How Big is Your God

How Big is Your God

If you have never seen the Louie Giglio Indescribable DVD stop reading, go get it, and watch it. It is that good. I have no idea how many times I have actually seen that one but I enjoy it everytime. Everytime I watch it, it blows my mind and I am just left in awe of this God we serve.

But the last time I watched it, something new jumped out to me. If you haven’t seen it, he spends most of the time taking you on a tour of the universe to remind us just how small we are in the big scheme of things and just how big God is. At one point he shows a picture of the Pleiades, which is a star cluster about 440 light years away from earth. (Quick side note – a light year is almost 6 trillion miles so multiply 6 trillion by 440 and that’s how many miles away from earth they are) But he shows these because they are mentioned several times in scripture. One being when God asks Job “Can you direct the movement of the stars—binding the cluster of the Pleiades or loosening the cords of Orion?” Job 38:31

Pleides

If you don’t already know, the story of Job is one of my favorites. So when he mentioned Job and I was already thinking along the lines of the vastness of the universe something clicked, so I thought I’d share.

I wonder if we read Job’s story and completely miss the point. I think most of the time we look at Job and think “what amazing faith he had” or “what a great man of faith he was” And that leads us to think things such as “I wish I had that much faith.” or “I’m not sure if I went through what he did if my faith would be as strong as his” And so we end up trying to have faith like Job. We think if we just read our Bible more, pray more, go to church more, or serve more then our faith will grow and when bad things happen we will be able to stand strong because we built up our faith.

Remember Job’s story? After losing everything, Job goes through the darkest period of his life. He never turns his back on God but many times he wishes he were dead. He tells God it would be better had he never been born. Job may still love God, but he is broken. He has given up on life and life has lost all meaning to him. And what brings Job back is nothing he does but rather what God says to him.

And if you remember what God says to him, God sounds cruel. As you read it, you can’t help but think what is wrong with God? Here is a man who is completely broken and has lost everything and wishes he were dead and God comes on the scene and instead of being the comforting, hold Job in His arms and make everything better God we tend to think of, God tells Job how pathetic Job is. It would be as if your best friend came to you and told you their spouse just died and you responded with “don’t you realize just how worthless you are in the big scheme of things?” How cruel does that seem?

But we know what happens don’t we? Job repents! Crazy right?! God spends several chapters telling Job how big God is and how little Job is and it seems cruel to us, but it is just what Job needed. Job didn’t need more bible study or more church time, Job needed a bigger view of God. Job’s God was too small, so God opened Job’s eyes to the wonder and majesty of who this God is that Job placed his faith in.

And so I think when we read Job’s story and think what a great man Job was, God must be thinking “You are missing the point. It isn’t about how great Job was it is about how great I am”

I have no idea who you are as you read this. I have no idea what you have been through or what you are going through. I do know that whoever you are and wherever you are you have been through some hard times. Hopefully not as hard as Job, but hard none the less. And here’s what I know. The only way through them is to realize how big God is. We tend to ask why me, or pray that God show us the good that will come from it. But what Job realized was that none of that matters. The only thing that can get us through the darkest times of our lives is having our eyes opened and truly seeing just how big and mighty God is.

We can’t begin to fathom the greatness of God. Earlier I had you do the math of 440 times 6 trillion and if you did your calculator may have started smoking. But that is a tiny number compared to the size of the universe. Louie Giglio shared a picture of a galaxy 28 million light years away. If your calculator is still working try that one out. 28 million times 6 trillion miles and that still isn’t the end of the universe. We have no idea where that is yet. But what I do know is that in Isaiah 40:12 God says “Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers?” That ridiculous number you got, if your calculator could actually do it, God measures that distance with His fingers!

David got it right when he said “what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:4

Just before the book of Job closes, Job says ” My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”

I pray that whoever you are and wherever you are and whatever you are going through, that God may open your eyes to really see Him. We are so tiny and insginificant in this incredible universe. Yet for reasons only God knows He loves each of us. He knows our names and He cares deeply about you and me. I can’t understand or comprehend it, but thank God I don’t have to.

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