How Great Is Our God
How often do we sing or hear Christian music or hymns and not think about the meaning of the words? How often have we sung the song Be Not Afraid and within hours gone back to being afraid? Hasn’t just about every Christian sung the hymn, How Great Thou Art? Do we really remember as I think Chris Tomlin sings How Great is Our God?
Do we really think about how great and powerful God is or do we get overwhelmed by the obstacles and chaos of modern life? Do we look at all the changes in America, the election of the most pro abortion president, the movement towards gay marriage, the spread of sexual infidelity and adultery and throw our hands up in the air in discouragement? Does it make us want to quit? Or do we waste our time complaining and lamenting like the Israelites.
Are we like the Israelites in Exodus?While the Egyptians pursued the Israelites they complained to Moses about bringing into the desert to die; asking whether there weren’t enough burial places in Egypt. This is after all the miracles God had performed to free them in the first place. We know of course that God parted the Red Sea and wiped out the Egyptians.
You’d think that this would impress the Israelites but no they continue to complain and grumble about water and the lack of food, then about the lack of variety of food. When they finally got to the Promised Land they didn’t think about all the miracles they had seen instead they talked of the strength and size of the enemy occupying Canaan and refused to enter. You’d think that they would put their confidence in the God that parted the Red Sea but they didn’t. As a consequence they wandered the desert for forty years until all the adults except Joshua and Caleb had passed away.
Are we like that? Do we look at what is happening and go woe is me? Are we so discouraged by what is happening that we really don’t pray and work for what we know is right? Do we stop praying for the conversion of our family and friends or offer up wishy washy prayers? Do we really remember how great our God is? Do we actually think about the miracles in the Bible?
In one sense we are like the Disciples. Where were they after the Crucifixion? Weren’t they hiding? Didn’t they think it was all over? Did they understand how God was working? Like us they looked around and saw defeat. They had been eye witnesses to the raising of Lazarus, the healing of the paralytic, the calming of the storm, countless healings and the feeding of five thousand men with five loaves and two fishes. They had been taught by Jesus over the course of three years. Yet they were beyond discouraged and ready to quit.
In fact two of them were on their way to Emmaus when they encountered Jesus on the road. They didn’t understand what God was doing and Jesus had to explain it to them. We, with our limited minds don’t understand God’s plan. We look around and see defeat just like the Israelites with the Egyptian army breathing down their necks. Yet at what seemed to them to be the last minute God delivered them. I don’t know how or what God plans now but I know this God wins!
God wins! That is the lesson of the Resurrection. The victory belongs to God. When Satan and even the Apostles thought that Jesus was defeated He walked victoriously, gloriously from the tomb. The victory is al ready won back on the first Easter. Jesus won and will win. He is “the same, yesterday, today and tomorrow” He is still the God of miracles, the Creator of the Universe, who parted the Red Sea and fed five thousand with five loaves of bread and two fish. Despite what we feel or think about the current situation He is working out His plan of salvation. Our job is to pray with expectant faith, believing in His ultimate victory and allow Him to use our little resources as He sees fit.
Lord, help us in these dark times to remember how great You are and to pray with pray, trusting in Your victory.