cropped-rose-white-and-pinkJoshua 10:13, “So the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written in the Book of Jashar. The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day”

I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been impressed with power. When I was in the Navy and stationed aboard the aircraft carrier USS NIMITZ (CVN 68), it was impressive to watch a jet plane take off from the flight deck in such a short span of space. What about the tremendous power that one can witness in the “Saturn” rockets? A flame which is almost blinding if it is seen in person not to mention the noise which could deafen a person if they didn’t have their ear plugs in. Then there are the vibrations that are so intense a person’s body starts to vibrate in sympathetic resonance. However, there is nothing like the awesomeness of God’s power displayed in His creation. As an illustration, back and forth, back and forth go the pounding waves of the sea. From ages past, the continents have been separated by the mighty oceans. Man has learned to travel over them, to descend to the bottom of them, and to travel through them, but their immensity and the relentless force of their waves remain untamable. Rocks are crushed, shorelines are changed, and even experienced sailors can be driven aground or sent to the bottom of the sea. The combined genius of man and the most powerful equipment can do very little to conquer the oceans. However, they are no problem for God the One who created them because He does with them as He wishes. To further illustrate God’s powers; in Joshua 10:13, the sun stood still, and the moon stopped, till the nation avenged itself on its enemies, as it is written … the sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. Psalm 114 refers to the exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14:13-31) to describe God’s great power. The psalmist wrote, “The sea saw it and fled” (Psalm 114:3). Then he asked, “What ails you, O sea, that you fled?” (v. 5). The answer is implied, “The seas were obeying the command of God.” My brethren, when the turbulent seas of adversity are threatening, we need to remember the awesome power of God. As the seas fled before Him and as the sun stood still, so too can the obstacles that seem so overwhelming to us. They have no more resistance to God’s power than water in a teacup!

Further reflection:

Iguazu Falls on the border of Brazil and Argentina is a spectacular waterfall system of 275 falls along 1.67 miles of the Iguazu River. Etched on a wall on the Brazilian side of the Falls are the words of Psalm 93:4, “Mightier than the thunders of many waters, mightier than the waves of the sea, the LORD on high is mighty!” Below it are these words, “God is always greater than all of our troubles.” My friend, the writer of Psalm 93, who penned its words during the time that kings reigned, knew that God is the ultimate King over all. “The LORD reigns,” he wrote. “Your throne is established from of old; You are from everlasting” (Psalm 93:1-2). No matter how high the floods or waves, the Lord remains greater than them all. The roar of a waterfall is truly majestic, but it is quite a different matter to be in the water hurtling toward the falls. That may well be the situation you are in today. Physical, financial, or relational problems loom ever larger and you feel like you are about to go over the falls. In such situations, the believer in Christ has Someone to turn to. He is the Lord, “who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20) for He is greater than all of our troubles. Always remember never measure God’s unlimited power by your limited expectations.

To know God’s presence is to know God’s power.