We have a fine, godly pastor at our church. Of necessity, he is bi-vocational. As you can imagine, that means he works very hard, indeed. How he accomplishes all he does, I don’t know. But I do know it is not by cutting corners –  in either business or sermon preparation.

A few months ago he mentioned something I have thought about again and again. Let me share it with you as a wondrous thought to take into your new year:

I honestly don’t remember the text of Wayne’s sermon that day. But, as a sub-point, he referred to angels. He rather casually asked, “Have you thought about the power of these beings? When King Hezekiah was threatened by Sennacherib, one angel was powerful enough to kill 185,000 Assyrian soldiers. And God is surrounded by myriads upon myriads of them.”

Wow! What a wondrous historical episode this is! The angels’ power is, of course, God’s power, exercised on behalf of men through the means of these created beings. But what power is displayed here!

And, as Job says: (Job 26:14)

Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways
And how small a whisper do we hear of him!
But the thunder of his power, who can understand?

In other words, one angel who can effortlessly put 185,000 trained soldiers to death, times myriads and myriads of such angels is just a whisper of our God’s power.

This is the God in whom we place our trust as this troubled year of 2012 draws to its close. How I thank him that he will remain the same in 2013, and on to the end of my history, and of all history.


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