Glory in the Bitter Cold

On Wednesday, the height of the “Polar Vortex” here in the Midwest, I opted to do my daily run at an indoor running track. I run in just about any kind of weather, but I heard enough warnings about frostbite in the -40 degree windchills that I decided to play it safe. Before I lived in the Midwest, I didn’t realize that there was an appreciable difference between 0 degrees and -40 degrees. Although I will admit both are painful, one is much quicker to cause harm.

In light of our recent low temperatures, I was thinking about Psalm 19:6 that says (describing the sun), “and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” That’s true, isn’t it? In the coldest parts of the world, the temperature would be even colder if not for the heat of the sun; in fact, although space is colder than earth, the temperature outside earth’s atmosphere is still warmed by the sun.

Of course, in writing Psalm 19 David isn’t trying to convince anyone of the necessity of the sun for warmth. He is making a statement about the glory of God, which we may need help understanding, and comparing it to the sun, which we see in the sky each day.

Romans 1:20 tells us that “…┬ásince the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen,┬ábeing understood through what has been made …” In similar fashion, Psalm 19 is proclaiming that these heavens are shamelessly shouting the glory of God. Amazing.

And even more staggering, just as nothing is hidden from the heat of the sun, nothing is unaffected by the glory of God. NOTHING. Where can you find the glory of God? ANYWHERE. Difficult situation at work? God’s glory is there. Unimaginable pain in the midst of loss? God’s glory is there. Relentless life storms that show no sign of abating? God’s glory is there. As Corrie Ten Boom’s sister Betsie declared in a WW2 German concentration camp, “There is no pit so deep that God’s love is not deeper still.”

What does this mean for us? Look for His glory. The trials are real. Life’s pain is not imagined. Bitter cold is treacherous. But God’s glory is just as real, and just as present in every situation. And with His glory comes hope.