He’s a big God. How big? He’s a big God. How big?
Bigger than the mountain, bigger than the sea,
A whole lot bigger than you and me.
He’s a big, big, big, big, big, strong wonderful God!
-by Nancy Colbaugh (c) 1985, Gospel Publishing House
The words of this song resounded in my home while my kids were little. With a ten-year span between my oldest and my youngest children, it was around for a long time. Simple and catchy. And true.
If you and I asked each other, “How big is God?” we could probably come up with some Bible verses pretty quickly.
Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens (Psalm 8:1, NIV).
The Son is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together. And he is the head of the body, the church; he is the beginning and the firstborn from among the dead, so that in everything he might have the supremacy (Colossians 1:15-18).
I might even humor you and burst into song, declaring how great and mighty God is.
But what if we made it more personal? “How big is your God?” We may be tempted to repeat the same responses, but the answer requires some self-examination. “How big is your God really?”
If we are honest, we will see that our perceptions about God do not always match our mental beliefs about Him. Unfortunately it is perception that influences our responses. When we perceive God to be small or absent, we may revert to self-preservation responses. Or we may revert to self-destructive responses. Both approaches are damaging, because they alienate others and ourselves, throwing up obstacles to the big-ness of God’s presence we so desperately desire.
God is bigger than chronic health issues and negative medical diagnoses.
He is bigger than the drama and chaos of work and/or personal relationships.
He is bigger than broken dreams and business setbacks.
He is bigger than the small stressors that build and build throughout the day, until they break the proverbial camel’s back.
He is bigger than your past that haunts your future.
Not only is He bigger than any situation we face, His love and tender concern are bigger than we can imagine.
We serve a BIG God! Yes, really!
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 (Ephesians 3:17b-18).
Dearest Heavenly Father, I approach You in awe, aware of how small I am and how big You are. Open my eyes to see that You are even bigger still. Help me not to limit You by my own human perceptions. Empower me to have faith in You and Your greatness, with immovable confidence that absolutely nothing can separate me from Your love. In Jesus’ name. Amen.