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February 25 – Unfathomable Power And Love

“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 its waves rise, You still them.  You crushed Rahab like a carcass; You scattered Your enemies with Your mighty arm.  The heavens are Yours; the earth also is Yours; the world and all that is in it, You have founded them.  The north and the south, You have created them; Tabor and Hermon joyously praise Your name.  You have a mighty arm; strong is Your hand, high Your right hand.”  Psalm 89:13

Devotional Thought For The Day

One of the key differences between Christianity and all other religions, especially the polytheistic religions, is the basic concept of God.  In that human beings – indeed, all creatures, those visible and invisible – are finite, the “gods” that human beings invent are also finite, limited in many aspects of their being, including their power.  They may be conceived of as being powerful, more powerful than human beings, but they are always limited – in power, knowledge, and wisdom.  Likewise, there is a natural tendency for all human beings to think of God in finite concepts.  Since we have no direct experience with anything that is infinite it is impossible to wrap our minds around the infinite aspects of God’s being.  This means mystery – and a basic existential decision:  either we will accept that God is far bigger, vaster, more powerful, more knowing and wise than we can possibly imagine, OR we will have to begin whittling Him down to our size, into something who struggles with the same kinds of limitations that we have.  Scripture presents God as the former – greater, more awesome, unimaginably more powerful, knowing, and wise than we can fathom.  In the end, words fail the authors of Holy Scripture – they can recount evidences of His power and knowledge, but in the end they are reduced to noting that there is simply nothing that we can properly compare with God.

It is not only His power and knowledge, but also His love, graciousness, mercy, kindness, and faithfulness that are beyond comparison.  We heard of this in the verses preceding these, and the author immediately returns to this wondrous aspect of God’s being in the next few verses.  Of course, the greatest demonstration of the unfathomable love of God is the gift of His Son [Who shares His being and all of His characteristics, Who is “the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of His Nature” – Heb. 1:3], Who became incarnate, enfleshed as the Lord Jesus Christ, Who took our sins upon Himself and at the cross stilled God’s justice, wrath, and anger over all human sin – reconciling all mankind to Himself, and providing all of us with access to eternal life and renewal in His own image.  That God – as unimaginably great, awesome, and powerful as He is – would take note of us, would love each of us individually and intimately, and would do for us what He did for our eternal salvation and blessedness in Christ Jesus, is indescribably wondrous.  That is the God of Holy Scripture, the God of Christianity, and it is certain that He will not be “whittled down” by anyone.  Indeed, anyone who does whittle down his own conception of God only cheats and cheapens himself.  That God does not will this for any human being is abundantly clear and evident in His Word, the Bible.

What a great way to start out the day, the week, everyday of our lives – remembering and reflecting upon the wonders of God’s being and His great love for us.  Kind of makes the rest of our problems and issues seem rather puny.  So the blessed advice and encouragement of the apostle Peter:  “Clothe yourselves, all of you, with humility toward one another, for ‘God opposes the proud but gives grace to the humble.’  Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time He may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on Him, because He cares for you.” [1 Pet. 5:5-7]  The power of God and the love of God – are both unimaginably wondrous.  This is Christianity – the life and salvation God has provided for us in Christ Jesus.  Blessed be the Name of the Lord!

Prayer For The Day

Ah, dear Lord Jesus, amazingly awesome in power and love beyond our comprehension – thanks and praise be to You for everything, for every breath and thought and aspect of being You have blessed us with.  Enable us to exult in Your being, especially Your close and intimate presence in our lives. Strengthen our faith and joy in You, with the Father and Holy Spirit, that our lives be filled with confidence, peace, joy, and eager anticipation for the greater blessings to come.  Amen.