“Then the Lord answered Job out of the storm.” Job 38:1

Photo courtesy of Ian Boggs

It’s the first week of school, and Grove City has already seen it’s first major thunderstorm of the year.  I don’t just mean the kind of storm that makes you walk faster to get inside.  I mean the kind of storm that grabs your attention.  The kind of storm that shakes the very ground you’re standing on.  The kind of storm that makes you feel small.  Can you guess where I’m going with this?

Our God is like a storm.  He is powerful and beautiful.  His presence feels us with fear and adoration.  Why do you suppose Abraham fell to his face, Job was silenced, and the Israelites trembled with fear at the presence of God?

God is not satisfied with half-hearted praise, cliche prayers, or feeble attmepts at service.  His majesty demands a reverence that makes us stand still– that invades our minds and our senses.  Our relationship with God should be nothing short of obsession.  As Hebrews 12 says, “let us be thankful, and worship God acceptbly with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire.”

This is why I like storms: because they reflect the power of the God I serve, who reigns in both sun and storm.

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