the horizon, bringing another day to completion.
Please don’t interpret this to mean we should throw up our hands when it comes to global environmental concerns that are influenced by man. I believe God has given us dominion over the earth, which means we have a responsibility to carefully steward what we have been given; for ourselves, for the benefit of future generations and as a way of honoring our Creator.
What it does mean, though, is that God should factor heavily in any perspective we have about the weather. No, we should not ignore science. If the weatherman tells us to seek shelter, then by all means we should do what he says.
However, we should also ask whether or not we have adequately sought the Lord’s counsel. I am not saying we should pray about whether or not to seek shelter from an impending storm. God gave us a brain for a reason!
But have we asked God to help us steward what He has made? Do we still believe He can alter the course of nature if He chooses?
At the very least, do we still stare in wonder at our world’s complexity and it’s ability to moderate millions of factors at once? Observing, researching and predicting the weather is what man does. Keeping it all in motion is what God does.
The next time snow blankets the ground, don’t praise Mother Nature. Praise the Lord for His faithful, timeless prediction in the time of Noah. Don’t worry. I’m not going to call you out for referring to Mother Nature as long as you realize she isn’t real.
And anyway, in defense of mothers everywhere, why is it we almost never talk about Mother Nature on a pretty day? She is always responsible for storms that bring disaster.
Seek shelter in the storm.
Pay attention to your notifications.
But put your full trust in the ultimate Weatherman.
I’m referring to the Weatherman who started the planets spinning. You will see some of His handiwork tomorrow when the sun rises and the moon disappears.
So it has been since the beginning.
So it will be until the end.