Back when I graduated from college, phones still hung on the wall instead of in our pockets. My first job was as a probation officer in Clearwater, Florida.
My boss was a no-nonsense businessman. Here’s the thing — we had an hour for lunch. My boss would leave for lunch and return at his leisure. I knew him well enough to know he did not waste time, but still it made me think about how the boss can go to lunch whenever he wants — and come back when he wants because, well, he’s the boss. He does not answer to me.
How much more with the God of the universe. He spoke the world into being and sustains it with a word. As I await hurricane Florence’s arrival here in North Carolina, I think of when Jesus slept through a storm and his disciples said in Mark 4:41,
“Who is this? Even the wind and the waves obey him!” (NIV)
Sometimes I question God. Don’t understand how He functions. In my puny brain, I think I can run the world better.
It’s like an ant shaking his tiny ant fist at an NFL lineman — except worse.
In Isaiah 45:5-6, Jehovah is speaking to rebellious Israel. Scripture says this:
I am the LORD, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. I will strengthen you, though you have not acknowledged me, so that from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting people may know there is none besides me.” (NIV)
God is all-powerful, all-knowing, and absolutely unique. He is beyond all we can imagine or comprehend.
Yet, He reached down to me and grabbed my tiny ant fist. Cradled me with His loving arms. Sent His Son, The Lord Jesus Christ to pay the penalty I deserved for my rebellious soul.
He is The Good Shepherd, the Alpha and Omega, My Savior, My Redeemer. He is The Bread of Life, my Great High Priest, The Lamb of God, Messiah.
He is The Son of God. There is no one like Him.
And He does what He pleases.
And He was pleased to come as a baby, lead a sinless life, die a gruesome death to be raised from to life so that I could share His inheritance throughout eternity.
Check out this passage from Romans 5:6-8:
“You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous person, though for a good person someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”
Kind of makes you marvel, doesn’t it? That the God of the universe cares deeply about us.
Makes me want to get low and worship Him today.
How about you?
Copyright © 2018 Pauline Hylton, used with permission.