Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Light and Life Obeyed

"O Father, you are sovereign, in all the worlds you made;
Your mighty word was spoken, and light and life obeyed.
Your voice commands the seasons and bounds the ocean’s shore,
Sets stars within their courses and stills the tempest’s roar."

We think of God's powerful arm; His mighty throne room; or His loving eyes but how often do we think about His voice? His mighty word was spoken and light and life obeyed. Imagine, the darkness of before creation and then, a voice to shatter the mountains and still the heart of a child shot across the waters, commanded light to form, and like an obedient servant, it leapt forth shimmering and brilliant!

Through all six days of creation, it was His voice that was obeyed as dry land stretched up from the waters, animals and plants sprang to life, and finally, a man was formed with the breath of life breathed into his nostrils.

But the power of God's voice does not end with creation. Look at the second part of the verse. It commands the seasons and bounds the ocean's shore. I always liked that image. It is as if He drew a line in the sand and told the waves, "Here you go and no farther for I AM."

He sets the stars in place and He stills the tempest's roar. He has utter power over nature and us. We have no need to fear. We serve a God who knows all the stars by name and at whose voice, the earth quakes. We can rest knowing that His voice, His love, His arms, and His eternal plan are unfailing; we will never be alone.

"The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

Monday, October 5, 2009

Love Like This

How much does God love us? To the moon? To the stars? Our human brains can't even take in the depth of His love!

Two days ago, my father came home for a two week R and R after serving nine months in Iraq. My entire family went to the airport and waited...and waited...and waited. I stood at the window and tried not to be sick; I could not sit still I was so eager to see him.

Then,finally, he was there in the flesh and we enveloped him with hugs. Tears were on everyone's cheeks and I was shaking with adrenaline. My mom couldn't even text to say that he was home to those of our friens who were waiting for the news. We were just too excited.

That night, I sat in bed and thought about how great it was to finally have him home and it struck me. That is how God loves us. He yearns for us to finally come to Him in heaven; He longs for me a hundred times more than I ever longed for my dad.

I mentioned this thought at community group since the topic of our dicussion was very similar and one of the men added to what I had said. What if, instead of hugging us and wanting to spend every minute he could with us, my dad had juat walked past us towards the McDonalds or the latest Kohl's sale? That would have hurt more than I can imagine, to be ignored by the very person that I have so eagerly been waiting for.

We do that every day to God. We would rather finish our book or take our nap or buy the latest fashions than give even a little of what He gave to us back to God. He loves us so much; He DIED for us and we ignore Him. How dare we? Think of how that hurts Him and yet...and YET, He doesn't just give up on us. He still pursues us, stil loves us, still helps us when we're in trouble and we decided that praying is worth our time suddenly. He still keeps all His promises. He is truly a wondrous God!