Wednesday, July 7, 2010

God's Might

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Good Evening to All!

Today's Seed: "How great is God--beyond our understanding! See how He scatters his lightning about him, bathing the depths of the sea. This is the way he governs the nations and provides food in abundance. He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark. His thunder announces the coming storm."
Job 36:26a, 30-33a

These verses are the first stanza of a hymn of praise for god's power. God's power and might is so amazing it is beyond our ability to understand. But anyone who has ever been outside during a storm has felt the power of thunder. Can you imagine being able to harness it in your bare hand? God fills his hands with lightning! He scatters it wherever he wants it to go.

God made the earth by his power, and he controls all the forces of nature. He alone has the power and ability to accomplish whatever he wills. He rules forever with his might. Yet he graciously stoops to use his power to help his children. By sending rain, God nourishes the land and it produces crops to feed us. God uses his power in three different ways to show his love, to punish, and for his own pleasure.

The same power that gives rain, ushers in the winter, and flashes the lightning is available to us. The Old Testament speaks of the power of the Lord" coming upon individuals. Through the Holy Spirit, our God of Might grants supernatural strength to us when we are in need.

Think about how your heart pounds at the sight and sound of thunder and lightning. Compare this to the voice of God. His voice has dominion and power over all the earth. Imagine how our hearts will pound in heaven when we first hear his thundering voice!

Dig Deeper: The Hebrew word for "command," tsawah, means make firm, establish, or decree. Although the word is used here for God commanding nature, it can also be used for a father giving instruction to a son, a farmer delegating orders to workers, and a king speaking decrees to subjects. With the ease that humans issue orders to subordinates, God controls nature.

eed & Water: As believers we can expect great things because of God's power at work within us. The same mighty strength that raised Jesus from the dead gives life to our bodies and spirits. The next time you are struggling with difficulties, think about what comes after the storm: clearing skies and brilliant sun. This too is symbolic our our God's golden splendor and awesome majesty.

Sprout & Scatter:
When the next electrical storm threatens, gather your family and read Job 36:26-33 to them. Talk about the images of God holding the lightning, scattering it, and bathing the sea with it. Watch the storm together from a safe spot. Ask your children to draw or paint an illustration of these verses, if your family has musical interests, make up a song using these verses.

ink about it: Name some ways God shows his power.

How does knowing God controls nature make you feel about his control of your problems

Prayer Pot:
Dear God, how great you are. I am impressed by your... (Insert your thoughts).

Take-Away Idea:
The God who holds lightning in his hands is the God who fills his heart with love for you.

Good Night and May God Bless!

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