We are boats in a vast sea of negative waters. Where is our strength in this dark hole that surrounds us? Our vessel, whether a raft, boat, or simple piece of wood keeping us from completely going under is in the light of our father. This ocean of darkness is against us yes; but, as John 4:4 says, “The one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.”
Our God is greater. No form of darkness, no weapon, not a single enemy will ever prosper before me. Darkness will be darkness but light will always be seen shining regardless of how dark it may seem.
An entire sea of water can’t sink a ship unless it gets inside the ship. Similarly, the negativity of the world can’t put you down unless you allow it to get inside you.
Can King David tell us how great God is?
King David is one of the best examples of someone whom understood the light of the Lord. In many of the Psalms that David wrote he cried out to God. The words and feeling of his speech let us know that he was not a believer in the views of the world. Psalms 38:4 states: “My guilt has overwhelmed me like a burden to heavy to bear.” In this verse we can hear the anguish and almost see that David was caught under the weight of his own guilt. We can see that King David dealt with very heavy emotions but we can also see that David knew how much greater God was compared to his sorrows.
We see in Psalm 5:2 David says “hear my cry for help…” and the next piece, being one of many favorites of mine, “my king and my God, to you I pray.” David is crying for help but he knows that the one he calls will answer. The connection between King David and God was that of a close father and son. God tells us that David is a man after his own heart in Acts 13:22 and I believe that it is because of David’s faith. No matter the circumstance, and no matter how he feels, God will always provide, will always be there with him and will never fail him.
Another example is Psalm 13:2 when David lets us know that he wrestles with his thoughts and has sorrow in his heart. He also spoke of his many enemies and foes in Psalm 3:1-2. Regardless of these fleeting emotions David understands the glory of God and displays his knowledge of this many times’ over. “But, LORD, you are my shield, my wonderful God who gives me courage.” (Psalm 3:3)
Is He still great today?
God is definitely still great even now. The creator of all things knows how his creation works and, even more so, a father knows best what his child needs. We are like coal in the ground with no real value when put in just any hands. Our value greatly increases in the hands of someone that knows what to do. Currently we are crushed and the impurities are being pressed out so we can become the best version of ourselves. Many times’ life seems overwhelming and bleak but as 2 Corinthians 4:8-10 says “We are afflicted in every way, but not crushed; perplexed, but not driven to despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying in the body the death of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus may also be manifested in our bodies.” With gentle hands our father picks us up when we fall and catches us in his arms as we cry out. As parents, we never want our children to get hurt and at the same time, since we have all been children, we know that a child will fall when learning to walk, fall when learning to ride a bike, fall when learning to skate. Falling is a part of the process and is needed in order to understand how to soften the blow or not fall.
Imagine if you will… You have always been the best at riding a bike and never once fell as a child. That would be great wouldn’t it? Now say there is a bump in the road and you fall off as an adult. You never fell so you don’t know how to catch yourself or that it isn’t the best idea to land on your wrist. Falling, though not fun, is very helpful in teaching us how to fall smarter instead of harder.
How do I know?
Our God is all knowing and understands what will trip us up. He says is Jeremiah 29:11 that he knows the plans he has for us “plans to prosper you and not to harm you.” There are so many verses that tell us that God is great and being one who did not grow up in church I was skeptical because I wanted to see God’s greatness in the now. It was so unbelievably overwhelming feeling the greatness of God. I woke up and realized the air in my lungs has been given by him, my legs and arms work due to his grace. The two fatal car accidents I was in showed his greatness in such a way that I am still in awe. Accidents where I should have been crushed or badly injured and not even a scratch. If I were in the right frame of mind at the time I would have loved to get a picture of the officer that just happened to be driving by at the time because he was more shocked than I was. God’s love is forever and the amount of love that he has for us is one of the many reasons to why he is so great.
Any experiences that let you know why God is great? I’d love to hear about them! Sharing life and building community is one of my favorite reasons for writing. I would love to hear your stories!