November 21

This far you may come, but no farther, and here your proud waves must stop! Job 38:11

During the siege of Dunkirk in 1940, there were some major miracles that saved the British forces from destruction.  Hitler’s forces had completely surrounded them but, for no apparent reason, Hitler commanded them to stop their advance.  The flotilla of small boats that set out from England to rescue the troops was vulnerable to bad weather; but although the weather was bad elsewhere along the coast, between Dunkirk and Dover the sea was calm.  Some days earlier, the King and the Prime Minister had led the nation in a day of prayer.  God responds wherever and whenever He is invited.  This verse in Job shows that it is God who rules over all things, including the boundaries of the sea.  The nations may rage and the people of God be assailed by enemies, yet their boundary is set by God and He in His grace will not allow any power or situation to overwhelm us.  “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow you.  When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, nor shall the flame scorch you.” – Isaiah 43:2.  The human race is powerless against the forces of nature.  Hurricanes, volcanoes, floods and earthquakes are just the reminders of God’s awesome power.  He and He alone has the power to hold back the forces that can engulf us.  In 1904 there was a terrible drought in Australia and the government called for a national day of humbling and prayer.  Three days later, rain fell.