There is nothing like a thunderstorm to make you stand up and take notice. Just the other day, my husband and I were driving for his work in a gorgeous area. A storm developed, and the lightning began to flash. Immediately our eyes became fixed on the sky, in spite of the other beauty surrounding us.
In May of 2018, we visited Badlands National Part at the same time a thunderstorm did. Everyone exploring this unbelievable landscape stopped what they were doing and looked to the sky, mesmerized and intimidated by the bright flashes of lightning.
“His lightning lights up the world; the earth sees and trembles.” Psalm 97:4.
Here in Scripture, the Psalmist describes a similar occurrence. Many Bible scholars believe the lightning in this verse is referring to the Gospel, the good news of Jesus coming to this world, dying in our place and for our sins, and rising again in victory over sin and the grave.
The power of the Gospel, like lightning, has shaken the earth from the time it was first proclaimed. There has been nothing in the history of this world that has been more life changing and more powerful.
The truth of the Gospel makes a soul stand and take notice. It makes one tremble, because there is a God, and we are accountable to Him. The truth of the Gospel also tells us that God loves us, wants to redeem us, and has a purpose for our lives.
There’s nothing more earth shattering than the Gospel, and there’s nothing more hopeful than allowing it to change us. Have you been changed by the power of the Gospel? If so, your life will never be the same again.