Summary: Have you ever been amazed by God’s beautiful creation? Wanishangaza is a Swahili word. It means to be amazed or surprised.
WANISHANGAZA: THE WONDERS OF GOD
"I have made the earth, and created man on it. I—My hands—stretched out the heavens, and all their host I have commanded." Isaiah 45:12.
Wanishangaza is a Swahili word. It means to be amazed or surprised. Indeed God is awesome, marvelous, amazing and full of wonders. The word 'wonder' means something brilliantly done, a phenomenon. It means a miracle, an act of God, or anything causing admiration and joy. Have you ever been amazed by God’s creation?
“7 But now ask the beasts, and they will teach you; And the birds of the air, and they will tell you; 8 Or speak to the earth, and it will teach you; And the fish of the sea will explain to you. 9 Who among all these does not know That the hand of the Lord has done this, 10 In whose hand is the life of every living thing, And the breath of all mankind?" Job 12:7-10.
If the beasts of the wild, the birds of the air and fish of the sea could speak they would all declare God as the Creator. Their testimony will be unanimous! The whole of creation reveals the beauty of God's masterpiece.
In his darkest hour, Job acknowledged and recognized the wonders, beauty and the greatness of God in creation! The darkest hour of the night is at midnight. A time when you're going through series of events that shakes the foundation of your faith. Indeed, it not the best time for a praise and worship service. "But at midnight Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the prisoners were listening to them." Acts 16:25. In their midnight hour, Paul and Silas praised God! We’ve all felt lonely and hopeless. Are you in your own midnight hour? A seasons of trials, difficulties, sickness, pain, rejection and betrayal. The midnight hour is a time when it seems like nothing is going well and you feel God has forgotten you? Perhaps it is the loss of a loved one. It is a time of debt, depression, or family strife. Are you still worshiping God in the midst of a seemingly hopeless situation? Take a minute right now to thank the Lord. Thank Him for His faithfulness.
‘The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.’ Psalm 19:1.
Every time you looks up at the heavens you receive a speechless but powerful message of God's wonders. The sun, moon, and the stars, all speaks. With their message they communicates the existence of God.
"29 Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father’s will. 30 But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows" Matthew 10:29-31.
The sparrows are tiny and seemingly insignificant birds. We rarely give them much thought. But God does! He sees all the tiny sparrows! God doesn't forget a single bird. Every of His creation is valuable to Him. And since God cares for birds, we can be certain He loves and cares for us too, even when we don’t understand it! As a part of His creation, He is concerned with everyone of us. The Lord sees you! You're much more valuable than many sparrows! You're important to God. He loves you with His everlasting love. God knows all about you and every dream, desire and hope you hold so dear. He knows the crisis in your life now. His plan is the best plan. The Father is aware of everything about you. Even the hairs of your head are numbered. Scientists say the average human head has 100,000 strands of hair. God knows every detail about your life, even your name. So don’t be afraid. Trust in God, no matter the situation. You're more than the sparrows; God's eyes are on you.
GOD'S IN CONTROL:
"Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?" Matthew 6:26.
When we are in the midst of success, enjoying good health and in prosperity, it is easy to sing “Hosanna, Hosanna to the Highest.” But can you still praise God when things are hopeless? When everything around us seems to be falling apart, it is hard to imagine that God is still in control. But He is! God's still in control no matter the situation. Not only is God in control of the world and our lives, but He is also a sovereign! The word sovereign conveys the idea of superiority and supremacy. God is supreme in excellence and perfect in all His ways. He is infinite! God is unrivaled in majesty, unlimited in power, excellence in knowledge, and unaffected by anything outside Himself. The Lord is the Creator and Controller of the universe and all that is in it.