We Need a Bigger View of God
What do you need if you want to advance in your Christian life? Some people would suggest a theological book, a good church, more time in the Bible, or listening to more sermons and Christian music. Any or all of those may be helpful, but they aren’t what you ultimately need most. Ultimately, each one of us needs a bigger view of God.
The Bible Presents God…as BIG!
The Biblical authors describe God as a big God. He isn’t small. You can’t begin to comprehend Him, describe Him, or experience Him as He really is. It isn’t that God doesn’t want us to know Him – it’s just that our frail human minds are unable to comprehend a Being that is as awesome, magnificent, and glorious as God.
Listen to how God is described in the Bible:
“He determines the number of the stars; he gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” (Psalm 147:4-5)
“All the nations are as nothing before him, they are accounted by him as less than nothing and emptiness.” (Isaiah 40:17)
“He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.” (1 Timothy 6:15-16)
Why We Need This
God uses, and blesses, those who understand His greatness. No, they don’t understand it completely – but some people are blessed with a bigger view of God.
When Isaiah the prophet had a vision of the glory of God, he was overcome with conviction about his sins. God purified him, and then used him to write one of the most glorious, beautiful, and theological books of the Old Testament.
Those who gain a greater view of God, fight sin more effectively. When you begin to comprehend and believe the sovereignty of God, doubts and worries vanish. When you understand the glorious love of God, and you are satisfied by it, you seek your joy in that – not the counterfeit desires of the world. When you are overcome by the faithfulness and fatherly love of God, unbelief vanishes and your faith grows.
Best of all, those who have a greater view of God will have a heart filled with praise. This doesn’t mean that taking a class on the character of God will fill you with praise. It means that those who truly believe God’s greatness – those who have experienced the greatness of God – will be left on their knees. They can’t return to the trite and tired joys of the world. Now the only thing that will satisfy them is God Himself.
Praise God! Jesus Christ brings the character of God to earth. While we can’t see the spiritual nature, that spiritual nature took on flesh. He revealed Himself to us in a physical body, living among us, loving us, and dying for us. That is why those who seek a bigger view of God will find it by considering Jesus Christ.
The quaint town of Bethlehem, Connecticut was once the home of Dr. Bellamy, a famous preacher during the time of the Great Awakening. His pulpit was later filled by Dr. Backus, another excellent preacher. After many years of sitting under the preaching of both of these remarkable men, an elderly African American was asked by a friend which preacher he liked best.
“Massa Bellamy, sir,” he responded.
“Why so, Sambo?”
“Cause, Massa Backus make God big – but Massa Bellamy make God bigger!”
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