“If you’re discouraged, take a minute to think about the wonder, the power, and the majesty of the Lord’s creation.”
Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – July 25, 2023
He performs wonders that cannot be fathomed, miracles that cannot be counted. Job 5:9
This summer, while my husband and I stayed in the gorgeous Canadian Rockies, we learned some amazing animal facts.
For example, we discovered that squirrels and chipmunks go into a deep sleep inside a hole or a tree during the winter, but bears—contrary to what many people think—don’t hibernate. They just doze all winter long. We learned that bears make their dens in holes in the ground or at the base of fallen trees, and that grizzlies eat over 100,000 berries a day in late summer to fatten up before the snow flies. We also discovered that big horn sheep like to lick the salt off the sides of roads to supplement their mineral intake.
As we learned these facts, we marveled and often asked in amazement. “How does a bear know to doze? How does a chipmunk know to sleep in a tree? How does a grizzly know what kind of berries to eat? How do mountain goats know they need salt?”
Of course, we knew the answers. It’s because God created them to do all these things, but we couldn’t help but ask the questions because we were so blown away by the Lord, His power, and His knowledge!
This reminds me of the questions the LORD asks Job to point him to the truth of His power and His sovereignty.
Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you watch when the doe bears her fawn? Do you count the months till they bear? Do you know the time they give birth? (Job 39:1-2) Who let the wild donkey go free? (v. 5) Do you give the horse its strength or clothe its neck with a flowing mane? (v. 19) Does the hawk take flight by your wisdom and spread its wings toward the south? Does the eagle soar at your command and build its nest on high? (v. 39: 26-27)
When I think about how we marveled at creation in Canada, and how God invited Job to marvel at His power, I am reminded that sometimes we get so caught up in the troubles and mundane-ness of life that we forget to look around at all God has done and say, “Wow! Just…wow!”
If we would remember to do this one simple thing, it would provide us with the perspective we need for the problems we face every day. It would give us the hope we need for the future ahead.
If you feel stuck in a particular problem, or if you’re discouraged and feel hopeless, take a minute to think about the wonder, the power, and the majesty of the Lord. Then remind yourself that this same God who made bears to sleep, and chipmunks to hibernate, and goats to give birth is the same God who made you, loves you, and watches over you. Then, thank Him for His love and power and say, “Wow! Just…wow!”
“I will praise You, O Lord, with my whole heart; I will show forth all Your marvelous works and wonderful deeds” (Psalm 9:1)!
Lord, help me to marvel at your works and your ways today. Thank you that you are in control and I can trust you no matter what comes.
Take a moment to write down a list of God’s wonders in creation. Then, marvel and praise Him that He made you, loves you, and is watching over you.
Taruen Wells: Hills and Valleys
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