God’s Storehouses

Job 38:22-“Have you entered the storehouses of the snow, or have you seen the storehouses of the hail…”

I like visual imagery. Sometimes reading this passage make me wonder what God’s storehouses look like. What if the above statement were followed by an invitation? “Come, see where I keep inventory of the globe’s precipitation!” Can you imagine the vastness of the space occupied by the backstocked store of individually crafted snowflakes or the preordered supply of hail?

This idea of inventory can also be seen in Ephesians 2:4-“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ–by grace you have been saved–” He has a vast reserve of mercy in and of Himself. It is nothing for Him to withdraw from that bank account of mercy and dispense it to us! However, those terms sound sterile and antiseptic. Withdraw, dispense, inventory, backstock. All of these are synonymous with numbers on paper. Our benevolent Father dispenses of both mercy and precipitation sovereignly and graciously.

With things so carefully inventoried, there is something that God does not keep close account of. Our forgiving God chooses not to keep a record of our sins! In fact, he gives us visual imagery of how incomprehensible this is: “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.”

Wrap your brain around that one.

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