Valuable Lesson Found in the Ice

Day by Day Devotions

Job 37:10 “God’s breath sends the ice, freezing wide expanses of water.”

Not only did we have snow this winter, we had ice as well.  I never thought about the ice being the breath of God until I read this scripture.

I remember watching the television news stations and hearing about all of the people in the state that were without electricity because of the ice.  I was fortunate enough to have only lost power for less than a day.  We had about an inch and a half of ice in the Arkadelphia area.

I sat in my living room and listened to the limbs break and fall on my house.  At one time I thought the limbs were coming through the roof into my house.  One large branch fell and hit the house.  I literally felt the house shake.   The horrific sound it made is one I will not forget easily.  I looked out the window and saw a very large branch that had fallen.  It was still covered in ice.  The limb looked much denser with all the ice that was built-up on it.  I realized there was a lesson in all of the destruction that I experienced and that I had seen on the television.

Sometimes God has to prune or get rid of the dead wood in order for new growth to occur.    Sin is like spiritual dead wood.   It keeps us from growing spiritually or as close to God as we would like to be.   We don’t recognize it at first, but as time goes on we tend to understand what God is doing in our lives.  I am in no way saying ice storms are God’s way of punishing us but I am saying we can learn from what God allows to happen in our life.

Just as there are times our electricity goes out and we are in the dark, there are times we are in the dark spiritually.  We have sinned and can’t seem to see God.   God has not forsaken us but we simply can’t see because we have been blinded by sin.  Ice melts when the sun warms the air.  God hides our sin when we confess those sins to Him.  His Son’s blood warms our hearts and we are cleansed.

1 John 1:9   “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”

Another lesson I learned from the ice is we have no power when trying to move around from one place to the other on our own.  I watched as cars would seem to float ever so slowly into the path of another vehicle or shoot like a bullet into oncoming traffic.  The drivers had no control over where their vehicles ended up.  When we have the power of God in our lives we can accomplish anything that is within His will for our lives.  When we accept Jesus Christ into our heart we have the power of the Heavenly Father living in us.  When He is in control of our lives, we will accomplish that which is set before us.  We are warned to say off the ice over and over yet many of us do not heed the warning.  God gives us a warning about eternity but some of us do not heed the warning.

“There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men by which we must be saved”  Acts 4:12.

John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”

My friends please choose to trust the Lord Jesus Christ as your Savior and take control of your destiny in order to spend and eternity in heaven with the Father.

Helen Cook