The Bigness of God

God is Bigger than Problems and Anything Seen and Unseen

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It is impossible to comprehend the immensity of God. Isaiah has some descriptive passages in chapter 40:12 and 22. “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, measured heaven with a span and calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.”

Isaiah uses figurative language to capture insight into God's vastness. Perhaps it can simply be said that when a human looks out into space, or looks out at the ocean from its shore, God is much bigger than everything the eye can see.

This great God Who created all that is seen and unseen is the same God Who cares for every human being. This God is the One “who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” as 1 Timothy 2:4 states, and 2 Peter 3:9 says that He is “not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.” God's desire is to have all people rescued and to know Him so that He can abundantly bless them with His goodness.

Psalm 147:4 says that God knows how many stars there are, and that He has a name for every one of them! But people are much more important to God than the stars. God cares about every detail of people's lives, and He sees every tear that is cried. He hears every prayer that is prayed and He never forgets anyone's name. Jesus taught that even the tiny little sparrows are watched over. “Are not five sparrows sold for two copper coins? And not one of them is forgotten before God. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.” (Luke 12:6, 7) Think about it! God knows how many hairs are on every one's head! Not even one little bird is forgotten by God!

Often in the midst of hard times people feel all alone and think that God has forgotten them, but it is simply not true. God is always ready, willing and able to provide, but He expects some faith and trust. Hebrews 11:6 says that without faith it is impossible to please God, and that whoever comes to God must believe that He is indeed God and that He will reward the diligent seeker. Yes, faith and effort are necessary to tap the rich resources of God. He is not stingy, He just has certain requirements. “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” (Psalm 84:11)

The words of Jesus are words people need to hear again and again, and remember in these times. “Therefore I say to you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink; nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?” (Matthew 6:25, 26) God, the Heavenly Father, provides for all the birds, and that's a lot of birds! Jesus asks the rhetorical question, “Are you not of more value than they?” The answer is a resoundin, Yes!br />
As far as God is concerned, His people are His precious treasure, His inheritance, His masterpiece. Nothing is more important to Him. “For we are His workmanship. He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world. If God is for us, who can be against us? We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (Ephesians 2:10; 1 John 4:4; Romans 8:31, 37)

Trusting God in hard times may be challenging at moments, when one feels small and alone, and that's why it is vital to bring to mind how much God loves His people, and how valuable they are to Him. Early church father, Saint Augustine, wrote these encouraging words: “Trust the past to God's mercy, the present to God's love and the future to God's providence.”

Written by: Pete Miller