Being prepared for the spiritual winters is the way of being a disciple. They come to us as given and are determined by God to bring about a good work in our life. There are no snowbird disciples among God’s children. We can not simply avoid the winter as many avoid the physical winters by moving to Florida during the winter. A child of God must spend time preparing for the spiritual winters that will come.
Back in the old days when I was a kid we worked all spring and summer preparing for winter. Raising a garden, raising and preparing chickens to be frozen, butchering a hog, cutting wood for the winter fire, and many times a new quilt was made to keep warm at night.
The mark of a true disciple is one who prepares for those winters as this Psalm explains.
- Guard our ways with the word
- Seeking God and not straying from His word.
- Storing up God’s word for the winter to come.
Are you preparing for the spiritual winter to come? We cannot be sluggards about this or else we will sin against God and wander from Him in these times.
“Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways, and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her bread in summer and gathers her food in harvest.” (Proverbs 6:6–8, ESV)
Be prepared and store up God’s word for the winters of life. In this you will find shelter with God.