A powerful message
By bridcf, Aug 1 2020 06:57PM
On Friday night we had some spectacular thunder and lightning over Bridlington. The boys – particularly Joshua – came to watch it at the top of the house with all the lights turned off. They enjoyed the spectacle, although our poor dog did not share their enthusiasm.
Sights and sounds like this reveal something of the tremendous power within nature. But this is not all. These things also remind us of the power of the Creator who made them. As we watch spectacles like lightning storms we should see them as declarations of the greatness, power and splendour of God which are not just intended for His people, but are a powerful message of God’s existence to the whole world.
Psalm 19 directs us to the wonder of God’s creation and the message He has for us there. It tells us that 'the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands' (verse 1) and that 'their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.' (verse 4)
But God’s powerful message in creation is far surpassed by His message to us in the Bible. Here, He reveals Himself as the only One who has the power to forgive and to save men and women from their sin and grant them His eternal life. That is why the message of God’s forgiving power is so precious. Psalm 19 describes the words of God’s message like this: 'They are much more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb. By them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.' (verses 10-11)
A thunderstorm can be a tremendous event demonstrating God’s creating power, but there is nothing more powerful than the person whose life has been brought from the darkness of sin to the light of Christ in salvation by the same God who created the universe. There is nothing more powerful than the person whose life is shaped and transformed by God working through His Word in their hearts and lives. May we be people who know the blessing of God’s power being at work within us as we seek to know and grow in Him more and more through the Word He has given to us.