Weather and the Glory of God

Years ago, I read a devotional post by John Piper called “The Great Work of God: Rain” (you should read that post more than this one). In that post, Piper took time to think in depth about how wonderful it is that God designed rain. It is an amazing thing when we consider the great weight of water that is moved from place to place as the Lord cares for the land.

 

Truly, we do not give God the glory he deserves for the weather. We like to fuss about the weather when it is too hot, too cold, too wet, too dry, too foggy, or whatever. But we seldom remember that God tells us that these things are reminders of his power and glory.

 

Psalm 147:15-18

 

15 He sends out his command to the earth;

his word runs swiftly.

16 He gives snow like wool;

he scatters hoarfrost like ashes.

17 He hurls down his crystals of ice like crumbs;

who can stand before his cold?

18 He sends out his word, and melts them;

he makes his wind blow and the waters flow.

 

 

God sends out things that we take for granted. Why do we do so? Perhaps we ignore the glory of God in weather because we see it so often. Perhaps we ignore the glory of God because we think we can explain it. But, should it be true that, if we know how the work is done, it is somehow less miraculous? While we might understand evaporation or coalescence, does that mean we have the ability to make it happen at our will? While we may grasp the crystallization process that makes snow, does that make snow not wonderful and beautiful? While we may be able, with time and resources, to build homes that keep us warm, does that make the cold any less sobering?

 

In Psalm 147, God clearly wanted the simple elements of the weather, snow and wind and rain and the like, to call us to praise him. Sun and clouds, snow and ice, water falling from the sky, all of these are reminders that we live in a world that is bigger than us, stronger than us, greater than us. All of these are a testimony to the greatness of the God who made us. Let us give him proper praise as we see his glory in the weather.