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Lord of the Waters

You can trust Him. He rules it all.

Often the Lord sprinkles down the waters bound in the clouds
lest, the fastenings being broken, they all at once burst forth.

  - Colum Cille, Altus Prosator, Irish, 6th century[1]

He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

  - Psalm 104.13

I know there are perfectly good meteorological explanations for why the rains fall when and where they do. And for why, in the main, they fall only periodically, and at a gentle, or at least tolerable, rate, rather than always all at once in a violent microburst.

As I say, meteorologists can explain perfectly well what conditions cause the rain to appear and to fall in whatever form it may fall.

But why should that be so? Why should the patterns of weather be predictable (more or less)? Why should things always fall down, the sun set in the west, seeds planted bring forth the flowers expected? I know there are perfectly reasonable physical “laws” to describe such things, and much else under the sun. But why should such “laws” be observable?

Why should there be any reason or consistency or knowability about anything whatsoever?

Particularly when evolutionary theory tells us that there is no purpose to the cosmos, that matter and energy are all that exist (now how can they know that?), and that the world is subject to chance as the bottom-line manipulator of all that is or will be? Why should anything make sense, or why should we be able to know anything at all in a world without purpose ruled by whim and randomness?

Chance is, by definition, unpredictable, unknowable, all-powerful, and irresistible. It will do what it will, when and where it will, and there’s nothing we can do about it.


If I showed up at your front door and told you that something all-powerful, unknowable, unpredictable, and irresistible was stalking around in your neighborhood, that you can never really know when or how it might strike, even though some patterns have been discerned, and that there’s nothing you can do to escape whatever it wants to inflict on you – if you believed that, I daresay you wouldn’t come out of your house until you got the all-clear.

Maybe not even then.

The fact is, we don’t believe that. Evolutionists don’t believe it either, even though they profess it loudly. They believe in a cosmos that is orderly and knowable, at the same time they insist it has no purpose and is ruled by chance. Go figure.

But if chance doesn’t rule the cosmos and the rains, and if, at the end of the day, everything reduces to order, then how can that be? Where does the order come from? Why can we know when – and usually how – the rains will fall?

This deferring to chance is just the secularist’s way of avoiding what Colum and the psalmist knew for certain: the only reason anythingis as it is, is because of God, because of Him Who upholds the cosmos and everything in it by the Word of His power – a God of order, mercy, compassion, and love, Who does all things well and for His glory.

Really, does it take more faith to believe in this God – Who walked among us, called upon His waters to be still, and calms the storms in our soul by His grace and forgiveness, and has brought peace and purpose to untold multitudes – than the unknown deity, chance, which we cannot know?

I don’t think so. Next gentle, refreshing rain, don’t thank chance. Thank the One Who stilled the waters, walked on the waves, and rules all the weather and everything else.

For Reflection
1. Why is it important that we acknowledge Jesus as Lord of all creation?

2. How can you use the creation you will experience today to give more thanks and praise the Jesus?

Psalm 104.15-23, 31-35 (Creation: Exalt the Lord, His Praise Proclaim)
The trees You water with Your grace, the mighty cedars in their place.
In them the birds their dwellings build, and goats inhabit every hill.
You made the moon the times to mark; the sun declines; You made the dark.
By night the beasts pursue their prey, and man to labor goes by day.

Lord, let Your glory long endure; rejoice! His works are ever sure!
He looks on earth, it quails and quakes, as we our songs of praises make.
Lord, let our meditation rise and bring great pleasure in Your eyes.
Consumed shall sinners ever be; O, bless and praise the Lord with me!

Thank You, Lord, that You rule the waters, the land, the skies, and the hearts of all people. I praise You especially for…

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All Psalms for singing from
The Ailbe Psalter. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


[1] Carey, p. 41.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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