Our Awesome God
How big is your God?
That may seem like a strange question, but hear me out. When problems come into your life, how big is your God? Is he big enough to make the cancer go away? Is he big enough to give you the strength even if it doesn’t go away?
What about your finances? By this time, you should have everything that you need to do your 2018 taxes. Is your God big enough to make ends meet? Is your God big enough to increase your wealth beyond anything you ever expected? Is your God big enough to eliminate your debt, the gaping hole you now find yourself in? Is your God big enough to give you your daily bread?
There is a part of me that is reluctant to word these questions in this way. You might be thinking, “I don’t make my God anything. My God is not a creation of my mind. My God is the God of the universe who has revealed himself in his holy Word, the Bible.” And you’d be correct. But that’s the point. Often, we put limits on our God either because we do not go to him or because we do not see him in the full light of Scripture.
For example, consider Colossians 1:15-18: “The Son is the image of theinvisible God, the firstborn over all
creation. 16 For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. 17 He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. 18 And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy.”
Let’s digest those things little by little. The passage is speaking of Jesus, the Second Person of the Trinity. Our God is Triune. That by itself blows me away and is beyond my full comprehension. Before the universe was formed, God was there. Everything that we know of was made by him and for him. Our God created this planet, this solar system, this galaxy and everything beyond. God created mankind, the animals, and all angels. God knit everything together perfectly for his eternal glory. And he holds it all together. Perfectly. He also holds together the Church. He watches over it, cares for it, protects it, and nurtures it. (And by “it,” I mean “us,” the Church.)
Therefore, is there anything too great for our God? Is there any challenge too big, too difficult? Is there any situation where we have the right to throw our hands up in the air and say, “That’s it. There’s no hope now.” Or do we have a God who over all, who has the power to help, who has the will to help, who has the compassion to help? Our God is an awesome God!
~ Pastor Ben Golisch