For Lord’s Day, December 23, 2012
It’s been raining a lot lately. Or, rather, as B.B. Warfield tells us the Jews would observe and comment on the weather, let me say, “God has sent us a lot of rain lately.”
I want to encourage you to see the mists and showers as coming right out of God’s providential hand, for they are. But also, I want to encourage you not to miss the trees for the forest (if you’ll pardon my mixed metaphor going in reverse).
Calvin writes: “Not one drop of rain falls without God’s sure command.” (Book 1, Chapter 16, Sec. 5).
May you hone in on a single drop of rain as best you can the next time God sends rain; perhaps by watching drops slip from their collective pools on eaves or tree branches. Or, listen to hear their rhythmic patter into puddles below. And when you do, recognize God’s handiwork in every moment and movement of life; not only the massive, but also the minute.
Admire God’s active sustaining of His creation with a new sense of awe in seeing that, as Calvin also writes, ” … providence is lodged in the act …” (Book 1, Chapter 16, Sec. 4).