Tremble, O earth, at the presence of the Lord,
at the presence of the God of Jacob,
who turns the rock into a pool of water,
the flint into a spring of water.
Psalm 114: 7, 8
God’s redemptive hand is not always easy to understand. Yet, when it has been experienced, it becomes very real. He takes lives that were dead and by the work of His touch, brings them to life in a manner that redefines life into something that is beyond term and time. So, we may not always grasp fully God’s reasons for the way that He speaks to us or to others, and we are frequently mystified by the way that some people accept the truth of the gospel of Christ and others consider it to be foolishness. However, that gospel is life for those who believe.
It is even more difficult to grasp the way that God works to redeem the non human aspects of creation. It is hard to deny the fact that we live on a planet that seems to be going rogue. The earth breaks, and the sky unleashes destructive furry on a regular yet entirely unpredictable manner. Even in places of seemingly pristine beauty, the earth might open up or tumble down in an assault that destroys homes and people and disrupts the peaceful sense of security of most of our lives. The earth experiences the damaging effect of sin, and all of its structures, from the core of the planet to the edge of the sky, and everything that lives in and on it carries that brokenness in its makeup.
Yet, God has promised redemption for all of His creation. He made it all perfect in a way that established peace as the core of all being. God’s Word tells us that this will become true again. However, that day is not here. So, until then, we must continue on in living with faith in our God as our foundation, and trust in His greater purpose as our daily strength. We can journey forth into this world with the certain knowledge that the same God who provided food and water to the Israelites in a barren wilderness will sustain us in all ways along today’s road.