GENESIS 1:14-19: “Then God said, “Let there be lights in the sky to separate the day from the night. They will be signs and will mark religious festivals, days, and years. They will be lights in the sky to shine on the earth.” And so it was. God made the two bright lights: the larger light to rule the day and the smaller light to rule the night. He also made the stars. God put them in the sky to give light to the earth, to dominate the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness. God saw that it was good. There was evening, then morning—a fourth day.” (GW)
OBSERVATION: How BIG is God? Have you ever wondered this? As one reads the creation account, especially the creation of the sun, moon, and stars, this question comes to the forefront. I grew up in Southern California, so seeing the stars at night was not something that I was often able to do. However, now living in Texas, it is one of the joys of living where the sky’s are clear and the horizon is large. Gazing up at the stars, knowing that there are galaxies that we have yet to discover, I am in awe at how small I really am – and how BIG God really is!
Why is this important? The concept we have of God will determine the depth and quality of our faith. If I believe God is small, or distant, uninvolved in the affairs of my life, my faith will be weak or nonexistent. However, if I realize how BIG God really is, and if I understand how CLOSE He desires to be, suddenly my faith rises upon wings of eagles and soars! The proper understanding of the nature and power of God will influence everything I do in life. If I believe God is small – I will try to do everything in my own strength. If I believe God is BIG I will run to Him for refuge and seek Him for guidance and strength.
How can one discover what their view of God is? It is really quite easy to do. Just think back on a time of trouble or crisis that you have faced, or maybe are facing right now. How do you handle it? Is your life filled with worry and fear? Do you spend your time fretting about what will happen or what to do? Or – do you run to the One who is bigger than all of your problems, the One who holds the universe and galaxies in the palm of His hand? The Psalmist has so aptly penned these words…
- “Listen to my cry for help, O God. Pay attention to my prayer. From the ends of the earth, I call to you when I begin to lose heart. Lead me to the rock that is high above me. You have been my refuge, a tower of strength against the enemy. I would like to be a guest in your tent forever and to take refuge under the protection of your wings. Selah”. (Psalms 61:1-4 GW)
“Lead me to the rock that is high above me!” That rock is Jesus Christ. He is the Chief Cornerstone. Those who see God as small have rejected this stone. But to those who see God as BIG – they have come to Him and seen that He is precious, powerful, and full of mercy! There is not a single issue in life that we will face that is beyond His power or His care. He is Bigger than the tallest mountain we face. He created the heavens and the galaxies, and through His power they remain in orbit and order. If He holds the stars in His hand, how much more can He hold my problems, worries, and fears?
Lord, this morning, open my eyes to see the wonder of Your Power and Glory! When I begin to lose heart, let me run to the Rock that is high above me – Jesus Christ my Lord! Be my refuge, my strong tower, my victory. Let me dwell under the refuge of Your Grace and Love.
In Jesus Name!