DayBreaks for 2/05/16: How Big is God?
From the DayBreaks archive, February 2006:
I’m sure that people have wondered since the very beginning of time: how big is God? Of course, the question isn’t limited to just God, but pretty much to all things heavenly. In some of the Jewish apocryphal writings (Enoch), the writer was talking about angels and suggested that the rainbow that is pictured over the head of angels is Jewish thought was reputed to be 500 years journey above the head of the angel. But then, on the other hand, others debate endlessly (and foolishly) about how many angels can dance on the head of a pin!
Quite frankly, I don’t really care about how big angels are. I’m not depending on any “mere” angel to save me or deliver me. That’s God’s job! And that’s why it matters how big He is, I suppose. We, poor excuses for spiritual beings that we are, tend to equate power with size. We think that the bigger someone is, the more powerful they are and are therefore either more able to protect and deliver us, or to hurt us. That’s because we are used to bigger people or animals being stronger than smaller ones. And so, I suppose, most of us have a picture of God in our head that has Him being pretty big and strong looking.
Well, I’m happy to say that I think I’ve settled once and for all the question of “How big is God?” and I’m ready to share it with you!
How big is God? He’s big enough to calm a child’s fears. He’s big enough to deal with an adolescent’s confusion. He’s big enough to hold an adult’s hand as they face the heartbreak of rebellious children, a relationship that is broken, or a life that is coming to an end. In short (no pun intended!), God is as big as He needs to be in order to everything He said He would ever do. And that’s plenty big enough to meet every one of our needs, to shelter and protect us and to safely carry us home!
TODAY’S PRAYER: Thank you, God, for being up to the job of taking care of our physical bodies in this world, of protecting us from the power of sin and death, and for being able to get us safely back to Your home. When we are tempted to feel that life is caving in on us, help us to remember how great You are! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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