Have you entered into the springs of the sea, or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been revealed to you, or have you seen the gates of deep darkness? Have you comprehended the expanse of the earth? Declare, if you know all this. Job 38:16-18
If I were asked to identify my favorite chapters of the Bible, the 38th chapter of Job would be in the top 10.
In that chapter, with words poetic and dramatic, the Lord shows He is in control.
Recent events show humans not to be in control. That statement is motivated by the deep-sea collision that took place between British and French submarines. They had the entire Atlantic in which to maneuver, but they still managed to bump bows.
What are the odds? Pretty small, I'd guess. Even so, it happened.
But there's more. The week before, 500 miles above Siberia, a Russian and a United States satellite managed to collide. Those satellites had more room to maneuver than did the submarines. Still, they clobbered each other hard enough to leave a cloud of space debris.
It doesn't make any difference: high or low, we humans don't know everything that is going on around us. This is just one more reason why we need the Lord.
The Lord's omniscient eye sees everything. His omnipotent hand protects us from accidents, pains, bruises, and hurts we never knew were a threat to us.
Divine protection is just one of the many blessings treasured by those who have been given faith in the Savior. When we are brought to the Christ and adopted into the Father's family by the Holy Spirit's power, we are given forgiveness, hope, comfort, a friendly face in heaven, and eternal life.
That's a comfort when things as diverse as submarines and satellites are bumping into each other.
THE PRAYER: Dear Father, we humans think we are wise but we don't even know what is going on around us. I give thanks that You keep a watchful eye on me and offer protection and salvation. For Your gifts of grace, I praise You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries