What a reminder Lord, that You are in control.
You cause and relieve famines. The lives of every person in the world, and every animal, are in Your hands. You also control the beasts, whether they are calm and docile, or whether they attack and kill. You control armies, the leaders who deploy them, and the outcome of the battles – who lives, and who dies. And You control disease, outbreaks, plagues; and who lives or dies by them.
All these things You used against the Israelites. And it is the same today. All these things are still in Your hands.
“Who can proclaim the mighty acts of The Lord or fully declare his praise?” There is no one. The full extent and measure of Your power is beyond my ability to comprehend.
I have seen great storms of such powerful strength that houses and trees are uprooted. You are more powerful.
I have watched rushing waters tear up highways and destroy homes and shopping centers. Your strength is greater.
I have seen the limits people will go to, to forgive a wrong that has harmed them greatly. Yet Your forgiveness goes farther.
I have seen the deep love of a mother for her new child, willing to sacrifice all for that child. Yet Your love is deeper and greater in every way.
I cannot measure the breadth of Your mercy. And I cannot fathom the depths of Your wrath. This is both reassuring and terrifying. I am reassured that there is nothing, absolutely nothing, that is beyond Your control. That means I have nothing to fear.
I am blessed by Your love, Your mercy, Your forgiveness, Your provision. Even when I mess up, You have provided for that, and I can be reconciled to You. And I am assured of my salvation.
But the depths of Your wrath will be released one day. Because You are just, You must judge. And the very security I have, that all things are in Your control, will be the terror of those who have rejected You.
I “give thanks to you, Lord, for You are good; Your love endures forever”. Amen
Ezekiel 14:12-23; Psalm 106:1-12