Today’s Reading: Matthew 16
Key Verse: He replied, ‘When evening comes, you say, “It will be fair weather, for the sky is red,” and in the morning, “Today it will be stormy, for the sky is red and overcast.” You know how to interpret the appearance of the sky, but you cannot interpret the signs of the times. Matthew 16:2-3
We all know the saying which Jesus quoted in today’s reading: “Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight, Red sky at morning, Shepherd’s warning”. When we see a red sky at night, this means that the setting sun is sending its light through a high concentration of dust particles. This usually indicates high pressure and stable air coming in from the west. Basically, good weather will follow.
Red sky in morning is the sun reflecting the dust particles of a system that has just passed from the west. This indicates that a storm system may be moving to the east. If the morning sky is a deep fiery red, it means a high water content in the atmosphere. So, rain is on its way.
Yet, the point of what Jesus is saying is not about the weather. Weather may be important to many people but the most important thing is what is happening spiritually in our world!
Most of us have no trouble finding out what the weather is going to be for the day or the week. We are constantly checking online, or via the TV and radio. When it comes to knowing what kind of Spiritual state of the world, we need to have our eyes on the world, but our hearts and minds fixed the Word of God.
A Secretary of State once said with a sigh that is job was so difficult because: “The world is round. Only one-third of the people of the world are asleep at any given moment. The other two-thirds are awake and probably stirring up mischief somewhere.”
Early in WWII, baseball broadcasters were forbidden to give information about weather conditions over the air, for fear it might be of aid to enemy bombers. On one St. Louis broadcast, Dizzy Dean and his play-by-play partner Johnny O’Hara filled a rain delay with about an hour of aimless talk, never mentioning why there was no action on the field. Finally, Dizzy Dean “ran out of words,” as O’Hara explained it, and said, “If you folks don’t know what’s holdin’ up this game just stick your heads out the window.”
We are in a sad time spiritually, so take a look out of your window. See the hurting, wounded and lost and then go and share God’s love.