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

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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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Is God Dead?

How was that for a title? Did I get your attention? There’s a great movie out now called “God’s Not Dead” (available at Lighthouse of course), but awhile back I heard someone  ask “Would it matter if God were dead?”

For some reason I seem to keep coming back to that question off and on. I toss it around in my mind awhile and then forget about it until something causes it to come back up. What the person, whoever it was, meant was not that they believed God could actually die, but would our lives look any different if He did. Would this hypothetical death of God cause anytihng to change? Would we even notice that God had died?

The question was originally brought up in the context of our churches and the speaker asked what has your church done lately that can only be attributed to the power of God?But I asked myself that same question. What has God done through me lately or ever for that matter that can only be attributed to God’s power? What has He done through you? I’ll say that I couldn’t go a day without  God when in all honesty I probably go most days without Him. He is always there of course, but I mean living by my own power instead of His. I mean sure I pray and read my bible and think about God but I live most days without allowing God to do anything through me because I can do it on my own. I do realize that I wouldn’t even be breathing were it not for God, but I’m referring to the specific things that, as a Christian, God desires to do through my life for Him. As I’ve thought about this question I look back to the people in the bible and can see things God did through them that can only be attributed to God. David killing Goliath, Joshua versus Jericho, Moses and all the Red Sea. I wonder if I were Moses and I had come up to the sea with the Egyptians chasing me if I’d have trusted God or if I would have been at the shore with a bucket trying to make my own path across. “Quick everyone grab a  bucket and start tossing the water out!”

How about we make it more practical so we don’t get stuck on big miraculous kinds of things like parting the Red Sea. How about that person in your life that you just can’t forgive because they hurt you too much? God can. So why not let Him? What about that thing God is calling you to do but you are waiting until you can work out all the details? How about following God and trusting Him to work it out? Let’s imagine the story of Noah and the Ark if Noah were to act like most of us do.

God : Noah, I want you to build an Ark.

Noah : Ummm what’s an Ark?

God : It’s a big boat.

Noah : But if you haven’t noticed it’s pretty dry around here and I really don’t have much use for a big boat, let alone a little boat.

God : You will. I’m going to flood the earth and that Ark will be the only thing to save you and your family.

Noah : Oh then I guess maybe I should build a boat.

God : Duh you think. (God might not say duh but I like to think He would.)

The following Sunday

Noah : Hey guys I want you all to start praying about something. I think God wants me to build an Ark

Noah’s small group : What’s an Ark? (See – no one knows what an Ark is.)

Noah : It’s a big boat and I feel like God is telling me to build one. So if you guys could pray for me for awhile to see if this is really what God is saying that would be great.

Two months later

Noah : You know I still feel like God wants me to build an Ark.

Joan (Noah’s wife’s name of course) : You do huh. Well I hope you build Him an Ark faster than you built me those new kitchen cabinets you promised last year.

Noah : Haha this is serious. We need to start figuring out what it is going to cost us to build an Ark. I’m not even sure where we would get gopher wood but I imagine I can find something if I google it.  We might need to pull the kids out of school so they can help too. So maybe you should do some research on homeschooling curriculums.

Joan : Homeschooling?! Are you nuts?! You’ve seen our kids right?

Noah : I don’t know maybe I’m wrong maybe it wasn’t God telling me to build a boat.

A few years later

Noah’s small group : Hey whatever happened to that boat you were going to build?

Noah : Oh nothing really. I mean I still think that might be what God wants from me but the timing just hasn’t seemed right yet. There’s so much to think about and so many things that would have to happen to make it work.

Noah’s small group : Hey come check this out. There’s water falling from the sky!

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You get the point. How is God ever supposed to do anything in our lives if we constantly wait to do what He tells us until we have worked it all out on our own? It ceases to be God’s doing something through us and ends up being us doing something for God.

So what has God done in your life lately that only God could do? If you struggle, like I do, to come up with anything then maybe it’s time to stop doing things for God and instead let God do things through you.

Welcome to the Lighthouse Blog

It has taken us awhile, but we have finally moved into the blogosphere. I had thought of starting a blog several times over the past few years but each time I couldn’t figure out what I would possibly have to say on a regular basis that would be interesting and worthy of your time.

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“So what has changed?”, you ask. Simple. I realized the blog doesn’t have to be about what I can say that will be interesting and worthy of your time, but rather what all of us can say. Translation – Our blog will aim to be a place where conversations are started. I don’t plan on writing great articles to provide you with all the answers on a specific topic. Instead, I hope to write articles that will get you thinking, get you responding, and get all of us sharing ideas and thoughts. As Christians we all have the Holy Spirit and I believe He can and does speak to and through each of us. I promise you I don’t have any special connection to God that makes me any more of an expert than you. (Not that any of you who know me would have ever throught that anyways) So instead of writing answers I prefer to write questions. I prefer to share what I feel God is teaching me and then open it up to each of you to add on to and expound on. (Expound is a pretty big word right? I’m already getting in the blogger mindest)

So, I hope you enjoy our  blog, but most of all I hope you participate in our blog. I hope it becomes a little online Lighthouse community where we can all share what God is saying to us and what we have been learning from Him. Of course, if you can’t do it politely and lovingly then expect to see your comments blocked. But I’m confident you can handle it. 🙂

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