I have been thinking lately about God and how big He really is. I think that we all could use a refresher course in understanding the depth and height and vastness of God. In fact He is so big that we call Him the Trinity. God the Father, God the Son, and the Holy Spirit are the three in one. Now wrap your head around that fact! There is no verse in scripture that uses the word “Trinity” which really surprised me as I began to study and review this subject. There are, however, scriptures that state the three different God’s that make up our God.
May the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all, II Corinthians 13:14, (New International Version or NIV).
“When the Advocate comes, whom I will send to you from the Father—the Spirit of truth who goes out from the Father—he will testify about me. And you also must testify, for you have been with me from the beginning, John 15:26-27, (NIV).
“Fellow Israelites, I can tell you confidently that the patriarch David died and was buried, and his tomb is here to this day. But he was a prophet and knew that God had promised him on oath that he would place one of his descendants on his throne. Seeing what was to come, he spoke of the resurrection of the Messiah, that he was not abandoned to the realm of the dead, nor did his body see decay. God has raised this Jesus to life, and we are all witnesses of it. Exalted to the right hand of God, he has received from the Father the promised Holy Spirit and has poured out what you now see and hear. For David did not ascend to heaven, and yet he said, “ ‘The Lord said to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” ’ “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah,” Acts 2:29-36, (NIV).
The Lord says to my lord: “Sit at my right hand until I make your enemies a footstool for your feet.” The Lord will extend your mighty scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of your enemies!” Your troops will be willing on your day of battle. Arrayed in holy splendor, your young men will come to you like dew from the morning’s womb. The Lord has sworn and will not change his mind: “You are a priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.” The Lord is at your right hand; he will crush kings on the day of his wrath. He will judge the nations, heaping up the dead and crushing the rulers of the whole earth. He will drink from a brook along the way, and so he will lift his head high, Psalm 110:1-7, (NIV).
As you can see, our God is so big that it takes three in one to describe and contain Him. I don’t know how scholars describe this but I see it like a family and DNA. My DNA has programed within it a family history containing my parents, grandparents and so forth. My DNA also is part of all biological children and grandchildren hence forth. God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit all have the same DNA if They were human. But of course since They created DNA I think They understand it far better than I. Needless to say this is a great indication of how big our God really is, wouldn’t you say? But there is more to think about. I love God’s debate with Job; take a look at a portion of it.
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone—while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it? The earth takes shape like clay under a seal; its features stand out like those of a garment. The wicked are denied their light, and their upraised arm is broken. “Have you journeyed to the springs of the sea or walked in the recesses of the deep? Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness? Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth? Tell me, if you know all this, Job 38:4-18, (NIV).
Wow! I do not want to ever get into a debate with God! You can read the entire debate for yourself beginning in Job chapter thirty-eight and it continues for a few chapters. We get a glimpse of what power our God really has in this discussion. God is bigger than our pea-sized planet of Earth and our insignificant lives, that’s for sure. But what is amazing to me is how God cares about our insignificant lives because to Him we are significant! How do I know that God cares about us? Because God created us and nurtured us or otherwise we wouldn’t be here! He cared enough to send the law to educate us about how unrighteous we are and then He sent Jesus to die on the cross, be raised from the dead to save us, and then He sent the Holy Spirit to live in us (Romans 3:21-26) . He must care a lot about us, don’t you think? So what else teaches us how big our God is?
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen, Ephesians 3:14-21, (NIV).
The Apostle Paul wrote these words and I have always found them to be so thought-provoking. How can you or I have the capacity to understand and mentally grasp the power that created this entire world? How can we begin to understand or to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. If it is difficult for us to understand the love of God then it is difficult for us to understand how big our God really is! So let me ask you just one little question.
Is your God, the God who created this world and all within it, the God who loves deeply and gives generously, the God who rose from the dead, the God who sent the Holy Spirit to live inside followers of Christ, is this God, your God, big enough to handle your problems?