God Sets the Boundaries

I have always wondered how the land—with the relentless pounding of the sea against its shore—continues to stubbornly withstand the onslaught of the waves, day after day and century after century. Yet, Scripture gives a plain explanation: God is in control and has set the limits of the ocean; and although high tide appears go beyond these limits, inevitably the sea must recede back into low tide. You might say high tide “attempts” to go beyond divine limitations, but low tide always follows to countermand any headway. There are many verses proclaiming the Lord’s sovereign control over nature which cite the sea as a particularly picturesque example of God’s control: Job 38: 10-11; Psalm 104:9; Jeremiah 5:22; Psalm 107:29.

For the followers of Christ, this sovereign power over the sea and all of nature is demonstrated by Christ Himself in New Testament accounts. For example:

Matthew 14:22-23- Jesus walks on the sea—He is not subject to the ocean’s threatening waves or deadly deep waters.

Mark 4:35-31- Jesus is in command over the sea, and calms the wind and storm with just three words, “Peace. Be still!”

This past week, I witnessed for myself that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8); and so the sea remains relegated to its God-given boundaries.This assurance speaks to my heart that although trials persistently crash into my life and the winds of tribulation threaten my peace, the Lord still sits on and reigns from His sovereign throne (Psalm 47:8)! I can trust in and rest in this promise: Psalm 34:19, “…many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers him out of them all.”

Today the waves continue to crash and pound,

but, they must always recede.