Monday, August 29, 2011

How Great is Our God

by Nan Jones, Guest Blogger

"Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away."
~ Matthew 24:35

The news reporter leaned into the wind, one hand clutching his windbreaker's hood, the other gripping his microphone against his chest. Shrouded by a veil of blowing sand and rain, the storm pummeled his body, daring him to contest the power of God. Hurricane Irene was on a mission to devour the very earth on which he stood.

As I watched this scene unfold, a thought beat through my mind like a drum: "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away," saith the Lord.

A surge of wind nearly toppled the reporter. Behind him, a hungry tide stalked and gorged itself on the sandy shore. The beach disintegrated beneath him. The reporter struggled to keep his composure before an anxious audience. Did he really think he could harness the power of this monster by challenging it with his presence, his words? Could he withstand its authority? Irene was in charge of this feeding frenzy - not the news media.

Again, I heard the drumbeat. "Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away," saith the Lord.

"Lord," I said, "What is it You want me to see?"

In His gentle whisper He spoke to my spirit, "Do not fear, My child. Take courage, for I am with You. I am with My people. I will surround them with My Presence. When you pass through the waters you will not drown. The flames will not kindle upon you for I am the Lord Your God. You are Mine. As the earth shakes and floods, yea, as it begins its decay, I am with You. My Word, My Spirit, My power and love will always remain. I changeth not, saith the Lord."

Nothing in this world is for sure. The very breath we take cannot be taken for granted. Life can change in the beating of a heart. But, God...

But God will never change. "In the beginning You laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of Your hands. They will perish, but You remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. But You, Lord, remain the same, and Your years will never end." (Psalm 102:25-27,NIV)

Sweet friend, in an ever-changing world, take comfort in the knowledge that God loves you with an everlasting love. He, Himself, will rebuke the devourer from among you. He is the peace that passes all understanding. He is your Deliverer, your Counselor, the Mighty God and He knows you by name.

Amazing, isn't it? Simply amazing.

Father, You are great! In You we can depend. Thank You, Lord for Your love, for Your faithfulness. It is You that put the stars in place, Who holds the seas in Your hands. It is You Who rides on the wings of the wind. Your majesty and splendor we cannot grasp and yet, we are Your children. You call us by name. Nothing comes our way without Your knowledge. Thank You, Lord. Open the eyes of our heart to understand just how magnificent You are.

To read more of Nan's devotions, visit her blog, Morning Glory at Nan has a heart for Christian women who are struggling with their faith. Through difficult seasons in her life she has learned how to find God's light in the darkness and unspeakable joy when the river runs dry. She is available to speak at your ladies' meetings, brunches, teas, or special events. Pleas visit her website for more information.


  1. Great reminder of His power...and His grace. Thank you.

  2. Thanks Vonda. Life is good and God is great!

  3. Love that song! And it's awesome to remember how unshakable God is when everything else shakes and trembles. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Thanks for visiting Jennifer. This makes me think of, "On Christ the solid Rock I stand. All other ground is sinking sand." Thank God we can stand on His unchanging love.