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How Big is God?

Romans 11:33-36
Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out! "Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been his counsellor?" "Who has ever given to God, that God should repay him?" For from him and through him and to him are all things. To him be the glory for ever! Amen. (NIV)

This passage is one of the Bible's big statements about the limitless character and power of God. It is well worth using as a screensaver on your computer, printing it or translating it into your mother tongue and displaying in your bedroom, kitchen or office. Christians so easily forget the magnificent and awesome immensity of God. Because of this, we limit our faith, which limits our prayers, which limits are actions, which shrivels our souls.

Paul uses different analogies to describe God's personality and activity. A mining analogy: the riches of God are an inexhaustible seam of gold; an academic analogy - God knows everything and how to apply that understanding to make everything work according to its design; a legal analogy - every verdict is 100% accurate, fair, just and righteous; an astrophysics analogy - the way He works is more complex than the mechanisms in the universe. Nobody can teach God anything. Nobody can claim that God owes them anything. He is the reason behind everything, the means of everything and the destination of everything. He is the focus point of glory for all eternity.

The wonder of the gospel is that we can know this God as a loving Father and faithful friend; as we trust in Christ. The lying work of Satan is to make God seem small and make us seem big - in the same way that Eve was tempted. But the work of the Holy Spirit is to give us a big view of Jesus Christ and show us how great God is. Alas, our view of ourselves and the world is often distorted because we see God distantly against the perspective of our own (supposed) greatness. Instead, we need to see God in the way the Bible reveals Him to be. The truth is that the greatness of God engulfs everything; and we are small, but loved, and grateful subjects in His kingdom. In that perspective our hopes and fears, our prayers and ministry will find their answer in His sovereign authority.

Almighty God. Thank You for being such an amazing Person. Forgive me for my blasphemy when I have thought You are too small for my problems, too distant for my encouragement and too uninterested in my life. Help me to see You as You truly are, and may I find my true place in Your world and Your kingdom. Help me to be bolder in prayer, more trusting in faith, more eager in service and more humble in spirit - because I am secure in Your love and confident of Your power. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
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© Dr Paul Adams