There is probably no better study on the sovereignty of God than the book of Job
There is probably no better practical reminder of the sovereignty of God than being subject to the weather
And there is probably no better personal study of the sovereignty of God than being snowed in
This might seem like a mean point to make as your entire family is probably melting down from cabin fever, you may have experienced some financial impact from not being able to work, or your plans have been affected greatly by our weather, but I guarantee you my intent is not to poke at your discomfort and make fun -- it is to try and grow your trust in God.
A Clear Example
Toward the end of the book of Job, after Job has lost almost everything and participated in a very agonizing question/answer session about God with his very unhelpful friends, God finally speaks to him.
In a very direct, blunt way God questions the assumptions made about him in the previous chapters of the book. Among the many queries, he asks Job:
“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail, which I have reserved for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war? What is the way to the place where the light is distributed, or where the east wind is scattered upon the earth?” – Job 38:22-24
Job’s answer is obviously no and that he doesn’t know, and after some more questioning by God about the very stark differences between God and man, Job responds to God’s thorough examination:
“I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” – Job 42:3b
After a clear and resounding schooling on the differences that make God not like us, Job, in humility and repentance, comes to a realization that when God is at work in all things, especially the things outside of our control, his works are not measured by our extremely limited understanding of our own situation.
If the point is simply left there, we would still be concerned for our lives in the face of this awesomely powerful God. But it’s not, because our God, with all of his power and sovereignty, is not an unknowable, moody, bipolar being. He’s shown his character again and again, and demonstrated he is not only trustworthy, but is good in all of his ways, using his sovereignty to bring about good for his people.
And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. – Romans 8:28
Snow For Our Good
All things work together for our good; not just the wholesome stuff like: friendships, promotions, pay-grade bumps, vacations, and sunshine, but: trials, suffering, pain, relationship breakdowns, conflict, and snow; yes even the snow.
As frustrating as the snow might be for some of us, it serves as a reminder that we are not God. The illusion of control we try to live our lives under is not the reality. Everything we receive, the good and the bad, is given to us and is being weaved together for our good by our God who loves us.
In light of God’s love for us, consider how his sovereign hand over this snow that has you and your family cooped up, might be an invitation into a greater trust of him, knowledge of him, study of him, enjoyment of him, and reliance on him for all your needs.
This snow is not purposeless. It is full of goodness that our God has given us as an opportunity to trust his sovereignty more.