"A Mighty Great God"
September 13, 2017
Isaiah 40:28 - Have you not known? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable.
They tell me that Hurricane Harvey killed more than 60 people, caused damage which has been estimated to be as high as $180 billion, and dropped more than 40 inches of rain upon certain locations.
They tell me Hurricane Irma is the most powerful Atlantic hurricane in recorded history. They say it is so powerful it is shaking the earthquake seismograph machines. Irma is generating winds of 185-plus miles per hour, and heaven help the place where it comes on land.
Although I've heard the reports and I've seen the videos, I have to confess I don't understand that kind of power.
They tell me one of the strongest forces in the universe is a super-massive black hole. For example, computer models say the super black hole of the M87 galaxy weighs about as much as 6.4 billion of our suns. They say anything which gets close to that monster will be sucked in, and it won't be coming out in the immediate future.
Although I've tried to read and understand all of this about the power of a black hole, I have to confess I really can't wrap my mind around facts and figures that are so immense and intimidating. Simply stated, I don't understand that kind of power. And just as simply stated, nobody else does either.
It is possible to stand in awe and wonder of such forces, but we cannot completely, thoroughly, understand them.
All of which leads me to ask, if we cannot understand the forces of creation which are perceivable and, theoretically speaking, measurable, why is it so many people think they can easily comprehend the mind and discern the motive of the great Creator? Still that is what happens after every cataclysmic event. People demand to know, "Why has God done, or allowed, such a thing to happen?"
It's highly unlikely we could understand even if the Lord sat us down and explained His thinking in depth.
Let me ask, do you understand why:
• the Lord would want to rescue Adam and Eve after they had just rejected Him to follow the advice of a serpent?
• He would send His innocent Son to carry the sins of every person who has ever lived?
• He still cares for us even though we daily sin often?
Truly, God's ways are not ours; we cannot understand them. All we can do is thank and praise, serve and obey Him because He cares so very much.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, we give thanks that You cannot be defined or contained by man's measurements. Truly, Your love, grace, care, and compassion are things to be praised, honored, and appreciated. May we do so in the Name of Jesus who is Your greatest gift to us. Amen.
The above devotion was inspired by a number of sources, including one written by Jon Sharman for the Independent on September 6, 2017. Those who wish to reference that article may do so at the following link, which was fully functional at the time this devotion was written: click here.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries