If you’re an avid Christian music listener, you MUST know where my title for this post comes from. Yes, it is from the song How He Loves by the David Crowder Band. If you have not heard it, please see the link to the video below.
I can’t tell you how many times I hear this song on the radio, because I drive a lot to get to work (1.5 hours each way), and on way I’m always listening to KSBJ radio (www.ksbj.org), because if you’re in Texas and you’re a Christian, this the station you listen to. However, sometimes a song doesn’t immediately become your favorite until you actually pay attention to the lyrics.
So, this weekend they sang this song at Kingsland Church, in Katy, TX. They always put the lyrics up on the screen so the congregation can sing along. And today, this song hit a home run in my heart. I knew all the words because of the many times I listened to it while driving. I guess your conscience records them without you really noticing. So I sang along, but read the screen while singing as well…and the two verses that really stuck with me were:
When all of a sudden,
I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory,
If His grace is an ocean, we’re all sinking
Let’s stop pretending we live perfect lives with perfect families and no problems whatsoever, AKA, the Facebook life. Whoever and wherever you are, you are going through something today. Whatever it may be, a disease, a money-problem, a relationship problem, an insecurity, anything, we’re all human and we all go through this thing called LIFE. Which is basically a roller coaster that you’re riding for the first and only one time and you don’t know where the twists and turns are and unless you actually go on the ride, you’ll never know what the experience is like and never get to the end of it.
We all have afflictions. But, what do we do with these afflictions? Is God handling our afflictions? Is God, the Almighty, Powerful, Sovereign, Miracle-Worker handling your afflictions today? Or, are you? Are you “helping” God with His work or are you letting Him work through you and eclipse your heartache with His Glory?
In Chapters 38-42 in the book of Job, some of my favorite chapters by the way, God speaks to Job and in a series of amazingly powerful questions reveals to Job that HE IS THE ALMIGHTY POWERFUL GOD who made the Earth, who gave orders to the oceans and limited their territory, who gave orders to the morning and told the sun when to rise and when to set, who orders the animals what and where to hunt and when to eat, who makes and sends the rain. He is God that can do ALL things. Job, an unworthy human, diseased with leper, discriminated from society and tainted as tarnished and dirty, thought he knew it all and could “help” God with what needed to be happening in his life. Job was going through many afflictions, he was going through life with a horrible disease that he probably didn’t deserve. And in his misery, he questioned God.
Take a moment today and read those chapters. I’m not posting them here because it’ll make it too long. Experience for yourself the POWER in this part of Scripture and then ask yourself. “If God did ALL of this (did and still does), isn’t He capable of eclipsing my current affliction with His Glory?”
If you read through Job, you’ll learn that God was angry/upset, and all He wanted was for his people to repent and humble themselves, surrender to Him, in order for Him to bless them and show His Glory. You can see Job’s humble attitude in Chapter 40 verse 4:
Job 40:4 “I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.
God accepts Job’s prayer and delivers him from his afflictions, and drowns him in blessings and grace:
Job 42:10 “After Job had prayed for his friends, the Lord restored his fortunes and gave him twice as much as he had before.”
God’s grace is so deep, so wide, so tall and surrounding that an ocean cannot even compare, it is limitless. We need to let go of our afflictions and drown in His sea of grace. And then, all of a sudden, you’ll be unaware….and all your afflictions will be eclipsed by His Glory.