Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Morning Manna by Rufus Parker - 2017 January 4

“Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail” (Job 38:22)

Today’s Morsel:  This week in history, Alaska became the 49th state of the United States of America. Alaska, northwest of Canada, is the largest and most sparsely populated U.S. state.  It's known for its diverse terrain of open spaces, mountains and forests, with abundant wildlife and many small towns.  It’s a destination for outdoor activities like skiing, mountain biking and kayaking.  It gets an average of 79 inches of snow fall on Anchorage every year.  But Talkeetna, only two hours north, gets considerably more snow due to the higher elevation, and Alyeska, just an hour from Anchorage, receives an average of 178 inches annually!  It has been stated that every snow flake is different and yet God in His awesome wisdom makes it all.  The Lord asked Job, “Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow?”  Snow here is represented as something which is laid up like treasure, and kept in reserve for use when God shall require it.  Silver and gold were thus laid up for occasions when they would be wanted, and the figurative sentiment here is that snow and hail were thus preserved for the use to which the Almighty might devote them, or for those great occasions when it would be proper to bring them forth to execute His purposes. What is His purpose?  He told Isaiah, “For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater: So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it” (Isaiah 55:10-11).  Don’t complain about the snow, for without it and rain we don’t eat.  God has a purpose for everything.

Sing: He is fairer than the lily of the valley, He is brighter than the morning star, He is pure than the snow, fresher than the breeze, lovely than all of these. 

Thought For Today:  Don’t complain about the snow it has a purpose (Parker).

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