“Thou art the God that doest wonders.” -Psalm 77:14
This passage is in reference to what God did for the children of Israel when he delivered them out of the land of Egypt. Notice that Psalm 78:12 says, “Marvelous things did he in the sight of their fathers, in the land of Egypt, in the field of Zoan” (an ancient city in Egypt). Psalm 78:43 says, “How he had wrought his signs in Egypt, and his wonders in the field of Zoan.” God proved His power to His people. The very end of Psalm 77:14 says, “Thou hast declared thy strength among thy people.”
When most people think of God, they think of some old feeble being upstairs who is out of touch with society. Is this the way you and I sometimes feel about the Lord? Why of course we do. Sometimes we throw our hands up into the air in frustration at God’s timing. Other times we are like John the Baptist who had a weak moment of faith and asked Jesus, “Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?”
Allow me to share four applications that I have gleaned from our verse.
1. God Is Wonderful
The psalmist declared that God does wonders. Since that is true, then God is wonderful. That is a characteristic of God most Christians rarely dwell upon. How many times do you forget that God can take a tragedy and bring something good out of it? How many times have you complained about things that don’t go your way when God could have squashed you like a bug? Have you praised him lately for being a wonderful God?
Song: Isn’t He Wonderful
Isn’t He wonderful, wonderful, wonderful? Isn’t Jesus, my Lord, wonderful? Eyes have seen; ears have heard; it’s recorded in God’s Word. Isn’t Jesus, my Lord, wonderful?
2. God Has Infinite Power To Do Wonderful Things
God can do whatever He wants because He is God. Did the Pharaoh believe that the Israelite God could perform the ten plagues? Absolutely not. Pharaoh had placed his faith in the Egyptian gods and not in the living all powerful God. Pharaoh was not a believer, but even God’s people lacked the faith to trust in the powerful hand of God. The Israelites worried and complained all the way to the promised land. They failed to trust the hand of an all powerful God.
Anything mankind achieves will soon be forgotten. When God works his wonder, it will be remembered forever. Forty years after the exodus, people were still talking about it. In Joshua 2:9-10, Rahab said these words to the two spies, “I know that the Lord hath given you the land, and that your terror is fallen upon us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you. For we have heard how the Lord dried up the water of the Red Sea for you, when ye came out of Egypt.” God’s Word will endure forever and so will the works of His all mighty hand. Only God can do the incredible and impossible because of his infinite power.
3. God Has Already Done The Greatest Miracle In Your Life
I wish I could have seen the Red Sea divided as the children of Israel walked on dry ground. That would have been an awesome sight to behold. As great of a miracle that it was, God is still working miracles today. I think most of us read our Bible and say, “This is what God did.” We have forgotten that the greatest miracle occurred when you placed your trust and faith on Christ to forgive you of your sins. God took a hell-deserving sinner and made you a trophy of his grace. Amen! If you have never been saved, I pray that you would call upon the name of the Lord today. God wants to do something miraculous in your life.
4. Don’t Wonder If God Can Do A Wonderful Work In Your Life
From the book entitled Scaling A City, I share with you this story:
Mabel Lucille Thompson was a godly woman who desired that her husband and children would serve the Lord. Her husband became an abusive alcoholic and she often fled to a rescue mission at night for safety. Under these conditions she became pregnant and suffered complications. The doctor told her there was no way to save both her and the baby and that she had a choice to make. Mabel Thompson believed in the power of prayer. Alone in the hospital and in tears, she prayed, “Lord, I ask that you would let this baby live. If this child is a boy, I pray that you would make his life count for something and call him to be a preacher of your word.” Her prayer was answered. On May 25, 1933, Roy Thompson was born. Not only did the baby survive, but the Lord also allowed his mother to live. Mabel lived to see her son trust Christ and become one of the greatest preachers of his time. Roy Thompson started the Cleveland Baptist Church in Cleveland, Ohio. By the time Bro. Thompson retired, the church had grown to 2,000 people.
We hear a story like this and say, “Wow! That’s great. I don’t think God will ever do anything great like that in my life. He can do that for other people, but not for anyone like me.”Let’s be honest. If you are like me, you limit what the Lord can do in your life. How many times does God have to prove Himself until you finally get it? He loves to prove himself over and over to you.
Does God want you to start a church, go on the mission field or get involved in a particular ministry? Maybe it’s not something God wants you to do, but some area of your life that you need to surrender to him. Perhaps there is a sin in your life that you cannot overcome. Has it beaten you up to the point that you feel hopeless? Whatever the case may be, apply this message to your life.
There are moments in your life when God wants you to get your feet wet and say, “trust me.” You want to believe, but you still have unbelief lurking inside. You may not think you’re ready for it. You may not think you have what it takes to get the job done. If God wants you to do it, do it now. Be ready to see Him do a wonderful work through your life as you surrender to Him.