The Ice Storm

“He gives snow like wool; he scatters hoarfrost like ashes. He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs; who can stand before his cold?” (Psalm 147:16-17)

In nature we are constantly being reminded of the awesome power of God. Even the small, seemingly harmless crystal of frost is subject to His divine will. At God’s command, the countless billions of frozen particles combine to form an icy world in which we are often brought face to face with our powerlessness. We scurry to shield ourselves from nature’s blast for “…who can stand before his cold?”

Interestingly, the psalmist calls it God’s cold (“his cold”). While humans endeavor to determine the source of things, ultimately they must acknowledge that nature’s elements are at the disposal only of the One by whose Word they exist. In His time and for His reasons, God sends the snow, the frost, and the ice. When their effects are felt, we must bear them patiently acknowledging the sovereignty of God with thankful hearts for His provision and the many blessings by which we are sustained.

Then, again in God’s time, “He sends out his word, and melts them; he makes his wind blow and the waters flow” (v. 18).

In the same way, as the wind of the Holy Spirit blows upon our icy hearts, the end of our trial is as sure as summer. To God be the glory!

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