Revelation 16; Esther 9-10; Psalm 107:23-43
Many of the ancients feared the sea. It was dark and mysterious. It contained creatures that were different and surprising. Yet, as commerce expanded in the ancient world, some found it necessary to travel on the sea. As frightening as the sea was, God revealed Himself in many different ways. “Those who go down to the sea in ships, Who do business on great waters, They see the works of the Lord, And His wonders in the deep.” (Psalm 107:23-24) Even traveling on the seas and seeing God’s works as they did, they literally only scratched the surface of the waters in recognizing the glory and the handiwork of God. When they overcame their fears, they saw God’s amazing works. We face many different challenges in life. One of the most difficult challenges is dealing with the unknown. “How will this person react if I do things God’s way?” “What will they think of me if I don’t go along to get along?” As vast and complex as the sea is; as unexplored and unknown as the sea is; humanity is far more complex and less predictable. We live among people who are going through difficult times and don’t realize it; we work with people who will tell us that they are “Fine, just fine,” when their hearts are breaking because of personal or medical issues that they don’t want to talk about. It is this sea that God calls us to dive into each and every day. For just as Jesus came to earth to live and work among people, so He calls us to be His hands, feet and heart to the people we live among. If the sea seems fearful and mysterious, how much more the human heart. As we enter into a covenant with God to reach out to people and share His love with them, we will truly see the works of God and His wonders in the hearts of people.
Lord, it’s so easy to withdraw and think of my own troubles. You have called me to reach out to people in this world. At times, it may be frightening to think of the barriers I have to cross. Remind me, though, that as I trust You and minister, You will make a difference in people. At the same time, You will show me Your wonders.