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A Word For Those Who Are Pressed Out Of Measure
"It was a common saying even among the Greeks - He that sets up to be another god ought first to make another world. While the heathen worship gods that they made, we worship the God that made us and all things." - Matthew Henry
It's an understood fact that - even after much study and research - we still do not know much about our God.
The Scriptures declare - "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!"(Romans 11:33).
We read in Job 26:14 - "Lo, these are parts of His ways: but how little a portion is heard of Him? but the thunder of His power who can understand?"
"Lo, these are parts of His ways" - In other words, these are only a small portion, an outline, a surface, the end, extremity, small part, or an indistinct sketch of His many ways, works, or mighty doings of His eternal power, wisdom, and Godhead - by which He makes Himself known to the children of men.
God is so infinite and incomprehensible. Our understanding of Him is very weak and shallow.
We can readily agree with the verse which attests - "...how little a portion is heard of Him?"
The utmost force and extent of His power is yet to be discovered by us. We are simply working with a faint whisper in comparison to the words fully spoken - "... but the thunder of His power who can understand?"
At this time, God is seemingly speaking to us in a soft and gentle whisper. But, which one of us would not be greatly moved and impressed - if not totally overwhelmed - with a sense of His awesome greatness and glory if He would dare to speak to us in the full voice of His "thunder"?
Again, we are asked in Job 36:29 - "Also can any understand the spreadings of the clouds, or the noise of His tabernacle?"
It does us much good to reflect on the fact that our God is so far above us, and we are so far beneath Him. He is Eternal, and we are so mortal.
Which of us could possibly understand something that we simply take for granted each day - the "spreadings of the clouds"?
Here, we read of the "clouds" spreading themselves as a curtain, canopy, tent, or pavilion for the heavens - the dwelling place of God. But which of us can really understand the manner in which they expand or unfold themselves on the sky? In our studies, all we can do is come away in awe of this infinitely Great Lord - the Supreme Director of all - Who indeed has all Power in heaven and in earth.
We have the same reaction when we reflect on the "noise of His tabernacle" - "...can any understand...the noise of His tabernacle?" The claps and peals of His mighty thunder leave us in perfect awe of such a Sovereign Being.
And what about the "many waters" and "mighty waves of the sea" which He is greater than and able to control - "The LORD on high is mightier than the noise of many waters, yea, than the mighty waves of the sea"(Psalm 93:4)?
He is more powerful than all of the many, mighty billows and breakers of the sea. In fact, they are at His absolute command. As rapid, emphatic, and forcible they may appear, they can only go as far as He allows. They are constantly at His command.
Here we derive the picture of the horrible tempest that oftentimes threatens the believer in his walk with the Lord. These "many waters" and "mighty waves of the sea" are typical of the countless tumults that arise in our hearts - threatening our inner peace and stealing our joy. Our souls are thrown into inordinate fears and total disorder as a result. That is, until we focus on the power and majesty of our God - Who is in absolute control of the storms of life. He reigns triumphantly where "even the wind and the sea obey Him"(Mark 4:41). Hence, all those who place their trust in Him have nothing to fear.
This day, the Holy Spirit wants to remind you, O weary Christian, that your God is in control of your storm. He is above it all...mightier...the Most High...more powerful...and greater in strength than those "waters" - that are seemingly endeavoring to drown you in your Faith.
You need not fear. Jesus is your immovable anchor. Though your ship be tossed and turned violently by the winds, you will not be destroyed by the storm.
Remember - "The LORD on high is mightier..." Get a grip on the Word of God this day, and let it get a hold on you.
Psalm 104:7 assures us - "At Thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of Thy thunder they hasted away."
Who is in control here? Is is Satan? Absolutely not!
It is at the command of our God - His "rebuke" - that demons flee in great alarm and fright. It is at the "voice of Thy thunder" that circumstances rapidly turn around for the good of all those who love the Lord and are "called according to His purpose"((Romans 8:28).
You may be thinking - Where is God in all of this? All I can sense is the darkness that surrounds me and blinds me from His wonderful light and presence.
The Scriptures tell us in Psalm 77:18 - "The voice of Thy thunder was in the heaven.." What this is saying to us is that the mighty "voice" of God is heard in the raging storm or whirlwind. Hence, it is in the very midst of the storm when He waits to speak a "word in season" to us. In fact, some "words" can only be "captured" or heard while being in the "eye of the storm."
That is why He tells us in Psalm 46:10 - "Be still, and know that I am God..." There is no need to "be still" in a peaceful setting. That is an understood reaction. However, in the midst of the fiercest of storms is when such a word applies.
In Jeremiah 10:13 , we read - "When He uttereth His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens..." This verse is actually referring to the sound of thunder - followed by the abundance of rain.
But, how does this apply to us?
We have already seen that the "voice" of God's "thunder" is heard in the raging storm. What follows the "thunder" is the rain.
So it is in our lives. As we find ourselves in the fiercest of spiritual storms, we can expect two results. We can expect to hear a "word" from God as well as anticipate "showers of blessings" to follow.
Satan would tell you that that storm which you are presently experiencing is meant to break you. But God has another plan. It's in the very midst of the storm where He will speak to you. Then out of it will follow abundance of blessings - spiritual, physical, financial, emotional, etc.
Remember, in the beginning of this message, we spoke of only knowing "parts of His ways" and of hearing only a "portion" of Him?
Who can really understand the ways of our God?
We truly grasp only an indistinct sketch of His eternal power and Godhead as seen in His creation.
One thing is for sure - We can trust Him.
And if we can trust Him, then we need never fear.
He is in absolute control of our lives.
Yes, even when we find ourselves in the fiercest of storms.
May God Bless His Word.