It’s so cold we had to chisel the dog off a lamp-post.
It’s so cold you have to open the fridge to heat the house.
It’s so cold your false teeth chatter, and they are still in the glass.
It’s so cold the police tell a robber to freeze, and he does.
It’s so cold that my car won’t start running and my nose won’t stop.
I probably don’t’ have the right to talk about how cold it is, living in North Louisiana. No matter what the temperature dips down to, it won’t be long before it warms up. I can’t even relate to the people in the northern tier who have a true winter! But, still, no matter where you are if you’re cold, you’re cold!
In the Bible we read about cold weather. God promised a cold season.
As long as the earth endures, seedtime and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night will never cease. ~Genesis 8
One cold night Peter warmed himself at a fire along with others. Jesus was on trial at the moment.
“You are not one of his disciples, are you?” the girl at the door asked Peter. He replied, “I am not.” It was cold, and the servants and officials stood around a fire they had made to keep warm. Peter also was standing with them, warming himself. ~John 18:17-19
Apostle Paul warmed himself by a fire and experienced something unpleasant.
“Once safely on shore, we found out that the island was called Malta. The islanders showed us unusual kindness. They built a fire and welcomed us all because it was raining and cold. Paul gathered a pile of brushwood and, as he put it on the fire, a viper, driven out by the heat, fastened itself on his hand.” ~Acts 28:1-3
That wasn’t the first time Paul had to deal with the cold weather. He wrote to the Corinthians and told them there were times that the went cold and hungry (2 Corinthians 11:26-28)
Aside from physical coolness, the cold is used as a metaphor for weak or dying faith. Jesus talked about the loss of love for God and said that “the love of most will grow cold” (Matthew 24:11-13). In the Revelation Jesus writes letters to seven churches. To one of them he writes:
“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write: These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness,the ruler of God’s creation. I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other! So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.” ~Revelation 3:14ff
When we think we no longer need God in our lives, lukewarm spirits develop, then they turn cold. When we feel the chilly wind of faithless thoughts coming our way, we need something to warms us up. Try to ignore faith’s fire in your heart! Jeremiah reflected on a time when he was a bit cold toward being the prophet no one listened to. But, he couldn’t stay that way.
Whenever I speak, I cry out proclaiming violence and destruction. So the word of the LORD has brought me insult and reproach all day long. But if I say, “I will not mention him or speak any more in his name,” his word is in my heart like a fire, a fire shut up in my bones. I am weary of holding it in; indeed, I cannot. ~Jeremiah 20:8-9
I want to remind us, also, when we’re feeling a bit cold in our faith to be sure not to put out the Spirit’s fire (1 Thessalonians 5:19). What are some ways we can keep our faith warmed up and on fire for God? I’d love to hear your thoughts!