Saturday, January 21, 2012

Summer and Winter

 9We see not our signs: there is no more any prophet: neither is there among us any that knoweth how long.
 10O God, how long shall the adversary reproach? shall the enemy blaspheme thy name for ever?
 11Why withdrawest thou thy hand, even thy right hand? pluck it out of thy bosom.
 12For God is my King of old, working salvation in the midst of the earth.
 13Thou didst divide the sea by thy strength: thou brakest the heads of the dragons in the waters.
 14Thou brakest the heads of leviathan in pieces, and gavest him to be meat to the people inhabiting the wilderness.
 15Thou didst cleave the fountain and the flood: thou driedst up mighty rivers.
 16The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun.
 17Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter. 

Summer and Winter
What do summer and winter have to do with the Lord? In our day of having scientific explanations for every phenomenon that occurs, we have lost the perspective that Asaph had when he penned this psalm. 

Asaph was weary! There seemed to be no end to the wickedness that surrounded him, at a time when the Godly had all but vanished from the earth. How long would this continue? There was not even a Godly prophet who could inquire of the Lord. Truly God had withheld His hand of blessing from the few righteous who remained.

Yet Asaph drew encouragement from summer and winter! When he began to think through the amazing attributes of God, He began to see how little were his own problems and difficulties. 

After all, he served a God who divided the sea by His strength, broke the heads of dragons in the waters, broke the head of the leviathan, gave food to the Israelites in the wilderness, broke open the fountain and the flood, and dried up the mighty rivers. Every day and night belonged to God who created the light and the sun, defined the borders of the lands of the earth, and made summer and winter.

It is good for us to learn from Asaph's example. Often our world becomes very small as we seem to be overcome by our own difficulties and problems. Yet the world is a much bigger place! God, who created this world, and keeps the planets in their courses, has a vested interest in the lives of each one of His children. He cares about even the little details of our lives; no problem exists that He cannot solve.

So, when live seems to overwhelm us, let us remember summer and winter. The God who created and maintains the seasons is there to keep us from all evil and guide us along His paths of light.

God Bless You,

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