DayBreaks for 09/25/12 – The Size of God
If you were to ask the typical kid who grew up in a church and believed in God: “How big is God?”, I doubt that you’d get anyone to respond that “God is tiny” or “Small.” It seems that we conceive of God as being big – or to borrow a word from one of my sons, “ridonkulously” big!
J. B. Phillips wrote Your God Is too Small years ago, he was focused more on whether or not we believe our God is up to big tasks. His point was that far too many of us seem to think that our problems and the challenges we have in life dwarf God’s capability, but that God is capable of far more than we would “think or ask.”
That’s not what I’m talking about. Here’s what prompted my posing this idea about the size of God: the other night I was in the back yard gazing up at the visible universe. As I sat there looking a tiny pinpricks of light, I wondered how are away the source of those lights were and how old the light waves were than we reaching my eyes. Were they years, decades, centuries, millennia or more old? Had they left their point of origin long before that? And, were some of the pinpricks of light stars or were they entire galaxies? And that got me thinking about how big God is.
I don’t believe you can prove God’s size from Scripture. There are verses that would make us think that He is humongous:
“But will God really dwell on earth? The heavens, even the highest heaven, cannot contain you. How much less this temple I have built! – I Kings 8:27
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, or with the breadth of his hand marked off the heavens? Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket, or weighed the mountains on the scales and the hills in a balance? – Isa. 40:12
Are these verses just speaking hyperbolically, or are they precise when they say that even the heavens aren’t large enough to contain God, and that He can measure the breadth of the heavens in his hand (singular)? I honestly don’t know. But this I do know: as I looked at the stars and space, I could not in any way picture God as being the same size as humans. I believe He must be immense. Of course, He doesn’t have to be, but somehow, I find comfort in thinking that God is THAT BIG and that Satan is just a normal size bully-kid on the block who will have to give an answer to my Father one day.
I don’t know how big God is in His natural spiritual state. But this I do know: He is as big as He needs to be, or a small and tender as a carpenter holding little children on His lap. And I am comforted by both thoughts!
PRAYER: How delightful, God, to ponder Your greatness and power and tenderness! Thank You for being bigger than all our problems and challenges combined as well as being small enough to inhabit a human body to show us not just Your power, but Your love! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2012 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
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