How big is your God? Do you recognize Him as the “Creator of heaven and earth” (Genesis 14:19)? Do you recognize Him as the One who with His “own hands stretched out the heavens” (Isaiah 45:12)?
And do you recognize Him as the one who “marshaled their starry hosts” (Isaiah 45:12), and “established the sun and the moon” (Psalm 74:16)?
How Big is Your God?
Do you recognize that God “laid the earth’s foundation” (Job 38:4), “set all the boundaries of the earth” (Psalm 74:17) making “both summer and winter” (Psalm 74:17), “every living creature” (Genesis 9:10) and “created mankind upon it” (Isaiah 45:12)? How big is your God? And yet, even in all of this, does He know and see you?
Pastor/Evangelist Louie Giglio answers that question this way:
“He’s big enough to breathe out stars. Yet He’s intricate enough to fashion together the trillions of cells that make up every facet of who you are. The God who spoke the universe into existence made you, too. He knows everything about you.”
“From the smallest molecule to the situation you find yourself in right now. He’s aware of your circumstances. And He is intimately acquainted with everything you do. The Lord cares about you and promises to carry you through.”
Louie goes on to say,
“He will hold onto you and hold you together, giving strength to those who hope in His unfailing love. He is the everlasting God.”
God, Our Creator
Do you believe that? It’s a matter I confess that I personally struggled with for many years. I wondered whether God really did create the Heavens, the Earth and every living creature. It’s something I doubted because of the theory of evolution that many scientists propose.
I struggled to believe that Jesus is who He says He is. I also doubted that He is “the only way” to have a personal relationship with God. And I questioned the truth of the Bible. I’ve heard so many arguments to the contrary.
But time and again, the Lord has revealed Himself to me in so many personal ways. I know that I know that I know, Who He is, and that my faith in Him is not misplaced.
Yet even though I eventually believed God to be the Creator —I still struggled with knowing Him as my Heavenly Father. I wasn’t sure He truly saw and cared about my life and my marriage.
The Lord appeared to be answering the prayers of others but I didn’t see Him answering mine to the same degree. I would find myself feeling that He is a great God who answers prayer —but not mine.
What has made it especially difficult has been having adult prodigal sons who left their faith in the exclusivity of Christ being the only way to relationship with God. It has been years and years of praying, struggling to keep believing, and continually longing for their Christian fellowship that especially chinks away at my faith.
Other circumstances I’ve prayed for have also shaken their fist at my faith. That is because I have received either “no” answers or silence. But as I’ve seek Truth, I am reminded that God’s ways are not my ways. He is God and I am not. I cannot begin to know all He does. I keep forgetting that.
Yet through it all, God is patient and reminds me that I am not responsible for the choices of others, including my sons, to accept or reject Him. I am solely responsible for the choices I make. I find I can and must trust His heart and love for me and everyone else. It’s difficult at times, but it’s also sweet when God has comforts in ways that He knows I understand.
I share this with you because I want you to know that you are not alone in your “doubt storms.” We all have vulnerabilities and go through times of temptation and struggle. Steve and mine are just different than yours. But none of us escapes “trials” and “tribulations” as we live in this fallen world. Don’t allow the enemy of our faith to fool you otherwise. (See: James 1:2-5; John 16:33; Matthew 5:43-45; and 1 Corinthians 7:28.)
“We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7) How can we exercise faith if we see and understand everything? And how could we relate to others who are suffering if we don’t suffer? For this reason, “we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.” (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) Beyond your hurts, there may be someone the Lord will point your way so you can help and comfort them with compassionate understanding.
Through all and despite all, we can be “more than conquerors through Him who loved us.” (See Romans 8:37-39.) That is why we are continuing with this point this week. As God’s children we should not underestimate who we are to God and what He can do in and through us. “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, and love and of self-discipline.” (2 Timothy 1:7)
Once we comprehend who we are in Christ and Whose we are as children of God, we can approach the throne of God with boldness (see: Hebrews 4:14-16), knowing that He hears our prayers and is a “rewarder” of those who seek Him (see: Hebrews 11:6).
It’s important for us to recognize how big and great our God is. And yet we are to embrace that He knows us in personal ways. He knit us together and knows everything about us. Our problems do not escape His sight. Once we really grasp this, we will look beyond our immediate circumstances. We can gain hope in what God will do in and through us —rather than feeling defeated.
Many of you can purchase the DVD Louie Giglio: How Great is Our God through Amazon.com. We highly recommend that you find a way to obtain this DVD, to see Louie’s presentation yourself. You will be all the more amazed at God’s greatness!
Here is a preview:
If you live in a country where Amazon.com is not available to shop, then put “Louie Giglio DVD” into your search engine on your computer. Perhaps there you will see where you’re able to find. Louie has toured the world with this series so I’m hoping there is a way.
The message, “New Year/New You – Marriage Message #23” contains something titled “Who I Am” giving scriptures.
We also encourage you to read these articles on our web site:
- Differences in the Conviction of the Holy Spirit and the Condemnation of the Enemy of our Faith found in the “Spiritual Matters” section
- Myths We Believe About Ourselves and Marriage found in the “Spiritual Matter” section
- Living in Confidence Because of Who You Are in Christ found in the “Abuse in Marriage” section.
We pray this will help you in your Christian walk and in your marriage. May it help you to confidently trust God for all things that happen in your life!
Cindy and Steve Wright
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