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Ever wonder how big God is?

May 9, 2009
By Walter Ellison, Pastor of the East Elkins Charge of the United Methodist Church

How big is God? Unfortunately this is a question that we as Christians have floating around up there in our heads from time to time. Well, we must consider everything that God has done for us. God is big enough to have breathed into existence the universe. Breathed life into these human bodies, created everything that we need to sustain this life that he gave us. God is big enough that he took Moses when he was watching over his father-in-law's flock, and commissioned him to be the leader over God's own chosen people. God was big enough to part the Red Sea so that the Israelites might pass through and then let the waters close in on the Egyptians so that the Israelites may go on safely.

When as a youth, David stepped out to face the giant Goliath, he had faith enough to believe that his God was big enough to fight the battle for him. When King Saul was pursuing David to take his life, God was big enough to protect him. When King David had committed the sins of adultery and murder, he prayed to God to restore the joy of his salvation, and God was big enough to do this for him.

When some 2,000 years ago God knew that there was need for a savior, God was big enough to supply the savior, his son Jesus Christ.

A while back I received an e-mail from a friend telling of a young boy that had been challenged by an adult, the adult told the boy that he would give him a dollar if he could tell him where God was. The boy replied to the man that he would give him $10 if he could tell him where God wasn't.

For some 2,000 years mankind has been trying to disprove the existence of God. In the Gospel of John, the first chapter starts off like this: "In the beginning was the word, and the word was with God, and the word was God. The same was in the beginning with God." Nowhere in the Bible do we find Jesus defending the existence of God. Jesus proclaims that God is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

God is big enough to watch over us and protect us, but God is also small enough to bend down and lend an ear to all our petitions. With all of the things that God does, he still has time for all those minute details of life that can become so difficult. God so orders the life of a Christian, that we can go to him with whatever the problem is and God is big enough to take care of it. In Psalms 139:2-6, we find that God knows us when we are sitting down or uprising, and that he is acquainted with our ways, and he knows what I am going to say before I say it. At the end of this Psalm it says, "How precious is your thought to me, O God! how vast is the sum of them." How marvelous, how wonderful is my savior's love for me. All because of God's unmerited love for mankind can we say and sing these words.

Yet in all of this God is still the same God that led the Israelites out of Egypt, he is still the same caring God that loved the world so much that he gave his only son, Jesus Christ, so that whoever believes in him should not perish, but may have eternal life. How mighty is your God? My God is mighty big. Over the centuries, people have had gods and their gods have changed, but my God is the same yesterday, today and forever more.

How big is God to you. How much of your life have you returned to God. God wants and desires to be the most important part of your life. He really wants to be the biggest part of your life. God is big enough to give us control of our life, as to what we choose to do with it and who to take direction from. The 23rd Psalm says "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want," but every day we find ourselves out from the fold, wandering alone, and as we wander back from wherever we have been, we will find a God that is big enough to forgive and welcome us back to the fold.

I hope the God you serve is this same God that I serve. If not, then my prayer is that you would turn to God while there is still time.

(The opinions of this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of The Inter-Mountain, the Randolph County Ministerial Association or the author's church affiliation.)

 
 

 

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