Monday, September 17, 2018

Pastor's Ponderings, September 17, 2018

Our God Is An Awesome God

When we consider Hurricane Florence which wreaked havoc on the Carolinas this year, Hurricane Maria in 2017 in which almost 3000 people reportedly died, and Hurricane Harvey in 2017 which inflicted over $100 billion in damage, our minds may turn to the lyrics of the song, “How Great Thou Art” by Carl Boberg.  Some of the powerful lyrics are, “O Lord, my God, when I in awesome wonder consider all the worlds Thy Hands have made. I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed.”

God continues to demonstrate that He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He declared that the whole earth is His and that includes us (Psalm 24:1-2).  The first words of the book of Genesis start with, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).  The stars in heaven proclaim His wonderful works of creation (Psalm 19:1). Although we may be impressed by mankind’s discoveries and overall knowledge, we must be humbled when we realize how small we are compared to God. 

Although He is Creator and Lord of all, God still loves us.  Even though He is all-powerful and holds the universe in His hands, He gave His all when He gave us His Son, Jesus, for our sins (John 3:16).  He loves us with an amazing and everlasting love when He looks beyond our limitations and tells us to sit with Him in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:16).

The same God that controls hurricanes, moves the planets, and sets the courses for the stars, still takes the time to love me, you, those who love and obey Him, and even those who deny His existence.  This week, let us consider our wonderful God who manages the universes and unleashes hurricanes, but still notes even the smallest things about us.  Our God is an awesome God. 

Psalm 24:1-2
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The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;
2  for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.

Genesis 1:1
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In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Psalm 19:1
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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands

John 3:16
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16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.

Ephesians 2:16
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16 And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus,

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