- Job 37:1-24 (ESV)
Friday night as we approached this second Sunday of Advent, a pre-Christmas cold front finally made its way across North Florida. We were expecting it, but it came with heavy fog and misty rain as the change created moisture when the warm air was enveloped by cold. Early yesterday morning, we bundled up and sat on our front porch, peering through the darkness and enjoying the crisp air while listening to the sounds of our outdoor dogs, roosters, some distant cattle and the horses recognizing the change as well.
Suddenly, a bright light filled the fog and the darkness followed a few seconds later by a loud boom. It was thunder, thunder in the early morning darkness with a temperature of forty and dropping. It surprised us and made us think about the huge difference in climactic conditions that caused the natural reaction.
I thought about it for a moment and then realized that it is just one more way that God speaks to us. He uses nature and all of its power and glory to spread his message and sometimes He is just reminding us of that power and glory. If we just take time to remember how powerful and magnanimous He can be, we can take great comfort if we only believe. For God wants us to live with free will, but He wants us to use the free will for His purposes, not for our selfish desires. And when we do, we will find that those purposes will fill us with a warmth and joy that can surpass anything our own selfish wants can provide. They are shallow and He is deep, full of love, forgiveness and salvation to any and all who follow His way and celebrate the birth of the Christ Child at Christmastime, believing the message that it brings.
So, listen for God's meaning to the wonders and power of His nature in action and use them to renew and strengthen your faith, for they are a prime way for Him to present his message, if only we open our hearts.
Dear Lord, We thank you for the wonders, beauty and power of nature which God has given us. Help us to use it to reinforce our faith when we falter and to strengthen it always as we celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, both man and God and what He offers to us through His life. We ask in Jesus' name, Amen.