Posted by: BibleScienceGuy | February 14, 2018

Kepler Ponders Snow

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Kepler
Cavorting in Snow

Woof! Woof!
This is Kepler, Master’s Jack Russell terrier, writing another article for Master’s Bible-Science Guy Blog.

Last weekend we got snowed in with over a foot of snow! I had completely forgotten how great snow is until I got out in it to smell, taste, and frolic.

I chatted about the new snow with my buddy Henry, a Silky Terrier whom we adopted several years ago:
Kepler: “Look at all the snow filling the air, Henry. We can’t even see the next house.”
Henry: “What does it taste like? Will it sting my tongue? Where’s the grass? How can I go potty?”
Kepler: “Hey, look! A black squirrel is running across the snow in our yard. That’s a No-No!”
Henry: “Should we go out and catch Mr. Squirrel?”
Kepler: “Well, we have to do something. I don’t permit tree rats in our yard.”
Henry: “But is it safe to go out there? It looks too cold. How deep is the snow? Will we sink in and get lost? Will we freeze to death?”

Then suddenly the decision was taken out of our hands. Before I quite realized what was happening, Missus had us hooked up to tethers while we were gazing out the glass door. Then she shooed us out into the snow and cold to do our business.

I started to ask why we had to go out into the cold when Master gets to do his business in the warm house, but Missus had already slid the glass door shut.

But as it turned out, I didn’t mind the snow. I got rid of Mr. Squirrel, and I loved cavorting in the snow . . . for a little while; then I wanted to get back in the warm house.

It took us several days to shovel out our long driveway. That didn’t really matter, because our street was unplowed for even longer, so we couldn’t go anywhere anyway.

Master shoveled a path to our big woodpile at the back of our lot to bring in firewood. He said it reminded him of pioneer days.

Origin of Snow

The snow was amazing. All of a sudden, while I was watching, snow just started falling out of the sky . I looked up and there were millions upon millions of snowflakes coming down and filling our yard. I wondered, “Where do all the snowflakes come from?” I had no idea, so I asked Master.

Master explained some stuff about atmospheric water and temperature which I didn’t understand. And then he finished by saying snowstorms ultimately come from Yahweh and are under His sovereign control. He showed me these Bible passages which credit Yahweh with sending snow:
God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’
And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’
(Job 37:5-6)

He sends forth His command to the earth;
His word runs very swiftly.
He gives snow like wool;
He scatters the frost like ashes.
He casts forth His ice as fragments;
Who can stand before His cold?
(Psalm 147:15-17)

Kepler
Tasting Snow

Snowstorm Theology

We did not experience any difficulty from this snowstorm other than inconvenience. But snowstorms sometimes stagger people with destruction, suffering, and death.

I wondered about the reason for such catastrophes. So I asked Master. And he told me — more than I ever wanted to know. Here is what he said.

Does an all-powerful, loving God intentionally send snowstorms as well as hurricanes, earthquakes, and tsunamis? Or does the Ruler of the Universe just wish such catastrophes didn’t happen? Biblical response to disaster includes compassion and assistance along with the truth that the Great Creator, Ruler, and Sustainer of the universe controls even destructive weather (Isaiah 45:7).

Why do catastrophes happen? The reason is sin — we live in a broken world (Genesis 3:16-19; Romans 8:20-22).

Yahweh uses weather to grab man’s attention (2 Chronicles 7:13-14; Amos 4:7-8). Sometimes weather and morality are directly connected — as vividly demonstrated by Noah’s Flood (Genesis 6). The same lesson in reverse (drought instead of flood) was delivered to Israel’s King Ahab 1650 years later (1 Kings 16:30-18:46). Noah’s Flood and Ahab’s Drought were both weather-delivered divine moral judgments from the Great Creator.

The God who “hurled a great wind on the sea
to drive Jonah to repentance controls all
creation — from sparrow deaths,
to snowstorms, to rulers’ rise and fall.

God has a clear purpose for catastrophes. How did Jesus answer when asked about tragedy? His astounding answer was that catastrophes — like the Siloam Tower collapse killing eighteen and Pilate’s Galilean massacre — are warnings to repent. When asked about those tragedies, Jesus said,
“Unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.” (See Luke 13:1-5).
The proper response to calamity is repentance.

Most people waste catastrophes—they miss God’s message. Either they babble nonsense about the power of “Mother Nature,” or they curse God and refuse to repent (Revelation 16:9,11,21).

Why expect good weather? If everything developed via random evolutionary processes, catastrophic weather should be the norm.

Expectations of good weather presuppose a benevolent weather Controller. Do we thank God for good weather? The God who “hurled a great wind on the sea” to drive Jonah to repentance orchestrates all weather (Jonah 1:4; Psalm 107:29; Zechariah 10:1).

God controls all creation, from sparrow deaths (Matthew 10:29), to storm paths (Job 37:9-13), to rulers’ rise and fall (Isaiah 40:23-24; Daniel 2:21,37-38,44; 4:17,32). Storms are God’s “merciful megaphones” to get man’s attention. The crucial message of every calamity is “Repent and follow Christ.”

Kepler
Frolicking in the Snow

What Snowstorms Cannot Destroy

People scramble to safeguard life and property against storms, but neglect the essential preparation — repentance for sin and commitment to Jesus Christ. Eventually life and property will be destroyed anyway (Hebrews 9:27; 2 Peter 3:7,10-12).

Extreme winter weather seals the hand of every man (prevents ordinary business and work) for the purpose that all men may know His work (Job 37:5-7). Remember this verse when snow causes inconvenience and cancellations. Instead of bemoaning the snow and ice, praise Yahweh for His glory, majesty, power, and great deeds. He alone can send a snow storm and decorate trees with snow.

Prepare for life’s storms by turning to Jesus Christ. The gain is eternal life which storms cannot destroy. The greatest tragedy of history, the Crucifixion, provided reconciliation with God. Christ died for Master’s sins and gave him eternal life. Why should we fear storms or mourn misplaced bones I buried?

Till next time, this is Kepler signing off. Woof! Woof!

Questions to Ponder

1. What one-sentence testimony can you formulate to honor the Great Creator next time your area has a big storm?
2. Have you made the one essential preparation for life’s storms?

Share your thoughts on these questions in the comments below. It could encourage or help another reader.

Soli Deo Gloria.

This is the 29th article in a series of blog posts on a precocious Jack Russell terrier named Kepler. Numbers 1-8 are by Kepler’s master, the BibleScienceGuy. Numbers 9-30 are by Kepler himself.
Read the prequels:
1. Why I Named Our Puppy “Kepler”
2. Kepler’s Kind
3. Kepler’s Lopsided Trade
4. Kepler’s Amazing Nose
5. Kepler’s Business Card
6. Kepler & the Psycho Squirrel
(with video)
7. Taunting Kepler
8. Adam and Puppies

The following posts are by Kepler:
9. Who Taught Kepler?
10. Kepler Gets a Buddy
(with video)
11. Kepler Chases a Squirrel (with video)
12. Kepler’s Complaint
13. Kepler’s To-Do List
14. Kepler and the Football Weekend
15. Kepler’s Favorite Store
16. Kepler at a Truck Stop
17. Kepler & Henry Catch a Squirrel
18. Kepler Finds Killdeer Eggs
19. Kepler Finds Robin Eggs
20. Kepler Lives to Tell the Tale
21. Kepler, Bears, & Raccoons
22. Kepler Mentors Henry
23. Kepler Gets a Bear
24. Kepler Finds Strange Eggs
25. Kepler Finds Duck Eggs
26. Kepler Gives Thanks
27. Kepler’s Newest Enemy
28. Kepler Loves Bulldogs

Read the sequel:
30. Kepler Wants to Move to Australia

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“contending earnestly for the faith”
“destroying speculations against the knowledge of God”
“for the defense of the gospel”
(Jude 1:3; 2 Cor 10:5; Phil 1:16)
Wednesday February 14, 2018 A.D.

But now ask the beasts, and let them teach you;
And the birds of the heavens, and let them tell you.
Or speak to the earth, and let it teach you;
And let the fish of the sea declare to you.
Who among all these does not know
That the hand of the LORD has done this,
In whose hand is the life of every living thing,
And the breath of all mankind?
(Job 12:7-10)


Responses

  1. Kepler, as a puppy, was known as the thinker, of the litter. It seems he is in exactly the right home to stimulate and use his thinking attitude to help explain Biblical writings. I liked the explanation of catastrophes and that as believers we need to remember the need to repent.
    Thank you.

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