There are few things in this world that man does not believe he has control over. Man believes that he has unraveled or is in the process of unraveling all the secrets of the world. There is no frontier that man is not trying to discover. Man believes that if he cannot control it now, he can at least predict it, and if not predict it someday he will (though he still has to figure out the weather!).
It oftentimes takes something outside of our control for us to look to God. Though there are fewer of these things life– with the advent of medicine and other research– there still are some. When we do not have control over something, we look to someone else. When it seems that we do not have control over something, we pray.
The Psalmist identifies one such area of weakness to control– the sea. Psalm 107:23 starts out:
They that go down to the sea in ships, that do business in great waters; These see the worlds of the LORD, and his wonders in the deep.
The sea is something that we don’t have control of. If you’re out in a boat and a storm comes, there’s nothing that we can do about it. There have been many things in the news where the weather has been called “an act of God.” There are Hurricanes, Waves and Tornadoes– all of these things we can partially predict, but cannot control.
Psalm 107:29 continues to say that when those people on the sea pray, God still has control:
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
He’s the only one with power to do something about it. And at that point, we see His power.
Do we see God’s power when we are in trouble? When we are in difficult times, where do we look? Does God have to take us to the point that we have nowhere else to turn in order to see Him? Are we looking to see God in the good times?