Psalm 107:33 He turns rivers into desert,
springs of water into thirsty ground,
34 and fruitful land into salty wasteland,
because of the wickedness of its inhabitants.
35 He turns a desert into a pool of water,
dry land into springs of water.
36 He causes the hungry to settle there,
and they establish a city where they can live.
37 They sow fields and plant vineyards
that yield a fruitful harvest.
38 He blesses them, and they multiply greatly;
He does not let their livestock decrease.
43 Let whoever is wise pay attention to these things
and consider the Lord’s acts of faithful love.
After reading a book about a family of bears one day, my firstborn came up to me and said, “Daddy, I’m a little bear, Mommy is a big bear, and Daddy, you’re a really big bear!”
In addition to his comments causing me to diet the next week, I also realized the power that perception has in the eyes of a child. I’m a tall dad. My toddlers think I am ginormous. When a balloon escapes their grasp and heads towards the ceiling, they came looking for me. When they want to soar above the crowd, they come begging to sit upon my shoulders. Contrastingly, when they are in trouble, I can tell that our height difference also causes them to sit up a little straighter when I walk in the room.
Don’t read anything more into that comment. The fact is they are small, I am big, and that causes them sometimes to have a reality check. I believe that’s one of the reasons God makes babies so small (in addition to wanting women to survive labor). He wants children to have a healthy fear of their parents. The problem only comes when they think they are my size.
Our problems come when we think God is our size.
Our pride can come and demand things from God. In this passage, the psalmist reminds that God makes flourishing areas into barren deserts. When his people get out of line, he reminds them how big he is.
Graciously, the same God that can turn springs into deserts can also turn deserts into springs. The towering presence that darkens our door when we step out of line is also the same towering presence we love to run to for protection when we are in trouble. It’s so incredible that the same God can bring fear or relief depending upon how we have been living.
Today, make sure that God’s entrance into your life would be a welcomed sight and not a disciplinary force. Live so that the blessings of God in your life or favor instead of discipline.
Travis Agnew serves as the Lead Pastor of Rocky Creek Church in Greenville, SC. His most recent book is Just (About) Married.
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