I know that God is mighty. It is right there in one of His many names, God Almighty. I know it, I have read it in my Bible and I have often heard people say it. In fact, I myself have said it quite a number of times. The problem is I don’t know if I had ever really comprehended just how true and real it is, that God, indeed is mighty.
A few days ago, alone in my room, I sat on my bed, re-watching a sitcom called Friends. It is a really old sitcom but also really funny, and if you ever need to laugh till your stomach hurts, I recommend you find it. Anyway, so I told myself I was watching it because I had watched all the movies and series I had on my laptop and that it was really the only thing worth re-watching, but really I was just lying to myself. The truth is I was watching it because I hoped that by laughing at the comedy therein, I would somehow forget about the things going wrong in my life and feel better about myself. And it was not that my life was falling apart or anything like that, it was just one of those moments when depressive thoughts suddenly kick in and with them come feelings of emptiness and the scariest loneliness. So yes, basically, I was trying to mask these feelings with a comedy. My plan was going so well until it wasn’t; somewhere in the middle of an episode, I don’t know how or why, but something in me just came loose and I couldn’t watch anymore. I wanted to scream and break/punch/kick something but I couldn’t. I tried to pray coherently, in my usual organized way but I couldn’t. I just broke down in tears and found myself ranting and raving about my situation to God. I told Him I didn’t want to feel the way I was feeling; I wanted to be happy. Genuinely happy. I went on and on about how my life seemed to be a mess and I was wondering how much longer I had to wait to see the change I was hoping for. I even turned the guns on Him and started demanding that He do something about my life. I reminded Him how He had stopped the sun for Joshua, how He had healed a blind man with mud and spit, how He had brought a man that had been buried four days back to life and told Him if He could do all these things, He could certainly turn my life around and fulfill my heart’s desires. Being the good LORD that He is, He calmed me down and even reminded me of a verse I hadn’t thought of in a long time which I later looked up.
2Kings 3: 16-18
And he said, Thus saith the LORD, make this valley full of ditches. For thus saith the LORD, ye shall not see wind, neither shall ye see rain; yet that valley shall be filled with water, that ye may drink, both ye, and your cattle, and your beasts. And this is but a light thing in the sight of the LORD: he will deliver the Moabites also into your hand.
I was awed by this story. The summary of it is that the King of Israel, the king of Judah and the king of Edom had gone to war against the Moabites. The three kings and their troops had traveled in the wilderness for seven days but they couldn’t find water for themselves and their animals and it looked as though they were about to lose the battle. In fact, the King of Israel was already sure that God had gathered all three kings and their troops for the sole purpose of making the King of Moab defeat them. One of the kings however, Jehoshaphat asked if there was any prophet that could be consulted and Elisha came to their aid with the above word from the LORD [now you know why prophets are important].
I was most awed by the fact that God expressly said that was but a light thing for Him to do. I mean these guys were at the very edge of the cliff; the king of Israel was probably contemplating a retreat or a surrender but turning all this around was nothing to God. It was just a simple thing. I started rethinking about my life and I realized that what I thought was so huge, it had even pushed me to tears was really nothing before God. He could change my life in a microsecond. I mean, He changed the economy of a nation in one day; inflation was so high one day, with people even eating their own children, and the next day, there was an abundance of food like never before [2 Kings 6:24 – 7:20].
I considered these things and then it dawned on me that I had never really understood the mightiness of my God. He really is mighty. There is nothing too big for Him. And that makes me secure because I know He can indeed change my life in the blink of an eye. And yours too. He is the God of all flesh, there is nothing too hard for Him! He is God, ALMIGHTY!