I’m Glad I Can’t Hold the Ocean


Have you ever tried to fit some of the ocean into your hand?

How about all of it?

Can you measure the sky in miles?

Can you weigh the Rocky Mountains?

Could you even put the Ozark hills on a scale?

Do you tell God’s Spirit where to go or what to do?

Does God consult you before he acts?

Have you taught him anything?


Me neither.


Behold, the nations are like a drop in a bucket, and are accounted as the dust on the scales; behold, he takes up the coastlands like fine dust… All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness (Is. 40:15, 17).


The title of Isaiah 40 is Comfort for God’s People.

“Do you see the ocean, the skies, the mountains, the nations rising against you?” God asks. “They’re nothing to me.”

Nothing on earth moves or flows or grows at our command. We can’t even measure most things. I stand under the night sky because I see flaming suns as pinpricks and it makes me feel like a grasshopper (Is. 40:22).

And it comforts me.

When the world is overwhelming, I want to feel small in the palm of a big God. I want to know that while I could never hold the ocean, God can. And he holds me, too.

He will gather the lambs in his arms; he will carry them in his bosom… (Is. 40:11)

Behold, our God (Is. 40:9).

4 thoughts on “I’m Glad I Can’t Hold the Ocean

  1. This is beautiful. ❤️ To hear the crash of the ocean, to see the sparkling diamond stars that are actually flaming suns, to feel the gust of a summer wind…how comforting they are. Because God is in control of them all. In control of our lives and the entire unmeasurable universe.

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  2. WOW! I’ve been going through Romans 8 and seeing how God has worked in our lives for our salvation and His glory. Then to read this and it just made the whole chapter explode. God is so uncontainable. He paints beauty in creation and fine tunes every molecule and sets things in motion even living motion and yet. He stooped down so low to bring us to Himself. This was awesome.

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