On our recent vacation to Rockport, TX, we spent an afternoon at the beach on Mustang Island. As I stood and looked out at the Gulf, it seemed to me that the sky and the water went on forever. I was overwhelmed by the magnitude of a being who could create something so vast. Job spoke of God as one “who alone stretched out the heavens and trampled the waves of the sea” (Job 9:8). Like Job, I say, “He is wise in heart and mighty in strength —who has hardened himself against him, and succeeded?”
When we observe God’s tremendous creation, we can’t help but be humbled by His power and His might. How can we stand before an infinite God in all of the brokenness and uncleanliness of our sin? Surely He will take one look at our sinful nature and bring to bear His awesome power in order to bring judgment on our transgressions. What can keep us from such a terrible fate? How can we possibly survive? We can’t…in our own power.
God is just, and God is also love. He knew that we couldn’t fix our sin and we couldn’t survive His judgment. So He “made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God” (2 Corinthians 5:21). God brought all of His judgment onto His Son so that we would not have to bear it. “In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:10).
So the next time you visit the Gulf, remember that God covers the ocean of our terrible sin with oceans of His mercy. He “will cast all our sins into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19). “God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:8).