Our family enjoyed a brief time of rest and relaxation with some dear friends at North Myrtle Beach this past week. Myrtle has kind of become our “go to” beach for family vacations and we were blessed with an opportunity to be able to go and hang out with some wonderful people!
While sitting out on the beach late in the day one day, I was just looking at the ocean and suddenly was overcome with the “bigness” of our God. I looked at the sand and thought, He knows exactly how many grains of sand are on this beach, and even in the ocean itself! And here I was an extremely small spec next to this massiveness of creation. I looked across the horizon and thought about how it looked like it went on into infinity. Thoughts crossed my mind about the fact that our God has no end, or beginning, for that matter. He is, always has been, and always will be, Almighty God, the Everlasting Father. I looked at the power of the waves and how consistently they crashed on the shore and thought about how much they are like God’s grace. It comes to us in waves and never stops. It can overcome us or sweep us under in “waves of grace and love!”
I thought about God’s promise to Abraham after he, Abraham, had obediently taken Isaac up to Mt. Moriah to sacrifice him to God but God spared Isaac’s life and rewarded Abraham’s faith by saying, among other things, “Indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the seashore;” Genesis 22:17a (emphasis added) (NIV)
There are SO many references concerning the sea in Scripture. I think it is because the sea is SO powerful and SO awe-inspiring that God uses it in His Word because it is analogous with His power and strength and vastness. Verses like the following let us know that as big as the sea is God remains sovereign over it and controls it totally, for it says, He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Psalm 33:7 (NIV) (Emphasis added)
Those must be some pretty amazing jars!! Of course they’re God-sized jars, so naturally they wouldn’t be anything less!
The seas praise Him, Let heaven and earth praise him, the seas and all that move in them. Psalm 69:34 (NIV) Emphasis Added
God controls the sea, He divided the sea and led them through; he made the water stand up like a wall. Psalm 78:13 (NIV) Emphasis Added
God rules the sea, You rule over the surging sea; when its waves mount up, you still them. Psalm 89:9 (NIV) Emphasis Added
He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed.” Psalm 107:29 (NIV) Emphasis Added
Of course Jesus does too, When He (Jesus) got into the boat, His disciples followed Him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being covered with the waves; but Jesus Himself was asleep. And they came to Him and woke Him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing!” He said to them, “Why are you afraid, you men of little faith?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the sea, and it became perfectly calm. The men were amazed, and said, “What kind of a man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?” Matthew 8:23-27 (NASB) Emphasis Added
The seas are mighty, but God is mightier than the seas, The seas have lifted up, LORD, the seas have lifted up their voice; the seas have lifted up their pounding waves. Mightier than the thunder of the great waters, mightier than the breakers of the sea— the LORD on high is mighty. Psalm 93:3-4 (NIV) Emphasis Added
And of course, God created the seas, He is the Maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them— he remains faithful forever. Psalm 146:6 (NIV) Emphasis Added
There are more, many more passages that relate the sea to the majesty of our God. And I think that’s exactly what I experienced as I would look past the people, and all the distractions of the beach, and really focus on the amazing God who loves us enough to create something as marvelous as the sea for us to enjoy!
So, next time you’re at the beach, be sure you really truly see the sea!