Day 14: WONDERS—Are You up to Exhausting Your Superlatives?

'Who among the gods is like you, Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?’—Exodus 15:11

'Who is like you … working wonders'—WONDERS: Photo by Genessa Panainte on Unsplash

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Bewildering our imaginations

With whom do we compare the incomparable? How do we grasp the infinite with a limited mind?

When the epitome of majesty is the God we contemplate, how can we ever speak of majesty about anything else?

God exhausts our superlatives. God's glory bewilders our imaginations. God's greatness exceeds our wildest dreams.

He is beyond what we can know or believe.

As Chris Tomlin, wrote:

Indescribable, uncontainable,

You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name,

You are amazing God.

All powerful, untameable,

Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim.

You are amazing God.

You are amazing God.

The wonder of all wonders

Yet the Wonder of all His wonders is simply this: He limited himself to a baby, swaddled by loving parents in strips of cloth, and placed in a feed trough because there was no room for them in the inn.

Sometimes the greatest of all wonders are not the ones that require our biggest and best words.

Sometimes the greatest of all wonders wrap their tiny fingers around our own and capture our hearts.

Let my people go

After Yahweh unleashes ten plagues, the Egyptian Pharaoh is moved to release God’s people. Yet, he regrets his decision and gathers his army to pursue the Israelites (Exodus 14:5­–9).

The Egyptians pursue the Israelites to the Red Sea and all hope seems lost.

The people of Israel are facing an enemy they cannot defeat as the ocean lies behind them and the Egyptian army stands in front of them.

However, Yahweh of Hosts is fighting for His people. In Exodus 14, the Lord parts the seas and leads Israel through on dry ground.

When the Egyptians pursue Israel, God clogs their chariot wheels (Exodus 14:25) and ultimately drowns them in the waters.

In this event, God displayed His power and faithfully redeemed His people. He had conquered Israel’s enemies and brought His people safely through the waters of judgment. Now, looking upon the mighty redemptive act of God, Moses sings a new song. He sings a song that praises his redeemer and celebrates His faithfulness to His covenant people.

In Exodus 15:11a Moses asks, “…Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you…” (15:11a ESV)?

The implied answer is that no one is like Yahweh. He is utterly unique. The so-called other “gods” are to be compared to one who is “…majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders…” (Exodus 15:11b ESV). In 1 Samuel Hannah proclaims in a similar song the corresponding answers to the questions of this verse: “…There is none holy like the LORD; there is none besides You; there is no rock like our God…” (1 Samuel 2:2 ESV).

Who is like our God?

This holiness, awesomeness, and wonder-working power are what make Yahweh unique and set-apart from the gods of the Egyptians.

Reflections:

  1. We can say these same words of God today. “…Who is like Him indeed?...” But do we genuinely believe it, and do our lives reflect and demonstrate it?

  2. There are many false “gods” that people worship and follow, but there is only one God, Yahweh, who is truly God.

This is a very unpopular statement to make in our culture today, isn’t it?

But it is still the truth.

Join the conversation:

Only 4 more days until this season of fasting is completed.

I'd encourage you to share your experiences … wins and looses over the past couple of weeks.

Until tomorrow, keep the focus … Worship, Wisdom and Wonders.

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