On a recent vacation to the seaside, the vastness of the ocean enthralled us once again. From where we stood on the sandy shore of South Carolina, the briny deep continued a thousand miles or more to the coasts of Europe and Africa. The sea seems to cast a spell on people. No wonder so many pay a premium for a bit of ocean front land on which to build a home or cottage.
Those who study such things tell us that, in volume, the ocean contains 322,300,000 cubic miles of water. That’s cubic miles! It encompasses 71% of the surface of the earth, some 140 million square miles.
Mind-boggling. And thus we were a bit perplexed by a man we saw walking along the beach listening to music on an Ipod and texting on his cell phone at the same time. Was he so used to the rise and fall of the relentless tides that it had become commonplace, or was he just another victim of the techno-slavery of our culture?
The magnitude of the ocean, makes a comment by Isaiah all the more astounding. “Who [the Lord God] has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand” (Is. 40:1 NKJV). Just think of it, God holds all that water in the palm of his hand. How immeasurable is the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ!
The chapter containing this comparison, and others like it, begins with the words, “Comfort, yes comfort My people” (Is. 40:1 NKJV)! The words come to me with power at a time of puzzlement and some discouragement. They bring comfort because they tell me that God has the capacity to understand, the wisdom to know what is best, and the ability to solve whatever problem I have—or enable me to endure whatever difficulty I face. He is infinitely bigger than all my perplexities.
What problem or pain do you face today? Consider the ocean and lift up your eyes to the omnipotent God who is touched by the feeling of our infirmities.