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IN THE CARPENTER’S WORKSHOP: God is bigger

“God’s love is meteoric, his loyalty astronomic, His purpose titanic, his verdicts oceanic.  Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost; Not a man, not a mouse, slips through the cracks.  How exquisite your love, O God!  How eager we are to run under your wings” ~ Psalm 36:5-7 (MSG)

When people are struggling, they desperately need to experience how big God is.  Catastrophic crises can take the wind out of our sails.  They should, for we are human.

When we realize that the sails driving the ship are the cosmic sails of the master sailor, God himself, and that the fabric reaches to the heavens and can cover the whole earth if unfurled, we see much bigger than the difficulty of the moment.

This is how big God’s love is.  Bigger than any disagreement, higher than any mountain, deeper than any ocean, wider than the universe.  That is how much God can love us.

His love is bigger than anything we could dream up.  As the scripture says, it is meteoric.  Can you imagine a meteor speeding to earth from heaven to do wonderful things?  How about millions of meteors of love with the same destination?

Petula Clark, in her 70’s hit “My Love,” could have been describing God’s love when she sang:

My love is warmer than the warmest sunshine

Softer than a sigh.

My love is deeper than the deepest ocean

Wider than the sky.

My love is brighter than the brightest star

That shines every night above

And there is nothing in this world

That can ever change my love

God’s love is bigger than this!  Here is the next layer.  God makes us able to love one another with that same love.  Patient, kind, unselfish.  See 1 Corinthians 13 in any translation for further details.

His loyalty is astronomic.  Insert stars, universes, suns and moons, and the infinity of space, and we have a great picture of God’s loyalty.

Not like the loyalty of the world.  So fickle we are as humans that the least little thing can offend or divide.

We should lift prayers that God’s loyalty will unite us to every Christian.  That what unites will be much stronger than what divides us. That we do not insist on our own way, but welcome opinions and suggestions, which grow and heal.

The division and snippiness of world and local governments is shameful.  Even Christian churches and denominations are loyal, as long as the situation suits them.

Whatever happened being sensitive to the other person’s point of view?  The song “He ain’t Heavy, He’s my Brother?”  Bearing one another’s burdens?  

We must find love and loyalty from heaven once again, and when we do, we must never let it go.  God waits to show us a bigger way, a better way, and all we have to do is listen.

God’s purpose is titanic.  What this means is that his great ends for his people are immense, of exceptional strength and power.

God has higher intentions than survival or getting our way.  He is concerned about our ultimate purpose, and the wonderful and miraculous things which are possible when we travel with him.

It took the people of Israel 40 years of wandering in the desert to find God’s purpose for them.  They complained.  They sulked.  They schemed.  They blamed.  Then they died.

How long will it take us to see the titanic purpose of God for our lives?  Maybe just an instant further than we were willing to go before we read these last words, dear reader?

His verdicts are oceanic.  How many worlds have been found in the ocean already?  And how many have yet to be discovered?

Deeper than the deepest deep.  Wider than we could ever imagine.  Life-altering verdicts which shake the very foundations of the earth and bring wonder and hope which only God can make possible.  This is how his decisions and thoughts can affect us and our world.

Let us consider God’s wings.  They are bigger than any pain or difficulty.  Larger than Satan by a long shot.  Greater than any worry about a decision for him or for his church.

God’s wingspan is greater than the B-52 Bomber, the widest wings of the greatest airplane.   His arms are long enough to reach around the earth and more.

He is bigger than death or disease.  He is bigger than anything, which might worry us.

As we wonder how such a big God might know or care for us, we turn again to the psalmist in the verses above.  After all these descriptions, which show us how big God is, he goes on to say, “Yet in his largeness nothing gets lost.  Not a man, not a mouse slips through the cracks.”

It is time to realize that nothing is so big that God cannot handle it.  Stop telling God how big your storms are.  Tell the storms how big your God is.  You’ll be amazed at the difference!