Powerful God

Jan. 11, 2020

Scripture Readings

In Psalm 8, David sings the praises of our mighty God. “When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers – the moon and the stars you set in place – what are mere mortals that you should think about them.” He goes on praising the God who created the flocks and the herds, wild animals, birds and fish, marvelling at the majesty of God. 

Matthew 9 describes several instances when Jesus healed – he raised a young girl from death to life, healed a woman who had been bleeding for 12 years, restored sight to two blind men and gave a voice to a man rendered mute by demons. The same God who created the universe cared about the physical ailments of everyday humans. It seems incredible that details like these mattered to the one who was there when the earth was created. Yet they did matter, and he intervened, with compassion and love.

The passage in Genesis tells the story of Abraham’s servant on the hunt for a wife for Isaac. The servant prayed very specifically, and God answered every detail. Surely the God who keeps the stars in place has more on his mind than a love story, yet Genesis confirms that those details were also of interest and importance to God. 

This God - the one who created all that is, healed those who suffered, helped a servant find his master’s son a bride - this God is the one we serve. In a world full of uncertainty and chaos, he is the one in control. His purposes will not be thwarted despite our inability to understand all that he allows. Yet, this God is also the one who hears the unvoiced anguish of his people and cares. He is the one for whom no detail is too small and no issue inconsequential. He invites us to share our lives with him, and he longs to bless us.

Today, as you reflect on these passages, I invite you to ponder the wonder of a God who is huge and powerful, but also deeply concerned with your details. He is worthy of our praise and our trust and our service. Let’s join with the psalmist as he cries, “O Lord, Our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth.”

Karen Vine

Family Ministries Team Leader and Foothills Alliance Elder