A couple weeks ago I saw a sunrise and it reminded me of this passage:
Have you commanded the morning since your days began, and caused the dawn to know its place, that it might take hold of the skirts of the earth, and the wicked be shaken out of it? -Job 38:12-13
It was a beautiful reminder that the God who brought everything into being, put all of creation in its place, and painted that sunrise is the same God who loves me, listens to me, and handles my future.
This week I have been playing El Shaddai by Dogwood & Holly on repeat. El Shaddai (Almighty God) is used when referring to God’s sovereign power over everything. The song questions God’s presence during the tragedies we see on earth. The last part of the song answers:
Where were you, little child, when the world was made?
Who made you, reconciled when the blood was paid?
It was I, El Shaddai, El Shaddai, El Shaddai.
In this world there will most definitely be pain, suffering, heartache, and grief. My troubles may not be understood at the time, but I must allow God the opportunity to show me His glory and power in the midst of struggle.
For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but to the things that are unseen. -2 Corinthians 4:17-18
I rest in the truth that even when the trial on earth is long, nothing can separate me from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. -Romans 8:38-39
Christ’s death and resurrection proves that His love cannot be shut down. He is always with us and nothing can change that. We are free to feel completely safe and protected in Him.
My finite mind cannot understand all the ways of the Lord. Because He is Creator and not me. I was not there when He shouted the galaxies into being and I do not understand the full picture as only He can. He made the world. He caused the dawn to know its place. He commands the morning. Him. He does that. Whom or what should I fear when this God is my God?
This God…He is my God.
And this God…His way is perfect. (Psalm 18:30)