Daily Devotional

November 18, 2020

Our Awesome God

He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. – Psalm 147:4

While sitting in my front room, I can watch the squirrels racing along the electric cables. Their agility has always amazed me; despite their seemingly precarious transportation, I have never seen one fall. Their remarkable ability can be explained by the shape of their feet and their tail which helps in balancing. Yet, I know that the broader explanation is simply that God created them with that functionality!

Recently, I watched a program about monarch butterflies and was again amazed by what I saw. I learned that it takes four generations of Monarchs to complete their annual migration from Morelia, Mexico, to central Canada. The migration begins with millions of new hatchlings in Morelia, and they instinctively fly north, although not necessarily sticking together, and reach the southern United States before dying. The two following generations continue north, reaching central Canada. Then the entire fourth generation, coming from locations across Canada, flies all the way back to Morelia at the same time. Amazing! Their migration instinct is still not well understood, but we know the ultimate reason for it—that is the way God designed the Monarch butterfly!

When we consider the ins and outs of the ocean tides, we marvel at how accurate they are in their timing. Except for rare occasions, the tides vary only slightly in height. We know that it is directly related to the location of the moon, and we also know Who designed that relationship. In Job 38:10-11 the Lord said that He “set bars and doors” to stop the ocean, saying, “Hitherto shalt thou come, but no further: and here shall thy proud waves be stayed.” God regulates it all.

The world that God created is awesome, but the most remarkable occurrence on this planet is when a soul receives salvation from God and passes from death to life. We may not understand how it happens, yet we know that He has never turned anyone away who came to Him in repentance, but has forgiven them and made them free from sin. He not only calls the stars by name, but He knows each of our names, and calls us too.

May the marvels of creation remind us of an even more marvelous God!