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Wednesday, August 7, 2013
"Here Is God"
"I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." Psalm 34:4
From an old mariner's chart, drawn in 1525, on display in the British Museum in London, outlining the North American coastline and adjacent waters, the cartographer made some intriguing notations on areas of the map that represented regions not yet explored. He wrote: "Here be giants," "Here be fiery scorpions," and "Here be dragons." Eventually, the map came into the possession of Sir John Franklin, a British explorer in the early 1800s. Scratching out the fearful inscriptions, he wrote these words across the map: "HERE IS GOD."
Can you see this ship captain? It’s the early 1500's, and the old world is in the height of exploration. Columbus has just put an end to the "flat earth" theory, and now ships from Spain are crossing the great sea to get to the "new world." Ponce de Leon has already established himself on Florida's eastern shore at this time, and everyone is abuzz about what wonders lie in the regions beyond. They had no idea how vast and wonderful North America was. This anonymous captain drew a map of this unknown land, and he labeled it "Here be giants," "Here be fiery scorpions," and "Here be dragons." Had he seen these creatures? Of course not! Had he heard that these existed? Yes! Four hundred years later, we can laugh at these ridiculous claims. No giants, fiery scorpions, or dragons have been seen in the "new world."
Don't laugh too hard, though. Many of us have looked into the unknown areas of our lives and have said, "There be giants, fiery scorpions, and dragons." We have a tendency to look into the dark areas of life and see the worst. It seems we are more like the ten spies who went into the Promised Land and this sea captain than we like to admit. What we need in our lives is a good dose of Sir John Franklin's faith. Scratch out the fear and write, "Here is God!"
1. Remember, God owns the day and night.
“The day is thine, the night also is thine: thou hast prepared the light and the sun. Thou hast set all the borders of the earth: thou hast made summer and winter.”Psalm 74:16-17
2. Remember, God has a purpose for the day and night.
“Thou makest darkness, and it is night: wherein all the beasts of the forest do creep forth. The young lions roar after their prey, and seek their meat from God. The sun ariseth, they gather themselves together, and lay them down in their dens. Man goeth forth unto his work and to his labour until the evening. O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.”Psalm 104:20-24
3. Remember, God is God in light or dark.
“Yea, the darkness hideth not from thee; but the night shineth as the day: the darkness and the light are both alike to thee.” Psalm 139:12
4. Remember to keep obeying His Word in the dark.
“I have remembered thy name, O Lord, in the night, and have kept thy law. This I had, because I kept thy precepts.”Psalm 119:55-56
Take courage, friend, and mark out your fears, and boldly write across the uncharted areas of your life, "HERE IS GOD!"