Words from the Heart for Friday February 2nd, 2018
He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!”
Matthew 16:2-3 (NLT)
Signs of the Times
The calendar today reminds us of how we have a built-in desire to know the future. People want to know even what the weather will be. Yet, it is really only as we ask the Lord that we can hear from Him about the things that really matter for our future.
After a particularly challenging winter, Canadians will soon be looking for the first signs of spring. Two of the first signs of spring across our country are the return of robins and Canada geese. Although some geese remain in southern Canada to overwinter, most travel further south before making the journey home to help welcome the changing of the season. With a habitat range spanning nearly all of Canada, the robin is one of our country’s most common and delightful signs of spring.
When I was a boy growing up in Thunder Bay, I was taught an ancient truism: “Red sky at night, sailor’s delight. Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.” We would always know the weather the next day, or that day, by the colour of the sky. What I didn’t know until I became a student of God’s Word was that this is found in the Bible. Jesus uses it to teach a lesson about the Kingdom of God. Matthew 16:2-3 says: “He replied, “You know the saying, ‘Red sky at night means fair weather tomorrow; red sky in the morning means foul weather all day.’ You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!” Even in Jesus’ day, people would look to the skies for the daily weather forecast. But Jesus tells them that they ought to be just as aware of the signs of God’s working in the world. Jesus would later speak about what signs to look for: wars and rumours of wars, famines and earthquakes. Are you looking for the signs of our times?
These have been words from the heart.