But He replied to them, “When it is evening, you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red.’ 3 And in the morning, ‘There will be a storm today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ Do you know how to discern the appearance of the sky, but cannot discern the signs of the times?
They are calling for another Winter Storm this morning. Some, they say, may be Snow Squalls, quick, sudden, blinding bursts of snow, that can cover the ground in a matter of moments. But Snow Squalls are funny things, they say, for they appear for but a short time, but are fierce while they remain. Now the “they say,” refers to the Weather Channel. Yup, I’m a Weather Channel junkie. It was so amazing to me this morning that I looked up from my chair, soon after the forecast, and the sky was dawning red. Every cloud in the sky was lit up pink, first a dim, light hue and slowly transforming into a brilliant magenta. This lasted all of ten minutes, and then they skies were dull grey again. Brilliant, and I remembered Jesus’ speech about the Morning and evening sky predicting a storm. And I remembered the familiar chant, “Red sky in morning, sure sailors’ warning. Red sky at night, sailors’ delight.”
As we look at the above passage, we see that Jesus compares the “Red Sky,” phenomenon, to being able to discern the signs of the times. Have you ever had a warning from God about something. Some people have dreams about stuff, but for me, it’s always directly from the Word of God. When I was young in my faith, still am in so many ways, but when I was real young in my faith; I didn’t know how to follow God, to discern His voice, to listen, obey and follow. As I look back over my life, I can remember times when God was trying to get my attention by making a passage of Scripture especially keen, as I was reading it. I thought it was really cool and wonderful, but I didn’t understand its purpose. I just thought God’s Word was so amazing and fun and interesting. But I didn’t realize God was actually speaking to me from it, like a conversation. I would read, discover, and then go bounding off like a lamb to meet the challenges of the day. But as I’ve grown older, I can see the times when God was warning me, or compelling me, directing me, or correcting me. I have learned, and am still learning to discern His voice, to heed His call, and to follow and obey. I’m so much further along than I was before, but have so much further to go. Our Precious God is so patient with us, both in our tender, young, naïve times; and as we grow more and more aware and familiar of our Precious King. I will leave you to ponder this one beautiful picture of God’s care for His young and tender people, setting out on the first leg of their journey in following Him out of captivity, and into His marvelous Light.
Exodus 13:17, 21-22
God Leads the People
17 Now when Pharaoh had let the people go, God did not lead them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near; for God said, “The people might change their minds when they see war, and return to Egypt.”
21 The Lord was going before them in a pillar of cloud by day to lead them on the way, and in a pillar of fire by night to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night. 22 He did not take away the pillar of cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.
And so, too, our Precious God and King, goes before us, to prepare the way for us, to lead us, protect us, and teach us.
What an awesome, tender, and loving God we serve. We praise you, Dearest God, and thank You for your ways.