The Magnitude Of God

Center of just one galaxy, our own.

There really is no way we humans can grasp the enormity, the sovereignty, the power and ability of our God. He simply is more than our minds can deal with. Our minds have limits; God does not.

So He says in Psalm 139, through the pen of David:

How precious are your thoughts to me, O God.
How vast is the sum of them.
If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.
When I awake, I am still with you.

God’s thoughts about me, as I understand this, are close to uncountable. And I’m just one of His children. He also thinks of the other 7 billion people on earth now, and on the billions that came before. Not just passing thoughts, but thoughts that can only be compared in number to the sand. That many thoughts for each person!

Then there’s the statement in Psalm 145 that simply says: “His greatness is unsearchable.” Meaning, His greatness is beyond our comprehension, it is inscrutable, unfathomable. It’s “impossible to measure the extent of” it.

We humans tend to pride ourselves on “getting to the bottom” of everything. But I recently discovered that there are a lot more things that we simply don’t understand than I had previously realized. Some of the things are seemingly trivial and silly, but some have wide implications. And I’m talking about things that are part of our physical existence. There are far more things if we open up the discussion to God and the supernatural. In fact, if it weren’t for the Bible, we wouldn’t know anything about the spiritual really. We’d be guessing, wondering around in the kiddie pool of supposition.

Perhaps the caper is a portion of Isaiah 40, well, a couple portions. First verses 12-14:

Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand,
And marked off the heavens by the span,
And calculated the dust of the earth by the measure,
And weighed the mountains in a balance
And the hills in a pair of scales?
Who has directed the Spirit of the LORD,
Or as His counselor has informed Him?
With whom did He consult and who gave Him understanding?
And who taught Him in the path of justice and taught Him knowledge
And informed Him of the way of understanding?

Just in those few questions, it’s clear that no human knows what God knows. Even in our technological age.

Second is verse 26:

Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,
He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.

Can you imagine, God naming all the stars? We don’t even know for sure how many galaxies there are, and now some question how many universes exist.

Some people doubt God’s ability to open the womb of a woman past child-bearing age, as He did for Sarah, or to send the ten plagues on Egypt, or to provide the people of Israel with manna in the wilderness, or to shut the mouths of the lions that Daniel spent the night with, and on and on.

Seriously, what can’t God do?

From God’s vast knowledge and ability, there’s one more thing that is rather stunning, I think. Romans 8 informs us who are His children, that nothing in our knowledge or experience can separate us from His love:

For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Well, since the only One who falls into the “uncreated” category is God, I think that statement is pretty all-encompassing.

I supposed because God is so matchless, so unsearchable, so untamed, as C. S. Lewis wonderfully reminded us in The Lion, The Witch, And The Wardrobe, that some people become too nervous around Him. They like to be in control, to manage circumstances and manipulate people. But God is not to be moved off His mark. He’s not going to be intimidated into giving up His lunch money. He can’t be controlled and He can’t be ignored.

I think above all else, the atheists that prowl among Christian blogs show that they can’t ignore God, even in their unbelief.

The Pharisees and other religious Jews did the same with Jesus. They couldn’t simply ignore Him. They had to send their disciples after Him to try and trap Him, to try and trip Him up. When they finally had Him in their grasp, they thought they had won. Little did they realize they had played right into His hand.

Peter lets us know that Jesus appearing when He did was simply the fulfillment of God’s plan set in motion before the foundation of the earth.

For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God. (1 Peter 1:20-21)

Imagine, planning the events of Christmas, then Easter, before creation. I have trouble planning a series of books so that things will come out the way I want them to. God has no trouble dealing with time, space, matter, energy, personalities, and the other created beings we can’t even see.

I suppose those who set themselves against God might simply be intimidated. Easier to simply deny His existence than to actually admit He is too great to contain.

Isaiah 40 again:

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
My way is hidden from the LORD,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?
Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.

His understanding isn’t the only thing that is inscrutable!

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4 Comments

  1. “if it weren’t for the Bible, we wouldn’t know anything about the spiritual really. We’d be guessing, wondering around in the kiddie pool of supposition.”

    Sorry Becky, but that is so untrue, completely wrong because the spiritual worlds have been a feature of many older religions and earlier civilisations long before Christianity such as Lao Tzu and Confucius in China, Mahavira and the Buddha were teaching in India, Zoroaster was preaching in Persia, Jeremiah was the prophet to Israel, a tribe of people called the Milesians better known as the Celts and the Tuatha Dé Danann (the People of the goddess Dana).

    “I think above all else, the atheists that prowl among Christian blogs show that they can’t ignore God, even in their unbelief.”

    You have something here; sure, many atheists cannot ignore the impact on our societies from what are mythical man-made super gods.

    Believing in gods is a hangover of our evolutionary process when early man asked gods for answers to questions long before Christianity was invented. People will believe in almost anything, but gradually over time that can be changed.

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    • Hi, Steve, thanks for your comment. As always you help me see things from a different perspective and to understand different worldviews better.

      The examples you gave of other religions, though, actually reinforces my idea that without God’s revelation of Himself, people are simply stumbling around, relying on their own ideas.

      Just to set the record straight, no one “invented” Christianity. The word “Christian” basically means a person who follows Christ, so of course there was no Christianity before Christ came. But there certainly was God and He gave the promise of the Christ, or Messiah, even before there was a Jewish nation.

      I’m not sure where you’re getting you information about Jeremiah. He was a prophet to the nation of Judah—the only Jewish nation still in existence—during the decades leading up to the Babylonian exile.

      So odd that people who have no documentation still discount the Bible as a source for knowing what the events of that time actually were.

      And as I’m sure you anticipate, I don’t think “evolution” has anything to do with the spiritual thirst that people continue to display. It’s far more reasonable to think that we have an interest in spiritual things because we are spiritual beings, that our physical existence is not all there is to us.

      Becky

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  2. You have nailed something here for sure. Even among believers, we have a tendency to want God to get in the box we have created, and a billion doctrines have been built around that very thing. I am perfectly okay with sometimes just admitting we really just don’t get it. I have read this as a product of the linear thought process in the Western minds, as opposed to an overall more open and spiritual thought process in the Eastern mind. That makes sense to me. Thanks for making me think as always, Becky

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