Small God, Small Life

Ann Spangler
Ann Spangler

An image of the sun peeking through a natural stone arch.

The 19th century preacher Charles Spurgeon once wisely remarked that,

"No subject of contemplation will tend more to humble the mind, than thoughts of God. But while the subject humbles the mind it also expands it.”1

Because of our own limitations, it’s easy for human beings to try to shrink God down to size, imagining he is far smaller than he is. We wonder, for instance, if he is big enough to deal with the world’s intractable problems or even with our own most painful difficulties. But if we conceive of him as simply a larger, better version of ourselves, then we are not thinking of the God of the Bible.

Though none of us can fathom God’s greatness, we can try to come to know him better by considering what Scripture reveals about his infinity, realizing that everything about him—his love, grace, mercy, and power—is immeasurably greater than anything we could ask or imagine. He can’t grow stronger or weaker nor can he grow better or worse. Neither can he waver between two opinions.

Living in a world that is always changing makes it difficult for us to conceive of a Being who cannot be changed. But Scripture tells us that it is impossible for God to change. Because God is already everything he should be, his nature and his will are unchanging, immutable. Far from giving us a rigid, unbending, temperamental, or unpredictable God, the unchangeable nature of his character assures us that he can always be relied on. He is the rock upon which we stand.

May God reward your efforts to understand his greatness with a deeper sense of how big he is so that you may live your life wide open to all the opportunities that come to those who know how great God is.

1. C. H. Spurgeon, Spurgeon on the Attributes of God (MacDonald), 92.

 
Originally published March 27, 2018.

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