1 God Is Greater Than Our Circumstances by Lonnie C. Crowe We truly serve an awesome, wonderful God. When we consider Him and the works of His hands, our hearts may be so overcome with His splendor, that often we can utter only, “Ah-h-h, Lord God, how wonderful You are.” We also live in a confusing, frustrating and exasperating world. When we allow the chaos to overwhelm us, we lose our sense of awe and wonder just as the Old Testament patriarch Job did when he suffered not only great personal loss, but also the imprudent counsel of his associates. In Job 36-37, Elihu challenges Job to rediscover the power of God in the power and orderliness of nature. Paul confirms the thought that nature manifests the power of God in Romans 1:20a,“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead” (NKJV) In an expression of His power, God spoke to Job from a whirlwind and declared His sovereignty over the forces of nature. God does not create anything that is greater than Himself. We can be comforted in the knowledge that God is more powerful than the storm, has set the boundaries of the seas, has placed the constellations in the heavens, feeds both the lions and the raven, is stronger than the behemoth and can snare the great monster of the sea, the leviathan. The words of the Lord brought Job back into a sense of awe and wonder at the power and majesty of his God. Job spoke in repentance, “I have uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” (Job 42:3 NKJV) In our nation and in the world, we are experiencing difficult times. The headlines are frequently frightening. We feel unsettled and anxious about the future. The economy is unstable; North Korea is experimenting with nuclear power; we have made no headway in settling the crisis in the Middle East; we are threatened with a pandemic of swine flu. We reel in a whirlwind of chaos, In that whirlwind, it is imperative that we listen to the voice of the Almighty. God is the same yesterday, today and forevermore. He is still more powerful than the storm surging around us. The apostle Paul encouraged Timothy when he wrote, “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” (2 Timothy 1:7 NKJV) Through His indwelling Holy Spirit, God enables us to walk in His love, His power, and His soundness of mind. David sang in Psalm 37:25, “ I have been young, and am old; Yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken, or his descendants begging bread.” (NKJV) Jesus said, “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6-7 NKJV) Paul wrote a confirming word to the Philippians. When we offer up to God a sacrifice of praise, “My God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NKJV) Be encouraged. God desires to bless, to protect and to provide for His children in the midst of and, in spite of, the turmoil in our world. This is not a time to despair, but a time to rejoice in the power, authority and majesty of our God.
â€œNow to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, to God our Savior, Who alone is wise, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and forever.â€? Amen. (Jude 24-25 NKJV)