Several thousand years ago, Yahweh upset the ecosystem to such an extent [Genesis 7:11] it rained dramatically and relentlessly for almost seven weeks: the only survivors being those in the custom-made ark [vv.21-23]! When it was over, Yahweh remembered Noah and his family and ‘re-set’ His creation [8:1-14], which then went quietly about the process of restoration, and it took time. When order was reinstated Yahweh made a promise: “As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, and day and night will not cease” [8:22]. Weather is important in our world! No wonder we British folk are a bit obsessed by it!
The more we find out about the ecosystems of this planet, the more we understand Yahweh’s plans and the value of every detail. Through Isaiah, He gave us a beautiful picture of weather at work: “rain and snow fall from heaven and do not return there without saturating the earth and making it germinate and sprout, and providing seed to sow and food to eat…” [Isaiah 55:10]. Everything has its place!
Yahweh’s thought about the weather concludes: “so my word that comes from my mouth will not return to me empty, but it will accomplish what I please and will prosper in what I send it to do” [Isaiah 55:11]. We seldom think of Yahweh’s word doing a similar work for us, as the weather does for the land. As we read His word, pondering on it, taking time to absorb it, so it will saturate our souls, making righteousness germinate and sprout, providing seeds of wisdom and understanding to sow in our lives and those of others, and producing the soul-food that ensures spiritual growth.
Humanity has selfishly and thoughtlessly upset some of the carefully balanced ecosystems of our planet, but I’m fascinated by the way damaged nature, left to itself, will re-establish its original environments. A person ravaged and almost destroyed by sin will be restored by Yahshua, and the broken relationship with Yahweh will be re-established. There’ll be ongoing nurturing, with growth in salvation and wholeness, when serious attention is given to Yahweh’s precious word. Let it saturate your soul!