Suffering, Snow, & Sovereignty


The Lord asks of Job, “Have you entered the storehouses of the snow . . . which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war?” (Job 38:22-23)

Job is reminded that what is visibly apparent in snow is not the whole story of snow – there’s more! Putting aside the scientific data of what we know about snow that Job did not, we remain in awe of the fluffy white stuff that you can roll up in a ball, or watch it pile up flake by flake on 60 ft. oak tree and snap it in half. Snow has a hundred reasons why it captures our interest. But basically, God had one reason for asking this unanswerable question: you got it – it’s unanswerable, and yet you’re looking at it, touching it, tasting it, feeling it, and listening to it as it falls quietly at night. If it’s impossible to fully discern what you’re looking at, how much more then is it impossible to discern the connections of God’s ways that you cannot see?

The logic from our Creator is this:

“If you can’t figure snow out fully with your earthly senses, then you can’t possibly think that your thoughts about Me and my ways are spot-on; I’m bigger than that. In fact, one day I’m going to put on such a display of suffering and sovereignty that no one should ever doubt again that I am capable of doing you good through your personal suffering. One day, I’m going to send my own son to suffer – and it will be the most perfect display of my character. Dear suffering child of mine, I know how to hold on to you while you suffer under my hand and I know how to humiliate the devil at the same time. I know how to refine you and I know how to do all of this and remain just. It’s who I AM. Trust me, and look to the Cross of Christ . . . and enjoy the snow today – I made it for my pleasure and for your encouragement!”

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