Friday, August 24, 2012

The Fleeing Sea

 3The sea saw it, and fled: Jordan was driven back.
 4The mountains skipped like rams, and the little hills like lambs.
 5What ailed thee, O thou sea, that thou fleddest? thou Jordan, that thou wast driven back?
 6Ye mountains, that ye skipped like rams; and ye little hills, like lambs? 
(Psalm 114:3-6, King James Version)

The Fleeing Sea

The fleeing sea was but a trifle in the hands of the Almighty Creator. The entire universe was created by just the spoken word, yet all of Creation knows its Master; it is only man who refuses to believe the obvious truth displayed before him.

Such was also the case in the time Christ Jesus walked upon this earth. The disciples, to whom the story of the mighty Exodus was commonly known, stared in amazement when Christ Jesus, simply by His words stilled the Galilean Sea.
 38And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?
 39And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.
 40And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (Mark 4:38-40, King James Version)
No wonder Jesus pointedly asked, "How is it that ye have no faith?" As God miraculously led His people away from the land of Egypt, there were no barriers to their progress. No mountain was too high, nor no body of water too big for God Almighty. Like sheep, He patiently led His people toward the land of promise.

With such an heritage, surely the children of Israel must have exhibited great faith. Yet, that was not the case. No sooner did one miraculous event pass on by than we saw the people again complaining against God. How many times they complained, "Oh that we had just remained in Egypt!"

Do we do the same thing to God today? Though we profess faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, are we quick to grumble and complain about God's providential leading in our own lives? Are our mountains of opposition too high for God, or are the depths of the seas of our disappointments too deep or too long for God to safely maneuver us through?

Too long has the church of God floundered in the face of the worldliness of our day. Too long have we allowed unbelievers to dictate ungodly laws that are then forced upon us. Too long has our weak faith caused us to compromise the great standards of faith which have been set by God Himself.

Is our God's arm too shortened to save us? Is the Lord Jesus Christ too weak to stand before our enemies? No! This same God spoken of in Psalm 114 is our God. Before Him is the fleeing sea; before Him are the skipping mountains.

As we are chided in Hebrews 12, let us lift up the hands which hang down, and the feeble knees. For our God is able to save His children from all of the storms of this life. There is nothing too strong or too hard for God to accomplish on our behalf.

When your faith ebbs low, remember the fleeing sea. This same God is our God, and oh how He loves you and me!

God Bless You,

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