Devo Scripture: Genesis 7:11-24
Key Verse: “O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when it’s waves rise, you still them.” Ps. 89:8-9
Another day. Another chance to bring him glory. That’s the goal right? I’m ready. I wake the kids. We start into our routine. I’m ready. Bring him glory. The goal. Remember the goal. But then the cereal bowl crashes, the outfit we picked out last night doesn’t feel right this morning, the little man cries because we’re out of Lucky Charms and his favorite shirt is in the dirty clothes. I’ll wash it. I promise I’ll wash it. Bring him glory…the goal. I work harder. Faster. Already stressed and it’s only 7:30am. The goal…I feel it slipping further and further from my reach. I grasp at it.
I drop the big kids at school. I run errands with the little kids. I find my farmer somewhere in this county or the next. I deliver the ham sandwich. I listen to the crying little man who wants to stay with daddy. I remember the goal. Bring my Savior glory. But I’m tired. (But He is not) My heart stirs at the reminder. I can’t do this on my own Lord (My child I don’t expect you to.) And I’m tired Lord (Then it’s the perfect time to give me glory. It’s the perfect time to lean into my strength.) Yes you are strong. You are the Mighty One Lord. (Yes my child. Yes.) “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me” (2 Cor. 12:9). (That’s it my child. Remember what I have said to you.) “He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength (Is. 40:29). (Yes if I have said it I will do it.) “O LORD God of hosts, who is mighty as you are, O LORD, with your faithfulness all around you? You rule the raging of the sea; when it’s waves rise, you still them” (Ps. 89:8-9). (Yes child. There is none like me. Remember. Always remember.)
He is the Mighty One. There is no one like the LORD. No one but him can tell a lightning bolt where to strike (Job 38:35). “He loads the thick cloud with moisture; the clouds scatter his lightning. They turn around and around by his guidance, to accomplish all that he commands them on the face of the habitable world” (Job 37:11-12). He commands the morning since it began and causes the dawn to know its place (Job 38:12). He sets the stars in place and “by the greatness of his might, and because he is strong in power not one is missing” (Is. 40:26b).
Jesus. He is awesome in power. Great are his wondrous works. It is he that holds all things together (Col. 1:17). It is he that holds me together! It is he that holds you as well. Nothing is too big for the LORD. Nothing is too hard for him. Yet we hold tight to our problems. Our worries. Anxious we attempt the day in our own strength. Oh but it is he that makes us strong! If only we’d let him handle the big stuff and the little stuff we make into big stuff. If only we’d let go. If only we’d…trust. Then the world might see his awesome power displayed in us.
For he is in the business of big stuff! We see it easily in Genesis 7. The most powerful deluge of water ever to fill the earth was done at his fingertips. Not one raindrop fell without his consent. Not one.
And it was big. Really big. On the day the flood began “all the fountains of the great deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were opened” (Gen. 7:11). It wasn’t just 40 days and nights of a nice steady rain. But for 150 days the waters prevailed rising higher and higher, 15 cubits above the mountains. And for another 150 days the waters receded. Yes there was forty days and nights of soaking, drenching, pouring rain. But it began with a breaking up of the great deep. Creation scientists believe the earth’s crust moved, cleaved open, shifting apart with great force causing huge amounts of water and volcanic activity to burst skyward. (Catastrophic Plate Tectonics) If the world began as one land mass it did not take millions of years for the continents to break apart but happened the year of the flood. So we’re talking under water volcanic activity that caused the ocean to rise quickly and powerfully over the earth. “The ocean floors would have been effectively replaced by hot lavas.” (www.answersingenesis.org) It was big. Really big. We serve a mighty and powerful God.
It was so big in fact with all the ash and dust in the air from the volcanic activity, sunlight was blocked “making the temperatures on earth cooler. As the warm water from the oceans evaporated into the air, forming clouds, the colder air over the earth caused wintry conditions, lots of snow, and ice glaciers. This could have easily caused an Ice Age that lasted hundreds of years.”(www.answersingenesis.org) The flood was big, with big effects. But none of it was out of his control. All of it done by the greatness of his might. Because he is strong in power.
I see it now as a storm approaches across the field. I’ve glimpsed it on the shore of a vast ocean. I’ve felt it sharing Christ with complete strangers. And I know it when patience fills me. Joy becomes me. Peace overwhelms me. Love astounds me. Only by his strength can I give thanks in the hard things. And sing praise amidst the mess. On my own I can do nothing. But in Christ I can do all things to his glory. For it’s at my weakest hour that his power shines brightest. “O my Strength, I will sing praises to you, for you, O God, are my fortress, the God who shows me steadfast love” (Ps. 59:17). He is a mighty and powerful God.
So remember the goal. And keep in mind, those big things in our lives that we try to handle ourselves….yeah they aren’t too big for the LORD. And those little things that we make into big things…yeah they aren’t too big either.
Contemplate and Evaluate:
What are you holding onto that you need to give God today? What’s keeping you distracted?
What areas of your life can you boast of his strength and therefore give God the glory?
Does your joy and peace exude to others that God is mighty and awesome in power?