Scientists had known for a long time that tension was building along the San Andreas Fault in California. And on October 17, 1989, a little after 5 PM, the earth had a “nervous breakdown” measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale. What awesome power! In less than 60 seconds the earth inflicted property damage in the San Francisco area amounting to nearly 10 billion dollars. Bridges, roads, buildings, and other man made bulwarks were like fragile toys in the hands of a reckless giant. A newsman, interviewing a group of school children who had experienced the quake, asked a little girl, “What does this show us?” She replied, “That the earth is here and that it is very powerful.”
But my beloved, is that where the ultimate power resides? Does it not come from God, who created the heavens and earth and isn’t He the One who sustains it? Think of it. His might is greater than the most devastating earthquake ever recorded. And it extends to all of nature. Job said that God stirs up the sea with His power, and that “the pillars of heaven tremble, and are astonished at His reproof” (Job 16:11-12). The One who created the mighty oceans does with them what He wishes.
What frail creatures we are, yet how often we forget this! May God’s awesome power remind us how dependent we are upon Him but also that He uses it for our good! So, when the turbulent seas of adversity are threatening, we need to remember the awesome power of God. As the seas fled before Him, so too can the obstacles that seem so overwhelming to us. Let’s worship Him today and every day with a deep reverence and a very humble gratitude.
On the other side of every miraculous intervention by God on our behalf, there is also a road of faith to be traveled. Whether God’s power has touched our health, finances, or family relationships, we must not only praise and thank the Lord, but we must also be obedient to Him as well. Please go back with me in time to when the Israelites were confronted by the Red Sea and Pharaoh’s army of chariots was behind them. After God opened the Red Sea and allowed His people to cross on dry ground, then released the waters to overwhelm Pharaoh’s pursuing army, there was a great celebration of praise and thankfulness to the Lord (Exodus 15:1-21).
But then it was time for them to move on in their journey toward the land of promise, the land that flows with milk and honey. “So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur” (Exodus 15:22). There they traveled for 3 days without finding water, and they began to complain. In His divine plan, supernatural intervention is not an end in itself, but it is a means of teaching us that we can always trust and obey the leadership of Almighty God.
However, will we listen to His voice and obey His Word? If He leads us through the sea, will He not also guide us to a well? My beloved, the stunning events recorded for us in the book of Exodus show that it’s possible to experience God’s power yet remain spiritually unchanged. To keep that from happening to us, let’s use the sweet memory of yesterday’s miracle to encourage a bigger step of faith today.
The God who made the firmament,
Who made the deepest sea,
The God who put the stars in place,
Is the God who cares for me. – Berg
He who holds the stars in space will not let go of His promises to us.