As one who can count on one hand the number of snow events experienced in childhood, I have lived the last decade in Colorado where snow is more ordinary than oddity. Even so, the meteorological chatter is much higher in advance of an anticipated big storm this weekend. Because almost all my adult life has been spent in either Virginia or Colorado, we have heard many warnings. In both places, it has seemed as though the weather experts were akin the boy crying wolf. At the same time, in both places, we have had some huge surprises measured in feet rather than inches.
Perhaps because of this, locals in both places have at times been jaded and skeptical at these fearsome forecasts. Their facial expressions say, “I’ll believe it when I see it.” Why not? I remember a time in Virginia when the forecast was a foot of snow, all metro county schools closed in anticipation, and the next pre-dawn morning revealed starry skies without even a cloud. Man, even with sophisticated radar and computer models, are at the mercy of the complexities of weather put in motion millennia ago by an all-powerful Creator.
We should not make the mistake of thinking God is like man (Ps. 50:21; Ezek. 28:2). When He speaks of things to come, it is not mere prognostication or educated guessing. He declares the end from the beginning (Isa. 46:10). Thus, whatever He says is to come must not be dismissed. It is a promise, as certain as His perfect character.
Throughout the New Testament, God is telling us to get ready for a day of judgment. When writers say, “The Son of Man is going to come” (Mat. 16:27), “an hour is coming” (John 5:28-29), “all the nations will be gathered before Him” (Mat. 25:32), and the like, we should not expect a change in that forecast. Just because it has not happened yet does not mean it will not come. Peter warned of those who would say, “Where is the promise of His coming? For ever since the fathers fell asleep, all continues just as it was from the beginning of creation” (2 Pet. 3:4). Nonetheless, Scripture says, “Get ready!” We don’t know when, but we should not wonder if.