By Greg Jones
I recently heard an old song by the Blackwood Brothers called “How Big is God?” My mind began to try and wrap itself around that concept. I struggled to get this figured out because of how we try with our finite little minds to understand how big God is.
We measure everything by some sort of standard. In other words we measure time with a clock and a calendar. We try to measure God in the same way. God is not bound by time. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So how big is He in the scope of time? He transcends time. He was before time and will be after time. He is eternal. In that scope He is bigger than the universe.
We try to measure God by our finances. We talk a lot about what God has and how He wants to bless us with stuff. Some of the most spiritual people I have known didn’t have anything in the way of possessions. God is bigger than your finances. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. One of my favorite scriptures is Ephesians 2:4; “But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us”. We need more mercy than we will ever need things or money.
We try to measure the holiness of God by our righteousness. You can’t measure how big God is by what you do. He was holy before you were. It is because of his holiness that we are cleansed from sin. Isaiah 64:6 says; “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousness are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our
iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away”. Holy is what God is. He can’t be anything else.
We try to measure the presence of God by our response. A lot of times we talk about how good a church service is by the praise and worship that went forth. We do those things because of who He is. We talk about how awesome the service was because there was dancing and shouting. I recently heard a preacher talk about how the presence of God is weighty, it is heavy. In the Old Testament when the glory of God would fill the tabernacle the priest could not minister because of the presence of God. The correct response to the presence of God is to fall on our knees and bow before Him.
How big is God? Job said that God is bigger than man. David said that God is the King of all the earth. Psalms 115 says that He fills the heavens.
For me, my God is able to do great things. He is big enough to go into prisons and set the captive free. Over 500 baptized this year in prisons. He is big enough to transcend culture. In one of our NAM churches in OKC, Bro. Lopez had 14 get the Holy Ghost in one service. In Tulsa we have a multicultural NAM church. With Haitians, Spanish, African American and a mixture of other people worshipping together.
He is bigger than addictions and issues. He is stronger than diseases and sickness. He is greater than politics and wars. He is more powerful than storms and earthquakes. He knows more than any computer or library of books. He exceeds the reaches of any spacecraft or telescope.
Our God is great and greatly to be praised!