Why Is It Snowing in April??!!!
Oh, you thought Winter was over? *Cue the sarcastic, somewhat creepy laughter for 4 minutes straight* As I look out of my window at 8:35 a.m., what do I see? SNOW! That’s right! Nice, white, soft, fluffy snow is coming down harder than the basketball rim came down when Shaquille O’Neal dunked on it back in the day (that’s when he was playing with the Orlando Magic-the man actually broke the backboard). My calendar says that today is April 17, 2020, and the high temperature for today will be a whopping 38 degrees (get your swimsuits ready!)! By all accounts, it is going to be a cold day today. However, it is actually springtime, as we have seen temperatures as high as 80 degrees over the past three weeks. You might be asking yourself, “is it hot, or is it cold? I can’t really tell.” This idea of not picking a side bothers God.
God is a kind God; God is a loving God; God is a patient God; God is a giving God; but God is also a jealous God. Throughout the Bible, God makes clear that he wants us to put him first, and to worship him ALONE. God wants us to be “all in” for him; he doesn’t want us to place anyone or anything above him, and he certainly doesn’t want us to play the fence. Let’s take a look at a few key scriptures:
Deuteronomy 6:13-14 (KJV): Thou shalt fear the Lord thy God, and serve him, and shalt swear by his name. Ye shall not go after other gods, of the gods of the people which are round about you;
Exodus 34:14 (KJV): For thou shalt worship no other god: for the Lord, whose name is Jealous, is a jealous God:
2 Kings 17:35-36 (KJV): with whom the Lord made a covenant and commanded them, saying, “You shall not fear other gods, nor bow down yourselves to them nor serve them nor sacrifice to them. But the Lord, who brought you up from the land of Egypt with great power and with an outstretched arm, Him you shall fear, and to Him you shall bow yourselves down, and to Him you shall sacrifice.
Exodus 20:3 (KJV): “You shall have no other gods before Me
Deuteronomy 5:7 (KJV):‘You shall have no other gods before Me
Revelations 3:15-16 (KJV): I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.
WOW! God has a way of speaking, doesn’t he? He wants us to worship him and him alone-not money, fame, fortune, food, celebrities, athletes, cars, shoes, girls (or guys), drugs, alcohol, partying, TV, or anything else. God alone deserves to be worshiped and praised. God also wants us to be “all in” for him-he wants us to be ON FIRE for Jesus, ON FIRE for truth, ON FIRE for living the right way, ON FIRE for loving and helping our fellow man. God doesn’t want us to have one foot in the church, and one foot in the world (like going to Bible study every Wednesday night, but being “sick” on Sunday morning because we want to watch the Bears v. Packers game). Matthew 6:24 makes clear that we can’t serve two masters:
Matthew 6:24 (KJV): No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
By definition, when we don’t fully give our lives over to God, but we want to worship him “sometimes,” or in “some ways,” or we only want to stop doing “certain” bad things, we aren’t hot for God-Team Jesus, or cold toward God-Team Satan; we’re right in the middle, which God calls lukewarm. As we see from Revelations 3:15-16 above, God wants us to pick a side, because if we don’t, he will “spue thee out of my mouth,” which is just a fancy way of saying he will throw us up, as if he never knew us. Ouch! Some may think God is being harsh here, but he really isn’t. God has given us EVERYTHING, including the very air that we breathe, and he just wants to know that we appreciate him for everything that he has done for us. To be clear, God is NOT saying that we can’t enjoy food, sports, or money; he’s saying that none of these things should matter to us MORE THAN GOD, we should not WORSHIP these things or people, and we should not be willing to do bad things (like steal or kill) in order to get these things. God loved us so much that he sent his darling son, Jesus Christ, into the world to die for us, that if we believed in Jesus and followed him, we would be with him in Heaven forever (paraphrasing John 3:16). Let’s be hot for God and give Satan the cold shoulder. Just as we all look forward to having consistent, nice weather in April, let’s be consistent in our love and devotion to God. I love you all, God bless you all, and let’s all sing it together, “snow, snow, go away, come again on Christmas Day!”