Contend Earnestly: Ocean Reflection

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Ocean Reflection

We come to Seaside, OR every year for our family vacation and every year I am reminded how small I am as I stand at the ocean's edge. As my wife and I were sitting watching our children and the waves breaking behind them, we were in awe of our God. We just sat and started to chat about how big and how great God is if the ocean is even a small reflection of the power and awesomeness of our Creator. Even more so, to realize that the ocean's beauty is in the midst of a fallen world and not even as great as it could have been, is amazing to think of. What beauty awaits us in heaven?

This time reminded me of God's questions posed to Job:

Then the Lord answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
“Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge?
“Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!
“Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth?
Tell Me, if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements? Since you know.
Or who stretched the line on it?
“On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When the morning stars sang together
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?
“Or who enclosed the sea with doors
When, bursting forth, it went out from the womb;
When I made a cloud its garment
And thick darkness its swaddling band,
And I placed boundaries on it
And set a bolt and doors,
And I said, ‘Thus far you shall come, but no farther;
And here shall your proud waves stop’?

“Have you ever in your life commanded the morning,
And caused the dawn to know its place,
That it might take hold of the ends of the earth,
And the wicked be shaken out of it?
“It is changed like clay under the seal;
And they stand forth like a garment.
“From the wicked their light is withheld,
And the uplifted arm is broken.
“Have you entered into the springs of the sea
Or walked in the recesses of the deep?
“Have the gates of death been revealed to you,
Or have you seen the gates of deep darkness?
“Have you understood the expanse of the earth?
Tell Me, if you know all this.
Job 38:1-18

Read the whole chapter here


Brian Krieger said...

Amen, great thoughts!

The bottom picture reminds me of how much my daughter teaches me the same (and how wonderfully goofy she is) without really knowing it.

TL said...

long sleeve shirts?
where are you? off the coast of the bering sea?
bro, come to the gulf coast, where the sands are silky and white and the water temp is like a warm bath.
i'm just hatin cuz i'm jealous.

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