I've recently been in awe over the fact that my God is very, very
big: "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the
beginning and the end." (Rev. 22:13 NET). What this means is:
1. God is all powerful: "Oh, Lord GOD, you did indeed make heaven and earth by your mighty power and great strength. Nothing is too hard for you!" (Jeremiah 32:17 NET).
If God created everything by His power, then nothing is too big for God's power!
2. God is always present: "Where can I go to escape your spirit? Where can I flee to escape your presence? If I were to ascend to heaven, you would be there. If I were to sprawl out in Sheol, there you would be. If I were to fly away on the wings of the dawn, and settle down on the other side of the sea, even there your hand would guide me, your right hand would grab hold of me." (Psalm 139:7-10 NET).
There is simply no where we can go to get away from God. It doesn't matter how much it seems like God isn't there, He is!
3. God knows everything: "O LORD, you examine me and know. You know when I sit down and when I get up; even from far away you understand my motives. You carefully observe me when I travel or when I lie down to rest; you are aware of everything I do. Certainly my tongue does not frame a word without you, O LORD, being thoroughly aware of it...Your knowledge is beyond my comprehension; it is so far beyond me, I am unable to fathom it." (Psalm 139:1–6).
No matter where you are or what situation you find yourself in, God knows!
I could go on with the list, but I think you get the point: God is very, very big! And a God who is that big is also far bigger than whatever problems we are going through.
This does raise some interesting questions, however: If God is always there, if He knows everything and is all powerful, then why, in the midst of our circumstances, can't we find Him? Why can't we see Him at work? Has He truly abandoned us to our troubles?
A simple fact in life is that whatever it is we focus on will consume all of our attention. Take, for example, the movies. Every time I go to a movie theatre, I am impressed with the way a light emitted from a very small opening can project across the top of a large room to fill a huge screen with picture. I tend to get so caught up in the story I am watching that I forget it is nothing more than a projection from a very small light source. In the same way, when we focus only on our problems, they will seem to grow and spread until they overtake our every thought and action, making it impossible to see God's hand in our situations.
I know that am making it sound as if the problems you are facing right now are small, and I know this is likely not true. A death in the family is not small. Neither is a cancer diagnosis or a spouse who has left home. And the loss of your job/home/car/support system is certain not small either! Big or small, however, when our attention is riveted on what we are going through, the results is the same: We can't seem to remember how much bigger God is, and our ability to see God at work is sorely limited.
There is, however, a rather simple solution, one that will help us to remember that no matter how bad things are, God is bigger: "...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith..." (Heb. 12:2a NLT). Jesus had the ultimate problem before Him. In addition to being in the midst of horrific physical pain and mental suffering, He also carried the weight of every sin on His shoulders, and the outcome of the cosmic sin problem was completely in His hands. How did He make it through? "...for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Heb. 12:2b NLT). You see, Jesus knew His father was bigger than His circumstances. He knew God would come through, and this allowed Him to be able to focus on the outcome rather than on the problems at hand.
Let's follow Jesus' example. Let's remember that no matter how bad the circumstances are, God is bigger and He will come through. When we keep our eyes on Jesus, especially in the midst of our trials, we will begin to see our circumstances from the perspective of our very big God!
But wait. Is it possible that by focusing only on our circumstances, we are in danger of making whatever trials we are going through into...false gods...?
Please join us on Saturday for "How Big is Your God, Part 2".
In His love,
Lynona Gordon Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author -- "Aboard God's Train -- A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer", Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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