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Before 1492 when Columbus sailed the ocean blue, the common belief was that if a ship from Europe sailed too far West, they would either fall off the edge of the world or face terrible danger. There was fear of the unknown. In England, there is an ancient nautical map dating back to the time of King Henry IV. On it, the mapmakers wrote these words over the Atlantic Ocean: "Here be dragons; Here be demons; Here be danger." And based on those superstitious warnings, sailors were afraid of sailing there. But there was an English navigator named John Franklin who was a mighty man of God. He knew the Word of God that says God sits above the circle of the earth. He took that same map and crossed out those fearful words and added these three words: "HERE BE GOD!"

If you are a servant of God, you need to know that as you sail toward your darkest fears and deepest worries, here be God! He is there to keep you and sustain you. Job discovered that. He was able to look through his tears and say: "I know that my Redeemer lives, and that in the end he will stand upon the earth." (Job 19:25) Our Universe is so large scientists can't measure it. But the Bible says in Isaiah 40:12 that God measures the heavens with the span of His hand. So, when your world crumbles in, the most important thing you can do is to simply place yourself in God's hands. The safest place in this Universe is in His hands.

(From a sermon by Fred Markes, Praise God, 8/30/2011)

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