Tuesday, May 21, 2013

How Big is God?

Perhaps you have seen the devastation this week in Moore, Oklahoma. Words cannot describe it. They are calling this latest tornado the storm of storms. Adults and children have died and they are still sifting through the rubble. Prayers and thoughts are extended to everyone who has suffered from this powerful and destructive piece of weather.

When you look at the results of this storm from the cameras in the helicopters, you cannot help but be in awe of what has taken place. It makes human beings seem so insignificant. It reminds us that we are so feeble. Safety? Maybe it was available on some level, but even some who hid from the storms were killed. We are not as strong as we think. All of the technology and advancement we have achieved still cannot save us completely from the power of the natural world that God created.

Today we had a huge and very old white oak tree cut down in our back yard. The tree was dead and we had to have it removed for fear of the limbs coming down on our home or perhaps on our children while they might be playing. As the heavy limbs came down the force of gravity and the weight of the oak pierced the soft earth underneath. I have limbs in my yard buried several feet into the ground. They are virtually immovable. The trunk itself was not removed as we have left it for decoration. If we do ever move it, it is going to be a great deal of work.

After four hours of removing limbs, my yard still looks like the tree has just fallen. Even a simple backyard project is humbling sometimes. This is just one tree in one yard on the earth in which we live. We are but one planet in a universe that is so large we cannot come up with a number that would explain its size. And yet God spoke it into existence with a word. So how big is God?

It is important for us to remember how awesome and powerful God truly is. It will keep us humble and it will cause us to wonder at the marvelous Creator of every material thing. When I watch news reports of devastating storms like the ones we have witnessed this week, in my mind I hit my knees and ask God for forgiveness for not respecting His greatness. A proper view of God will lead us to the only true refuge that mankind has been given. Our Rock is Christ, our hope is heaven, and our God is sitting on His eternal throne. We are living here temporarily, held by the power of the same word that created everything we see.

Put your faith in God. Allow yourself to elevate God as much as you can in your limited capacity. Fear the Lord and tremble at His commandments. This is the beginning of wisdom and the key to everlasting life.

"Knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, 'Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation.' For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men." - 2 Peter 3:3-7

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