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Cheap God?

Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler
2018 20 Mar

  A colorful image of a swirling galaxy.

When we say that God is infinite, we are saying that he is impossible to measure. He is without beginning or end and has no length, width, or depth.  Neither space nor time can contain him. He is without boundaries or limitations. Since he is not made up of parts, he cannot be subtracted from or added to. He is completely himself, enjoying infinite wisdom, power, perfection, justice, love, mercy, and goodness. All of his attributes are infinite.  He is immense, incalculable, unfathomable. His wisdom is unsearchable.

Recognizing how difficult it is for finite creatures to think about an infinite God, A.W. Tozer put it colorfully:

“You may have a charley horse in your head for two weeks after trying to follow this, but it’s a mighty good cure for this little cheap god we have today. This little cheap god we’ve made up is one you can pal around with—‘The Man upstairs,’ the fellow who helps you win baseball games. That god isn’t the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He isn’t the God who laid the foundations of the heaven and the earth; he’s some other god.”1

Listen to how The Message translates Job 36:26:

"Take a long, hard look. See how great he is—infinite, greater than anything you could ever imagine or figure out!”

Though most Bible translations rarely use the word “infinite,” the idea of a God of infinite majesty and greatness is threaded throughout Scriptures. The most extraordinary mind, the most powerful imagination cannot begin to picture how great our God is.

1. A.W. Tozer, The Attributes of God, Volume 1 (Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread Publishers, 1997), 7.