God spoke to me from deep within my heart. He speaks to us every day but we don’t always recognize His voice or hear Him nor notice that He is speaking to us. Like the flood, typhoon or whatever calamities that come in our lives through problems, since our problems are our natural calamities, He directly speak to us through real physical destruction: typhoons, hurricanes, tornadoes, flood, earthquakes, fire, plagues that destroy our crops, properties…and even our physical body.
DEVOTION:Psalms 29: 1-11 says,
1 Ascribe to the Lord, O mighty ones, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength.
2 Ascribe to the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.
3 The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.
4 The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is majestic.
5 The voice of the Lord breaks the cedars of Lebanon.
6 He makes Lebanon skip like a calf, Sirion like a young wild ox.
7 The voice of the Lord strikes with flashes of lightning.
8 The voice of the Lord shakes the desert; the Lord shakes the Desert of Kadesh.
9 The voice of the Lord twists the oaks and strips the forests bare.
And in his temple all cry, “Glory!”
10 The Lord sits enthroned over the flood; the Lord is enthroned as King forever.
11 The Lord gives strength to his people; the Lord blesses His people.
We are powerless but God is powerful, we have a powerful God. We are created to give unto the Lord glory, strength and worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.What make Him beautiful is not the physical qualities but His holiness. However, we tend to be proud because we also wanted to be glorified and worshipped (fame, acceptance, and self-gratification). That is why God disciplined, warned, remind us by directly speaking to us through flood, typhoon, earthquake, thunder, fire…For instance, in the days of Noah, the voice of God is over the waters.
V.4 …the voice of the Lord is powerful. The voice of the Lord is full of majesty.
In verse 5, it mentioned that the voice of the Lord breaks the cedars. Cedar is a tree. When a strong typhoon strikes, it can even pull out the roots of a strong tree, struck it down and break it.
In Exodus 14: 21, it mentioned that though Moses stretched his hand over the sea, it was not his power that drove the sea back with the strong east wind and turned it into dry land but it was God’s hand.And if that east wind was used to show God’s power and majesty, He could also use another east wind to strike a nation for example like what had happened to Visayas especially to Tacloban City which was devastated by an east wind so that He could show He’s in control. He is all powerful. Since He is a just God, He disciplined us if we deem to be disciplined.
In verse 7, “the voice of the Lord divides the flames of fire.” Volcanoes may be sleeping but God could also speak through them. Here in my current city (Davao), the biggest/ largest city in Asia, the people are confident because it does not experienced great typhoon or earthquake. However, here lies the highest and the largest elevated volcano in my country. One eruption could blow the whole city and cover it up.
In verse 8, “the voice of the Lord shakes the desert…”Earthquake is unpredictable. What nation could boast and say, “I am great!” when she’d be shaken, ifits foundations tremble and if all on her surface breaks and fall apart? When Japan was struck by Tsunami, its high technology was not able to fully control the destruction. God resist the proud but gives grace to the humble. When He sees that we are not depending on Him because we thought we already are great and have everything, He will punish, discipline or reprimand us because He loves us. He will show His supremacy over to us since without Him, we are nothing.
Nevertheless, let us not lose hope. All this natural calamities and disasters will really come to pass but God himself as faithful, loving, gracious and merciful as He is has promised that He’ll give us feet like that of a deer. He mentioned it three times in separate scriptures. See 2 Samuel 22:34; Psalms 18:33; Habakkuk 3:19. They all says, “He makes my feet like the feet of deer, and sets me on high places.”
What is the feet of the deer looked like or why does our Father wants us to have the feet like the deer’s? Simply because its feet is designed to climb even the highest mountains gracefully! In a way He wanted us to walk, run or climb in a graceful manner; He also wanted us to climb not just at the foot of the mountain, but onits peak! We are not the tail, but the head. Through His Son Jesus Christ we are victorious by the blood of the lamb, by His own son’s blood!
That is why if we do say “REJOICE IN THE LORD ALWAYS.” we must not grimace if we are in pain or in distress if problems or worries besets us as if we have a weak and useless God because certainly we have a strong and powerful God who is in control. “Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS” means in pain or in gain.In the book “The Purpose Driven Life” written by Rick Warren, he mentioned that “Problems force you to focus on God, draw you closer to others in fellowship, build Christ-like character, provide you with a ministry, and give you a testimony. Every problem is purpose-driven.”
MEDITATE:Psalms 127:1 says, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.”
They are new every morning, great is thy faithfulness!