Today we’re continuing with our series: “All Nature Sings of the Glory of God.” If you haven’t already figured it out, we’re following the story of creation and acknowledging God’s hand in all of it.
On day one we spoke about the fact that God created light out of nothing. On the second day, he created the heavens. And I use the word “created” lightly… it would be more accurate to say “he spoke them into existence.”
Now on day three is where it gets a little more interesting:
Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good (Genesis 1:9-10 NLT).
Have you ever created land? Weird question right? My
mother tells this story about when she was in high school. There’s this whole
section of Montego Bay that was under water… and when I say “under water” I
mean it was actually sea. According to my mom (and I’ve heard it from other
persons), they dumped these huge rocks into the ocean to build up the area.
Once it was in a “stable” state, they started transporting soil from other parts of the island. Eventually, they planted trees and grass and built businesses and lots of buildings.
For the most part, you wouldn’t know that the land hadn’t always been there … But every time it rains …. The earth gets really saturated and almost appears as though it’s going to be completely flooded. Why am I telling you this?
I want you to consider the huge amount of effort and coordination that it must have taken to develop that section of land. I want to also think about the fact that even though we expanded into the ocean, that area is in a very precarious position.
Did you realize that until sin the land retained its boundaries and the sea retained its boundaries? In fact, with the exception of the flood in Noah’s time there are no biblical references of a flood.
A lot of our floods happen in areas where the land was “reclaimed” from the ocean or there is a lot of development and we block the natural path of the water creating channels of destruction instead.
That being said, God spoke these things into being and they dared not overstep their bounds. Even when mankind has unnaturally altered the margins, they still obey God.
Jeremiah 5:22 puts it thus: 'Do you not fear Me?' declares the LORD. 'Do you not tremble in My presence? For I have placed the sand as a boundary for the sea, An eternal decree, so it cannot cross over it. Though the waves toss, yet they cannot prevail; Though they roar, yet they cannot cross over it.”
The very ocean obeys the command of Jehovah. What about tidal waves and tsunamis you may wonder? Yes, those are cases where the ocean temporarily oversteps its boundaries and do horrendous damage on land.
Let’s acknowledge first that that is the result of sin and the horrible degenerative effective it has on God’s creations … but even in the most severe cases, the water eventually recedes to the ocean where it belongs. It may take days or weeks, but it all has to go back into the ocean.
There’s another very valid point about the land and the seas: they support a vast amount of lifeforms (more to come on that later) all of which are ordained by God. When we sit and watch the ocean, or think about how the land sustains us, it should cause our praise to well up from the inside out:
The sea is His, for it was He who made it, and His hands formed the dry land (Psalm 95:5).
He caused the storm to be still, So that the waves of the sea were hushed (Psalm 107:29).
What do you appreciate most about the ocean and the land? What makes your praise bubble up when you think of these things?