“By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. He gathers the waters of the sea into jars; he puts the deep into storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the people of the world revere him. For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.”
Pretty much everything in our personal experience is natural. What does the word “natural” mean? The dictionary says: “Conforming to the usual or ordinary course of nature.” The Merriam-Webster Dictionary adds: “…not marvelous or supernatural.” So, everything is natural unless it is supernatural. That isn’t really very helpful. The “super” prefix usually means, beyond, above, or transcending, so what does “supernatural” mean? Merriam-Webster puts it this way: “1: of or relating to an order of existence beyond the visible observable universe; especially: of or relating to God or a god, demigod, spirit, or devil. 2: departing from what is usual or normal especially so as to appear to transcend the laws of nature.
It seems significant to me that there was no “nature” until God created it. In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. So, nature is God’s handiwork and it exists to fulfill His will and purpose. Was creation a natural action? Is it natural for things to come into being from nothing? No, it isn’t. In fact, from the standpoint of physics, it can’t happen. . . there is something about the conservation of matter and energy. But we must remember how God brought it about. The Psalmist writes: “By the word of the LORD were the heavens made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth. . . for he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm.” (Ps. 33:6, 9). God spoke, and His word created nature. And remember, Jesus said: “peace, be still,” and the raging storm obeyed His command.
Friends, we are so connected to what is normal that it is hard for us to even imagine, much less believe things that operate outside of the “ordinary course of nature.” But that is the way it is with EVERYTHING that God does. That’s who God is. He is so far beyond ordinary that even His WORDS are supernatural, even His BREATH is supernatural. I’m a little tired of the song, but the truth remains; our God is an AWESOME God!
Pastor Keith Andrews