“Thunderbolt and lightning very very frightening!” – quote from a song that wrote Rock History, the Bohemian Rhapsody.
I’m just sitting out on the porch listening to the waves crushing on the shoreline of the Pacific Ocean. I love that sound. Since the Almighty created everything around here and out there (looking at the night skies right now), I believe, that’s another sound representing God’s voice. These waves come steady, one after the other. So is the whisper of His voice when He speaks to my heart. It comes in waves. Sometimes I hear Him quite distinctively, sometimes I’m not listening. The sounds of God’s creation never stop, whether we listen or not. God’s creation is not silent, and neither is He!
God speaks. He has a voice. But sometimes, for various reasons, our heart is hard of hearing.
Take Jona for instance who had a job to do and ran away. In the belly of a fish he finally took note and prayed to the Almighty. If thunderbolt and lightning is frightening, how about being caught inside a fish somewhere in the deep sea? Jonah later said that prior to this frightening experience he had only barely known God. A mere acquaintance, so-to-speak. But inside the fish Jonah had a close encounter with Him.
What about Job who hears the glory of God’s voice in Thunder? Job went down in history as the man who lost everything over the devil’s bet with the Almighty that Job would renounce His faith after losing everything. To make a long story short: the devil lost his bet. And Job is happy to announce to the world what a glorious encounter He had with God.
Silence can be deafening. Maybe after not hearing from God in a long while and listening to the stupidity coming from his own friends, God’s Thunderbolt was a welcome relief to Job.
God writes it in the skies with lightening, for everyone to see and with roaring Thunderbolts for everyone to notice: God is very much alive, and He cares. He is not deaf, nor dead, nor asleep, nor indifferent. The one who needs to wake up to reality is actually you and me. We need to wake up and face the music! Sometimes that takes a fish belly or skysplitting lightening with crashing thunder.
What are we afraid of? What do we have to lose? We are all afraid of death. We are born afraid to lose our lives. God knows! And he does not want us dead. He wants us to be alive and well. And the good news is: He is the Only One who can save us. Jonah experienced it. So did Job and many other human beings.
We get closest to God when we see Him in action. Action speaks louder than words and louder than a Thunderbolt. Being saved from death, carried through disaster, seeing the light at the end of a tunnel, that’s when we see God in action, and that’s when we get to know Him in a very personal way. His love is no longer hidden but becomes as clear as day. It’s like Captain Obvious! “Wow! God does love me. I heard of His love, now I’ve experienced it”.
Thunderbolt and Lightening very very frightening? Not so much anymore! Armed with God’s love we can face the devil if we have to.
God is love. To know that is to know everything.