Meditation on Jeremiah 32:17
Ah, Lord GOD! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.
When you witness the power of God in nature, it is magnificent. Consider the vastness of the universe compared to a microscopic virus living inside your cells. Consider the greatness of an African elephant compared to a newborn kitten. Consider how your heart is beating at this very moment without you even realizing it or doing anything to control it. Consider the great devastation of a tornado or a hurricane compared to the serenity of a light winter’s snow. The complexity of nature and life is beyond even our comprehension. Behind all of these natural events, in all of their complexity and greatness, is one constant. God is sovereign in all of these events. He is the Master of the winds and the seas. He is Master of the creatures in the depths of the oceans and in the heights of the sky. He is Master and Lord of your life and mine. Nothing can thwart His purposes. No death or disobedience of man, no natural disaster, no human power can cause the purposes of God not to come to pass. Nothing is too hard for Him! No sin too black. No heart too hard. His grace is great and his mercy mighty. His calling is effectual–melting even the hardest of human hearts. The only proper response to this great Lord and King and Master is humble reverence and adoration. Let’s all stand together in awe of the Lord of heaven and earth and worship Him for His greatness and worth.
By implication of God’s majesty in creation and all of life, live in light of these truths:
1. God is far greater than anything or anyone you will face (Exodus 15:11, 2 Chronicles 2:5; Psalm 86:8; 135:5)
2. God’s power exceeds your weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)
3. God’s mercy and grace flow from a holy and majestic King who does as he pleases (Exodus 34:6; Psalm 115:3)
4. God is in control (Romans 8:28; 11:36)
5. Christians can fearlessly live in radical obedience to Jesus knowing God is sovereign over all–even death (1 Corinthians 15:54-58)
6. Christians can victoriously flee and fight sin while purposefully pursuing holiness, knowing we are empowered by the LORD of hosts (2 Timothy 2:22; 1 Timothy 6:11; Philippians 2:12-13)
7. Christians can be joyful in the midst of sorrow with unwavering and unshakeable hope in Jesus Christ our Lord (Romans 8:1, 28-39)