How Big is Your God

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How big is your God?

I was reading in the book of Amos very recently and the thought came to me that God in the Old Testament has revealed just how big He is. His power, mercy, grace, justice and righteousness, and compassion as a father is shown in working with a group of people He called His. Now don’t go thinking that I am minimizing the greatest event that ever took place in the universe. That event really showed His Bigness. The greatest show on earth was His Son and His marvelous grace and mercy. And how He could change the hearts of depraved people like me.

Amos is a short book and not difficult to read. It is addressed to Israel the Northern Kingdom primarily but also to Judah the Southern Kingdom. God shows in Amos just how He is in charge of history. It is He who determines the destiny of nations and us humans. Us humans think we are in control. Not so says He. Leaders of nations made deals with other nations and boast of what the outcome will be. But it is Almighty God who in His Sovereign Providence of His creation determines the outcome. In Amos we can read of how the destiny of those nations and people were told what the outcome of their turning from Him to their self centered life will bring on them. His people had slide down into the pit of self worship and lived lives of the fat cats. BUT Yahweh, God, is big enough and powerful enough to determine the outcome of all human plans and we will suffer His wrath if we do not fear and worship Him alone. .

I challenge you to read the Old Testament. There we get a picture of God’s bigness. Human words cannot paint a picture in our head of just how big God is. His sovereign control over His universe is awesome. The human mind cannot fathom the depths of His power, His love, His sovereign control, His justice, His wrath, His mercy, His righteousness, His compassion, His wisdom, nor His awesomeness as God. His show of Himself to us hopefully shows us just how little and helpless we are. But our pride makes us think of self as a super being and expands our ego to the point that we believe we are a god and in control of our life in the present and the future.

His bigness is further presented to us in the New Testament. We are pointed to the God Man, Jesus Christ our Lord, who came into the world in human form so that He could die in our place. A perfect sacrifice and substitute to save all who believe in Him as Lord. Human words that describe and appeal to our senses cannot present to our mind the significance of His birth, death and resurrection. Faith in the power of the Holy Spirit fills the void.

There we also see the final nail in the coffin of our pride as the nails driven into our Lord and Savior on the cross show us His death for us. Then the resurrection shows us the glorious God in Christ. Those nails that held Him on the cross until His last human breath speak volumes. Some may say, “This nail in the coffin of pride doesn’t make sense.” Well the best in the shortest way of putting it is the following. You and I are helpless as to the control of our future even though we take great pride in saying “I’ll do such and such tomorrow or the next.” “I’ll do this or that.” But we are not in control of the final verdict of our life. (James 4:13-16). The following is a serious example of His power put into His universe.

Part of our family visited North Alabama on the Saturday after a major tornado destroyed much of Phil Campbell Alabama on April 27th,  where my sister-in-law lives and the area where my wife and I grew up. I visited many sites of destruction on that Saturday along with my daughter and wife. We talked to rescue teams and some of the early responders. We observed destruction unthinkable which had occurred three days before. Instantly fine brick houses had been removed from concrete slab foundations into thousands of pieces which were scattered over miles and left the concrete slab clean. In one of those houses two people had breathed their final human breath. One was a pastors daughter. Bodies with missing body parts had been located that were scatted thousands of yards apart. Destruction took place in seconds, not minutes or hours. By the time one could say “I’ll do this or that.” their life was gone without forewarning. The weather service had warned of a tornado hitting Hackleburg Alabama and would most likely do the same to Phil Campbell within 15 to 20 minutes. But instead of minutes it was seconds in destroying much of the little town. The force of wind was beyond imagination. It shattered concrete. It lifted a pickup with a driver in it and set it down hundreds of feet away with the engine still running and the driver still alive. God’s power through His created universe is unimaginable and awesome.

So how big is your God? Does your god have a little “g” or a big “G”? Is He constructed in your image or are you constructed in His image? Please my dear friends make your god a big God who is able to create from nothing and big enough to shatter 4000 sq ft houses into millions of little pieces.

I am reminded of James 4:10 where he says, “Humble yourselves in the presence of the Lord, and He will exalt you.” Also in James 4:13-15 we read this, ‘Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow, we shall go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit. Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are [just] a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, [you ought] to say, “If the Lord wills, we shall live and also do this or that’ (NASB)

Dewey Wise
June , 2011

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