Just like predicting the weather

Here in NYC we are debating the coming snow storm wondering if public schools will be canceled. Turns out many private and charter schools have already given up and announced cancellations. However the Public schools remain open so far. Why? To put it simply they don’t want to take action until they know for sure the weather will make it impossible to keep schools open.

The weather is an act of God. We know He is in control. We accept that the weather services can be wrong, even though they base all of their prognostication on reliable data and sound scientific predictors. Even with the greatest minds in science testing and observing we know they can be wrong. We understand the limits of the human mind and all the instruments we can use. In the end we are limited and God is not.

Perhaps we ought to apply this thinking to the rest of our lives. Sometimes we look at the observable data in our lives and make decisions rather quickly without considering God. We determine we have studied the situation, we have gathered all the advice necessary and we can reasonable determine what will happen next depending on the actions we take. Now we are ready to make a decision. Yet everything we have determined and all of our predictions can be 100% wrong just like the weather. God is the only one who knows, with 100% certainty, what will happen and what the best decision is.

The Israelites, like weather men, gathered information when they were approaching the promise land. The data they discovered was scary. Twelve men were sent to do this job. (Numbers 13: 19-20)

Sure enough they came back with their report. They described the strength of the people, giants and mighty fortresses. (Number s 13:27-28) They also brought their own informed and educated analysis. “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.”(Numbers 13:31)

The people had heard enough. They were prepared to make a well informed decision. They decided to choose a captain that could lead them back to Egypt and enslavement. (Numbers 14:1-4) They gave up the dream of the promise land. They gave no consideration to what God had been telling them all along, that regardless of how impossible the situation appeared, all they had to do was believe in Him, obey Him and take action with faith, instead of depending on the “weather report.” They did not see the promise land.

We need to remember that even when it looks like rain and everybody says it’s going to rain, God has the final word. The situation may seem impossible but with God all things are possible. (Matthew 19:26) Instead of a storm it may just be a sunny day.

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