My Fear vs. God’s Sovereignty
“He fills his hands with lightning and commands it to strike its mark.” Job 36:32 NIV
The bulging notebook tells the story of my fear. Article after article about lighting facts and safety are crammed in until nothing else will fit. When my dad was killed by a bolt of lightning under a clear, blue sky, my fear spiraled out of control. I pulled my kids off soccer fields, refused to use the electric appliances or take a shower during a storm. Talking on the phone is forbidden.
As a child, my dad sat with me in his lap, telling me how beautiful it was, explaining how it showed the power of God. Lightning striking two of my parents’ homes erased any fascination he managed to encourage. It is a terrible, fearful thing, and I try not to watch it.
Living on the side of a mountain at 7400 feet puts us in danger of lightning sparked forest fires. I was carried away with the beautiful view, and never thought about the storms.
An in-depth study of scripture convinced me that only God controls the lightning, but it hasn’t enabled me to see its beauty. So little is under human control, however, acknowledging God’s sovereignty gives me peace. I can accept that God took my father to heaven via a lightning bolt, but I don’t take chances by being out in a storm.
I have heard it said that God’s man, at the center of God’s will, is immortal until God is finished with him. Love of God and the desire to serve wherever He leads makes me lean on His protection. Believing that He is all-powerful frees me from concerns for self. Stepping out of our comfort zone grows and matures faith.
John says perfect love casts out fear, and I believe God loves me perfectly. Stormy times in life cause me to depend on God in new ways, and lightning storms should do the same. Whatever gives me concern must be submitted to God and left with Him. I will only experience triumph when I am trusting in God with all my heart, no matter what my circumstances.
Just as the lightning comes from His fingers, so do the events of our lives. Step out in faith, and see what He will do.
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