People complain about winter, because it’s so cold. Or they live in a region where the sky is a muddied gray and the land is covered in nothing but white. Winter is an opportunity to appreciate the unexpected gift of warm days, of spring peeking between the snowflakes, and of days where the forced stillness causes you to make time for God’s Word.
I’m studying Matthew 7, especially Matthew 7:6:
Don’t give holy things to dogs, and don’t throw your pearls in front of pigs. They will stomp on the pearls, then turn around and attack you.
And utilizing my Vines concordance and Matthew Henry Commentary, I dug deeper. Vines used the word, Impure to describe this particular saying. Throwing your pearls before swine is trying to teach a, “fool who is not able to hear.”
Matthew Henry said:
“Teaching should be given in accordance with the spiritual capacity of the learners. The unclean dogs of the street were held in low self-esteem.”
The first part of Matthew 7, the commentary explained, references taking the cross on yourself; having the same expectations of yourself to live consistently. As Christians, we should die to self first.
Winter’s darkness doesn’t just describe the day, but a mindset. It matters what we believe and what we base our beliefs upon.
“Biblical illiteracy is running rampant within many contexts. Fewer and fewer people know what the Bible actually says about key moral and theological issues, but more and more people know what they want the Bible to say on these issues. At present, especially within Evangelicalism, doctrine is seen as cold, dead, and stiff. We love doctrine for God’s sake and his mission. The problem is, when we forsake doctrine, we end up creating theological beliefs in our own image—driven by the winds of our own age.” – READ MORE
Matthew 7:7-8 says:
“Ask, and you will receive. Search, and you will find. Knock, and the door will be opened to you. 8 For everyone who asks, receives. Whoever seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door is opened.
Beneath winter’s darkness lies spring waiting to spring forth in beautiful light and truth. We come to Jesus with a sincere heart, a seeking heart, as believer (or non-believer, if you are seeking to find answers), in humility, and we will receive, find, and the door will open. Winter doesn’t last forever. A Father never turns away His children who seek His love.