How do you view God?
Have you ever heard of someone who had a treasure and they didn’t even realize it? Only later, when they try to sell it, do they discover its worth.
This happens quite frequently spiritually—especially regarding God himself. Many people have a far too low view of him.
Simply put, God is incredible, greater than anything we can even imagine. It’s impossible to grasp how great he is.
“I am the Lord, and there is none else, there is no God beside me.”Isaiah 45:5
What does this mean? God is completely different from us. He hasn’t just progressed further than we have. He’s not an exalted man. He’s a completely different Being. “There is none else” like him.
God is one of a kind.
This fact alone means there will be many things about him we won’t be able to understand. Some are frustrated by this and shrink their view of him into something of their own making. Instead, this should fill us with awe and wonder.
God is unique, in a class by himself.
Let’s explore what makes God unique.
No beginning and no end
One aspect that makes God so unique is that he is eternal.
“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.”Psalm 90:2
God has no beginning and no end.
He has always existed—as God. He didn’t progress and become God. He never existed as anything less than God. “From everlasting to everlasting, thou art God.” This fills us with awe.
What makes us even more awe-struck is the fact that not only is he everlasting; so also is his love. Speaking through his prophet the Lord said:
“Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love.”Jeremiah 31:3
God’s love is eternal.
Our sin is never greater than God’s love. We can be confident of his forgiveness because, in his everlasting love, he punished Jesus in our place, for our sins.
A small view of God can lead to a small view of his love and a small view of his forgiveness. Many work tirelessly to gain his favor. But they will never be able to do enough. If they could, God never would have had to punish Jesus in their place.
God is everlasting. His love is everlasting! What a great God we have!
God’s greatness extends to his power.
God is all-powerful.
A tremendous example is his creation of the universe. Scripture says:
“Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”Hebrews 11:3
This verse mentions several incredible facts. It first talks about “worlds”, in other words, the entire universe! The entire universe and everything in it, according to scripture, came into existence just “by the word of God.” Talk about incredible power!
We also read that “things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.” In other words, God didn’t just organize existing raw materials. No, he created everything out of nothing: the rocks, the gases, everything. This is how powerful God is!
Such power can be terrifying if a person isn’t right with God. Scripture describes how some people will want the mountains to fall on them instead of facing God on Judgment Day. (Luke 23:30)
This power, however, can be extremely comforting to people who are right with God. They know he uses his power to protect, provide, and bless them.
“The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.”Deuteronomy 33:27
Are you right with God? Are you confident you are worthy in his sight? Are you eagerly looking forward to Judgment Day, knowing he will welcome you to live with him for all eternity?
You can answer each question with an emphatic yes when you trust that Jesus has done everything for you!
Where is God? Everywhere!
Here is another incredible fact about our great God:
“Can any hide himself in secret places that I shall not see him? saith the Lord. Do not I fill heaven and earth? saith the Lord.”Jeremiah 23:24
Saying that God fills the earth would be mind-boggling. But filling the heavens, the universe? That’s beyond mind boggling.
God is greater than we can even imagine.
As the Lord said in the passage quoted above, this means no one can hide from him. This can be terrifying if we aren’t right with God.
But this is extremely comforting to those who trust solely in Jesus. He loves them and promises to provide for them. Jesus said:
“Take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.”Matthew 6:31-33
As Jesus said, the key is seeking God’s righteousness. This is found by trusting only in Jesus.
“The righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe.”Romans 3:22
Instead of trusting in our own righteousness, we trust in Christ’s righteousness for us. That’s the key to being our great God’s blessed child. That’s the key to being comforted by his abiding presence.
God’s greatness extends to his knowledge.
“He telleth the number of the stars; he calleth them all by their names. Great is our Lord, and of great power: his understanding is infinite.”Psalm 147:4-5
Scientists estimate there are 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 1 billion trillion) stars in the observable universe! According to Scripture, however, God doesn’t have to estimate their number. He knows it! Even more than that, “he calleth them all by their names.”
His understanding is infinite.
Not only does God know how many stars there are. He also knows how many hairs are on your head. Jesus told his disciples,
“Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered.”Matthew 10:29-30
Even though God is so much greater than us and entirely different from us, he is still deeply concerned about each of us.
He made a plan of salvation where he does all the work.
In his great love, he sent Jesus to do everything for all people. In his great love, Jesus kept the commandments and washed away the sins for all people. God is not only great in power and wisdom, he is also great in love. The apostle John put it simply:
“God is love.”1 John 4:16
We have a great, big God!
Praise him by acknowledging that he is far beyond your understanding. Praise him by humbly trusting that he saved you without any contribution by you. Praise him by being confident you will live eternally with him solely because of what Jesus has done for us.
How do you view God?
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