By Elizabeth Prata
When we think of the incommunicable attributes of God, his power often comes to my mind first. He upholds the entire universe by His will…He made the universe with His word! My 2nd graders were discussing who was the smartest, after a boy confidently proclaimed he was the smartest one in the room. A tiny girl from the back of the line piped up, “God is the smartest. He can make people!” Out of the mouth of babes, she nailed it.
Earthquakes fascinate me. I’ve only been in one, a tiny one here in Georgia. The ground seems to be solid, yet earthquakes can turn it to liquid in a moment. The earth shakes and rolls and buildings totter like a hut. That is scary to me. I hope I’m never in a big earthquake.
Greece/Turkey experienced a large quake last week, a 7.0. IRIS, or Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology, comprises virtually all US universities with research programs in seismology. Their visual data gif for that earthquake‘s waves are amazing and sort of hypnotic to watch:
“Watch the waves from the M7.0 earthquake near Turkey roll across seismic stations in Europe. This animation, called a Ground Motion Visualization (GMV), shows the motion of the ground as detected on seismometers across Europe – each dot is a seismic station and when the ground moves up it turns red and when it moves down it turns blue.”
The visualization struck me, how such a large portion of the earth was impacted by the 7.0 quake. Seen from an ‘above’ perspective, the power of God to hold the earth in His hands and shake it like a toddler shakes a toy just struck me all over again how powerful He is.
I think it’s important to keep His power in mind. We’re flooded with teachings about His love, His kindness, His humility, His condescension to stoop down and reach out to save us sinners, that sometimes we could tend to diminish His august majesty and forget His total and absolute power.
Reading Job 38-42 will bring these things to mind again. The longest discourse in the Bible spoken by God himself, we see His power and wisdom as He reminds Job of it via His creation work. It all begins with Genesis 1:1, said to be the most important words in the entire Bible, “In the beginning, God…” He created all that there is by the power of His mighty word, and everything subsequent all stems from that fact.
“He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation: for by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones, or dominions, or rulers, or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. He is also the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. For it was the Father’s good pleasure for all the fullness to dwell in Him, and through Him to reconcile all things to Himself, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross”. (Colossians 1:15-20).
Praise this thrice-holy, powerful God, praise His holy name!