Saturday, May 26, 2012

Boundaries

 5Who laid the foundations of the earth, that it should not be removed for ever.
 6Thou coveredst it with the deep as with a garment: the waters stood above the mountains.
 7At thy rebuke they fled; at the voice of thy thunder they hasted away.
 8They go up by the mountains; they go down by the valleys unto the place which thou hast founded for them.
 9Thou hast set a bound that they may not pass over; that they turn not again to cover the earth. 

Boundaries

In our first devotion on Psalm 104, we read the beautiful description the psalmist gave of God in His throne room, actively ordering the physical nature of this world in which we live. We discovered that God's servants, the angels, are actively doing His will on our behalf.  As we continue through Psalm 104, we discover that God, our First Love, not only created this world out of nothing, but He also sets boundaries.

Imagine, God laid the foundations of the earth so that it will not be moved. What foundations? Job 26, verse 7, tells us,
7  He stretches out the north over empty space;
      He hangs the earth on nothing. (Job 26:7, New King James Version)
God hung the earth on nothing, yet it does not move from the boundaries given to it by God.

God did not create an empty earth, did He? He covered it beautifully--even the deepest places on earth are covered by the seas, which stay withing the boundaries given to them by God. Yet at just the voice of God, His rebuke would send the waters scurrying over all they earth, up by the mountains and down by the valleys. Indeed, that is exactly what happened when the flood waters covered this planet. After the flood, God set boundaries for the seas that they may not pass over, for He has promised that never again will He cover the earth with a flood.
12 And God said: “This is the sign of the covenant which I make between Me and you, and every living creature that is with you, for perpetual generations: 13 I set My rainbow in the cloud, and it shall be for the sign of the covenant between Me and the earth. 14 It shall be, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the rainbow shall be seen in the cloud; 15 and I will remember My covenant which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; the waters shall never again become a flood to destroy all flesh. 16 The rainbow shall be in the cloud, and I will look on it to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.” 17 And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.” (Genesis 9:12-17, New King James Version)
It is easy for us to read such passages and discount them due to our familiarity with them. However, these are promises that God made to man. He did not say that He would not destroy this earth, but He did say that never again will a flood cover the entire earth. Notice that God said He will remember His covenant with man whenever you see a rainbow in the clouds. Remember that the next time you see a rainbow!

We know from other portions of the Bible, that God has set boundaries on man as well. For the believer, God's boundaries are a safety net, keeping us from evil. When difficult days come, we must remember that they are measured by the Lord and are sent for a specific purpose. He will not send us more than we can bear, but will graciously walk with us through the valleys, bringing us safely to the other side. 

What an amazing God we serve. He did not create this world and then walk away. Rather He orders all nature so that nothing is done apart from His commands. Though He does not restrict all evil, for Satan is certainly active in his desire to destroy this world and all of its inhabitants, God guides His children through Satan's maze of deceptions.

Go to God today; do not be afraid to cast all of your being at His feet, for He is truly worthy of all of our love and worship!

God Bless You,
Linda


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