Hold On To Your Hats!
God’s voice is glorious in the thunder. We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.
We don’t get too much thunder where we live, but thunder sure does get our attention, doesn’t it?
Thunder is exciting and scary at the same time. Whether God’s voice is literally or metaphorically in thunder, thunder is a perfect illustration of the awesomeness of God.
This verse reminds me of what C.S Lewis wrote about Aslan in his book, The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe. “Safe?” said Mr. Beaver; “don’t you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said anything about safe? ‘Course he isn’t safe. But he’s good. He’s the King, I tell you.”
God is good. God is strong. God is mighty and overpowering and all of the awe inspiring emotions conveyed in one loud crack of thunder. The imagery of God being a grandfather in the sky surrounded by unicorns and rainbows does not convey unimaginable greatness of power. But thunder gets that idea across.
On the morning of the third day, thunder roared and lightning flashed, and a dense cloud came down on the mountain. There was a long, loud blast from a ram’s horn, and all the people trembled. Moses led them out from the camp to meet with God, and they stood at the foot of the mountain. All of Mount Sinai was covered with smoke because the Lord had descended on it in the form of fire. The smoke billowed into the sky like smoke from a brick kiln, and the whole mountain shook violently. As the blast of the ram’s horn grew louder and louder, Moses spoke, and God thundered his reply. The Lord came down on the top of Mount Sinai and called Moses to the top of the mountain. So Moses climbed the mountain. (From Exodus 19:16-20)
God described here canNOT be mistaken for a grandfather in the sky or magic genie in a bottle. A clear and accurate portrayal of the One True and Living God is the dose of reality that we need to shake off the wimpy user friendly stigma society has been placing on God for generations. Trusting God isn’t a safe comfy ride from the back seat, it is a hold on to your hats adventure of provision and protection, faith mixed with doubt, and troubles confounded by unspeakable joy! Thunder.
For the Lord is great and greatly to be praised; He is to be feared above all gods. (Psalm 96:4)
No one needs me to soften you up and say that you are to be feared, but in a good way... No, you are mighty and we do others a disservice by not accurately conveying just how mighty you are. So thank you for thunder that conveys your might full well to us all. I love you so much, and I love that trusting you is an adventure, not a comfortable safe ride. But I see firsthand daily how you protect and provide and save the day for me time and time again from your strength and greatness of power! Thank you for being mighty not wimpy! I love you and pray in Jesus’ name, amen.