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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

I love it! The God of glory thunders

Posted by Gary on July 9, 2012

Psalm 29:3  “…The God of glory thunders…”

Job 40:9 “…do you have an arm like God, and can you thunder with a voice like His?”

You’ve got to see this footage from a recent Texas Rangers game. At the top of the fourth inning lightning strikes with a thunder that drives one player to all fours and umpires and players run off the field in fear.

Minnesota Twin Denard Span Tweeted after the game, “That’s the loudest noise I’ve ever heard. I thought Jesus was comin!”

Watching these  events I couldn’t help but think of Scripture’s description of unsaved man and his reaction to the appearance of Jesus:

Revelation 6:15-17 “Then the kings of the earth and the great men and the commanders and the rich and the strong and every slave and free man hid themselves in the caves and among the rocks of the mountains; and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, “Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb; for the great day of their wrath has come, and who is able to stand?”

Peter tells us that the seeming delay in Jesus’ return is linked to His patience and His desire for men to repent and be saved (2 Peter 3:9). Man’s response to Christ’s graciousness is an increasing irreverence toward the Son of God. We plunge ourselves deeper into the sin that offends the holy God. It would appear that we do not fear God at all.

This mere thunderclap from heaven dropped a man to his knees and sent many fleeing. Let me assure you, this demonstration of power is nearly nothing compared to what God is capable of. God merely lifts His finger and men tremble. What will we do on the day when He roars from heaven? Watch this three minute video and heed the command of the angel of Revelation:

Revelation 14:7  “Fear God, and give Him glory…”

He causes it to happen

Posted by Gary on September 13, 2008

It is hurricane season and it appears to be an active one. These powerful storms cause wonder and sometimes destruction and death. It is always interesting to listen to the prognostication of the experts as hurricanes threaten to make contact with land.

Tracks and models hold before us the potential path of the storm sometimes ten or more models are established, “It could go this way or perhaps turn that way or all-together head back out to sea.” We do our best and we are thankful for those who watch over these things to help us. But who decides where these storms will go? More foundationally, why do they happen? The Bible speaks clearly to us about these matters. Are we willing to listen?

Job 37:5-13 “God thunders with His voice wondrously, Doing great things which we cannot comprehend. For to the snow He says, ‘Fall on the earth,’ And to the downpour and the rain, ‘Be strong.’ He seals the hand of every man, that all men may know His work. Then the beast goes into its lair and remains in its den. Out of the south comes the storm, and out of the north the cold. From the breath of God ice is made, and the expanse of the waters is frozen. Also with moisture He loads the thick cloud; He disperses the cloud of His lightning. It changes direction, turning around by His guidance, that it may do whatever He commands it on the face of the inhabited earth. Whether for correction, or for His world, or for lovingkindness, He causes it to happen.”

I am afraid that the god of many is a white-haired old man who is very well-intentioned but unable to bring about what He wants. He intends so much good but the devil and man just seem to always defeat His purposes. He speaks but no one is listening, He threatens but never carries out. He is a god to be pitied, not worshipped. But this is not the God of the Bible who says this about Himself:

Isaiah 46:9-10 “Remember the former things long past, for I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times things which have not been done, saying, ‘My purpose will be established, and I will accomplish all My good pleasure…'”

Isaiah 43:13 “Even from eternity I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?”

God is great. He controls His world including you and me. Let us humble ourselves before Him in wonder and gratitude. Do you know the sovereign God?