How Big is Your God?

"...I am continually with you; you hold my right hand." Ps. 73:23

“…I am continually with you; you hold my right hand.” Ps. 73:23

Parents often ask their young children a very important question.  Grandparents ask it too.  “How big are you?  Soooo big!”

I’m deeply convinced that the way we live is a consequence of the size of our God and the problem that most of us have is our God is too small. We are not convinced that we are absolutely safe in the hands of a fully competent, all knowing, ever present, utterly loving God who is so big.

If I wake up in the morning and I go through the day with a shrunken God, there are consequences. I will live in a constant state of fear and anxiety because everything depends on me and my mood will be governed by whatever circumstances hit me that day.

When I have a need, if I live with a shrunken God, I will find it unnatural to pray because I’m not really sure, to be honest, that God makes a difference and that prayer matters.

If I live with a shrunken God, when I need to give somebody a strong word of confrontation or challenge, I will pull my punches because if I don’t live in the security of a big God’s acceptance, then I become a slave to whatever other people think of me.

If I face temptation to speak deceitful words to avoid trouble, I’ll do it. Or if I can get credit for something at work that doesn’t really belong to me, if I don’t trust there’s a God who sees in secret and then rewards one day, I’ll do it.

Somebody gets mad at me or disapproves of me and I get all twisted up in knots because I won’t have the security of knowing that if a giant God loves me, cares for me as a Father, then what difference does it make how people think I am doing?

When human beings shrink God, they offer prayer without faith, worship without awe, serve without joy, suffer without hope, and the result is a life of stagnation and fear, a loss of vision, an inability to persevere and see it through.

And it’s against this backdrop the writers of Scripture never tire of telling us, “You do not live with a little tribal God.”

Whatever you need, God is bigger. Whatever your weakness, God is stronger.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness,

The power and the glory,

The victory and the majesty;

For all that is in heaven and in earth is Yours;

Yours is the kingdom, O Lord,

And You are exalted as head over all.  1 Chronicles 29:11 (NKJV)

About Joe Chambers

I am the beloved of the Most High God. I am an avid reader and writer and have been a continuous learner since my college studies in Ancient Literature and English. I live at the base of Mount Princeton in the Colorado Rockies with my wife of over three decades. I believe I have been put here to tell people that God is not mad at them and to show them the way Home. I am the father of three sons, three beautiful daughters-in-law and four grandchildren. I love to read, tell stories, and spend time in the wilderness.
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1 Response to How Big is Your God?

  1. Bob Hooper says:

    Dear Pator Joe: Thank you for this reminder, we need to remember your words and the scripture that you included with it. I am guilty of this kind of thinking a lot, so thank you.
    I passed you blog on to my friend and he is enjoying it and is being encouraged by it too.

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