Alistair Begg Devotional

Alistair Begg Devotional Lord of All Creation

Lord of All Creation

Lord of All Creation

Jonah rose to flee to Tarshish from the presence of the Lord. He went down to Joppa and found a ship going to Tarshish. So he paid the fare and went down into it, to go with them to Tarshish, away from the presence of the Lord. But the Lord hurled a great wind upon the sea, and there was a mighty tempest on the sea, so that the ship threatened to break up.

We are not in control of creation. But God is—and He is therefore worthy of all our praise and adoration.

Divine control over the oceans—indeed, over all creation—was a reason for constant praise in the psalmists’ work. When we read the Psalms, we discover again and again that God’s people delight in praising His sovereign power over the created order: His control over the seas, even over the ebb and flow of their tides.

We see in Psalm 33, for instance, that “he gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses” (v 7, NIV). It’s a dramatic picture—and it is part of God’s excellence and glory. In the same way that we may move and pour a gallon of lemonade, God Almighty is able to simply gather up the oceans of the world and put them in jars. How right and fitting, then, that we worship our Creator God in awe and reverence!

Likewise, God’s authority over creation encourages us to trust in His providential care. Later in Jonah’s story, we discover that the Lord “appointed a plant,” He “appointed a worm,” and He “appointed a scorching east wind” to fulfill His plans for Jonah and for the people of Nineveh (Jonah 4:6-8). How different this is from the pagan mindset both in Jonah’s day and in our own. The crewmen on Jonah’s ship regarded the sea as an uncontrollable primeval force at whose mercy they were all captive. In the same way, we are confronted today by the notion that “Mother Nature” is an untamable and merciless force. But the truth is that all things, including the entire created order, are God’s servants (Psalm 119:91). We are not left to be cast about on the sea of chance or buffeted by blind, impersonal forces. No, God “determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names” (Psalm 147:4).

Only the sovereign Creator Lord can gather the seas in heaps and command all of creation to do His bidding. Not only that, but He chooses to direct His commands for the good of His people. The great wind that God hurled upon the sea as Jonah’s boat sailed toward Tarshish was not intended to be a curse upon him but rather a call to him to return to faithful obedience to his God. What God sent upon Jonah, God also saved Jonah from. How remarkable: God summoned up the immense power of a storm simply to bring one errant child back home.

Truly, all things are arranged for the glory of God and the good of His people—including you. It is this God we praise, this God we trust, and this God to whom we commit our lives. Let this truth be on your lips today: “Great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised, and his greatness is unsearchable” (Psalm 145:3).

Questions for Thought

How is God calling me to think differently?

How is God reordering my heart’s affections — what I love?

What is God calling me to do as I go about my day today?

Further Reading

Great Is the Lord

A Song of Praise. Of David.

1I will extol you, my God and King,

and bless your name forever and ever.

2Every day I will bless you

and praise your name forever and ever.

3Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised,

and his greatness is unsearchable.

4One generation shall commend your works to another,

and shall declare your mighty acts.

5On the glorious splendor of your majesty,

and on your wondrous works, I will meditate.

6They shall speak of the might of your awesome deeds,

and I will declare your greatness.

7They shall pour forth the fame of your abundant goodness

and shall sing aloud of your righteousness.

8The Lord is gracious and merciful,

slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.

9The Lord is good to all,

and his mercy is over all that he has made.

10All your works shall give thanks to you, O Lord,

and all your saints shall bless you!

11They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom

and tell of your power,

12to make known to the children of man your1 mighty deeds,

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.

13Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,

and your dominion endures throughout all generations.

[The Lord is faithful in all his words

and kind in all his works.]2

14The Lord upholds all who are falling

and raises up all who are bowed down.

15The eyes of all look to you,

and you give them their food in due season.

16You open your hand;

you satisfy the desire of every living thing.

17The Lord is righteous in all his ways

and kind in all his works.

18The Lord is near to all who call on him,

to all who call on him in truth.

19He fulfills the desire of those who fear him;

he also hears their cry and saves them.

20The Lord preserves all who love him,

but all the wicked he will destroy.

21My mouth will speak the praise of the Lord,

and let all flesh bless his holy name forever and ever.

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1 145:12 Hebrew his; also next line
2 145:13 These two lines are supplied by one Hebrew manuscript, Septuagint, Syriac (compare Dead Sea Scroll)

Devotional material is taken from the Truth For Life daily devotionals by Alistair Begg, published by The Good Book Company, Used by Truth For Life with permission. Copyright © 2021, 2022, The Good Book Company.

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