We know all about the tides and their timetables. We know all about how the moon can affect those tides. But what we do not know is why the ocean stops at a particular beach and goes no further. I often think of this fact as I walk along a shore. With all our knowledge and scientific discoveries, there is so much we do not know. The immense expanse of the ocean just seems to “know” to what point it should flow. We do not give it a thought but build beautiful homes close by in total confidence that the ocean will go so far and no further.
Today’s verse is not just poetry. God Himself sets the boundaries the oceans are not to cross. The ocean is His creation and He is sovereign over it. There is nothing that is out of His ultimate control. As this verse says, the ocean waters have in the past covered the earth. Perhaps this is referring to the time of creation (Genesis 1:9). Or it may be referring to the time of worldwide flood in the days of Noah (Genesis 7:11). In either case, God sets boundaries.
The Lord sets boundaries in my life as well. He has promised that I will not be tested above and beyond what I can handle (I Cor. 10:13). He will always provide a way. Those waves coming at me will not engulf me. Just as the Lord placed limits on Satan in his temptation of Job (Job 1:12), so my God is faithful to me. I can trust Him. The water may look dangerously close, but my powerful Creator is closer still!
Thank you Lord, for Your loving control of today!
(Look familiar? This is a re-post due to summer ministry schedule.)