There are plenty of distractions in life. Extreme circumstances, hardships and trials can make the mentally strong lose sight of God. As individuals begin to question “why me,” whispers from demons seek to shift the blame toward God. If you give into anger, emotions or frustrations, spiritual blindness awaits. Thus, instead of waking up to God’s greatness, roots of bitterness fill disappointed hearts.
“Indeed, at His thundering my heart trembles and leaps out of its place. 2 “Listen carefully to the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that goes out of His mouth! 3 “He lets it loose under the whole heaven, and His lightning to the ends of the earth. 4 “After it, His voice roars; He thunders with the voice of His majesty, and He does not restrain His lightning [against His adversaries] when His voice is heard. 5 “God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend, Job 37:1-5.
This is what happened to Job prior to the passage above. When friends accused Job of disobeying God, his defense mechanisms kicked in. As observers of these events assumed Job was being cursed by God, Job made the mistake of becoming self-righteous. Apparently, an incoming storm awoke Job to God’s greatness. The passage above highlights how lightning and thunder magnify God’s power.
Your righteousness, O God, reaches to the [height of the] heavens, You who have done great things; O God, who is like You, [who is Your equal]? 20 You who have shown me many troubles and distresses will revive and renew me again, and will bring me up again from the depths of the earth, Psalm 71:19-20.
The Psalmist uses reflection to help individuals to meditate upon God’s greatness. For those not distracted by day to day worries, the beauty of creation does not go unnoticed. Rainbows, sunsets and panoramic views renew and revive souls. If only people could let go of daily concerns, stress and worries, eyes will be opened to the greatness of God. My prayer is that America awakes from its spiritual slumber to see and rejoice in God’s greatness.
by Jay Mankus