Scripture for Today: Job 37: 3, 5 “Under the whole heaven He lets it loose, and His lightnings to the ends of the earth. God thunders with His voice wondrously, doing great things which we cannot comprehend.”
It was quite the show! The storm woke us with peals of rolling thunder and flashes of light that lit up our room at the Mesa Verde National Park. We must have watched it for a good hour, marveling at the force and grandeur of that storm! As it moved overhead, we jumped at the deafening cracks of thunder and the room even seemed to shake! How thankful we were not to be outside in it. We felt safe and protected.
Today’s verse likens thunder to God’s mighty voice. The fear that a clap of thunder can evoke is the fear I ought to feel at God’s powerful Word. The Law was given to the Israelites in the midst of thunder and lightning. It inspired such fear in the people that they insisted that Moses approach God in their place. It is that fear which leads to obedience and wisdom (Psalm 111:10).
There are times that I lose that sense of fear at God’s greatness. But all it takes to remind me is a huge storm that unleashes its fury! God is bigger than the biggest storm. His power transcends everything! I am so thankful that my fear of Him does not include fear of punishment! Jesus took on Himself all the condemnation I deserve. But my fear of Him is one that inspires knee-bending awe of His greatness and power. His thunderous mighty voice reminds me just how small and powerless I am. And His voice is accomplishing so much I do not understand.
Thank you Lord, that I can trust Your voice.