God Sends Snow To Houston

“God thunders with His voice wondrously,
Doing great things which we cannot comprehend.
“For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth…’ – Job 37:5-6

The snowfall that brought the Bayou City to a standstill (we all stopped and stared with incredulity) today was not of biblical proportions.

Nor was it enough to inspire Thomas Kinkade to paint another St. Nicholas’ Circle,
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Yet it was pretty exciting to see snow falling from the heavens.

According to this story, this only marks the second time in the last 113 years that H-town gets snow this early (the other being on Dec. 10, 1944).

Imagine what would happen if humans weren’t contributing to global warming.

The possibilities are em, chilling indeed.

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Child is spared from Moloch’s Altar

Our culture tends to downplay the reality of sin, if it even acknowledges it at all. Sin has been a terribly integral part of the human experience almost as long as we’ve been on this planet, but it seems that at no other time in history has the reality of it been as questioned or downplayed as the present.

For example, when one commits adultery one has an “affair”. Greed is now the pursuit of the bottom line. Exploitation of laborers is smart business practice. Murder is now about “choice” or the “termination of a pregnancy”. Homosexuality is “sexual preference”, while fornication is about “taking the car out for a test drive”. A moment of frankness will reveal that Christians will buy into this mentality though we should know better.

In this story, Baby Miraculously Survives Abortion, Expected to Live ‘Normal’ Life, a child’s life was spared from death, a death requested by his own mother.

God indeed is merciful and has spared this poor child, why He chose to spare him and not the countless other children who have died at the altar of Moloch “choice” is something which we can surely ask Him if we so choose.

But pause must be taken to reflect on the fact that He sovereignly works out everything for His infinitely wise and perfect purpose. Perhaps further meditative reflection on His response to Job is warranted.

The following excerpt from the story reveals the reality of human depravity more than we’d like to admit (emphasis mine),

“I was on the (birth control pill) when I became pregnant,” Percival, 25, said. “Deciding to terminate at eight weeks was just utterly horrible but I couldn’t cope with the anguish of losing another baby.”

A short time after the abortion, Percival felt a fluttering in her stomach. She went to the doctor for a scan and discovered she was 19 weeks pregnant.

“I couldn’t believe it,’ Percival said. “This was the baby I thought I’d terminated. At first I was angry that this was happening to us, that the procedure had failed. I wrote to the hospital, I couldn’t believe that they had let me down like this.

“They wrote back and apologized and said it was very rare,” she added.

God’s Response to the Problem of Pain

The following cartoon was drawn by Ken Catalino whose work is featured at Townhall,

It probably refers to the current devastation in Myanmar (though it could equally apply to the ’05 tsunami or Hurricane Katrina). Not sure who the angel is supposed to be, but the artist makes it evident that he is questioning God.

I understand that such events that affect so many always raise important questions about the goodness of God. The questions basically take the form of, “How can a loving God ______?

CS Lewis called it the “problem of pain” and wrote a brilliant treatment of it in his book “The Problem of Pain.”

While the book is very good and I enjoyed it immensely, but because it is solely a human product (unlike Scripture) it cannot supplant God’s own response to the paradigm of human suffering, Job.

Job spends most of the book named after him trying to understand why he has suffered so. He lost his children, his property, his health and even his friends try to provide him with easy answers.

Yet God’s response to Job’s questioning is truly one of the most majestic and humbling portions in all of Scripture,

Then the LORD answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding…

Click here to read the rest of God’s response as well as Job’s reaction.