It’s February and a deep freeze has engulfed the eastern region of the United States. Temperatures are sub-zero in some parts of the country; at least a dozen states are dealing with the after-effects of a wintry mix of freezing rain, sleet, snow and hail.

I found a description of wintry weather in the Bible, which quite ably captures the omnipotent (all-powerful) character of God:

Psalm 147:16: “He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes. He casteth forth his ice like morsels: who can stand before his cold?IMG_0878

Scientists (specifically meteorologists) analyze the formation and direction of climate patterns depicted on the earth’s globe and will generate their forecast predictions based upon this information. I don’t doubt their expertise, but ultimately, every representative of frozen precipitation (snowflake, hailstone, frost) is divinely directed.

The verse continues with this observation: “…He sendeth out his word, and melteth them: he causeth his wind to blow, and the waters flow.” God speaks to His creation and it responds. There is an effect when God’s Word has been spoken.

Jeremiah 23:29 has a similar cause and effect scenario: “Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces?” A fire certainly catches our attention, doesn’t it? What begins as a spark, can quickly escalate into a roaring blaze! The heat given off can be warm and soothing–if it’s the right proportion.

Both the rock that has been hammered into pieces and the object burned by the fire, have been altered. God’s Word changes us, producing a result that is quite unlike the original. God’s Word is powerful and life-changing, not just concerning the icy precipitation that He has spoken into existence, but it will reach a hardened, cold heart and change it forever.