Greatness


God and I are pretty close. We talk on a regular basis, and even though I know I have a long way to go still, I’d like to think that I understand His heart. God is the one Person I have always known I could count on, my true best friend and the one person who has never let me down. So I feel comfortable around Him. I feel like I can tell Him anything because I know He’ll understand what I’m feeling — because He felt it too.

But sometimes I wonder if I’m too casual with Him. I always try to remember who God is, but can a regular, normal, living, breathing human like me really comprehend who God is?

No.

Today’s verse is Job 37:5-6.

5 God’s voice is glorious in the thunder.
      We can’t even imagine the greatness of his power.
 6 “He directs the snow to fall on the earth
      and tells the rain to pour down.

It’s beautiful language. The figurative speech in these two verses is rich and vivid. And then we realize that it isn’t figurative.

When this verse talks about God’s voice in the thunder, that’s where it is. It’s not being poetic when it’s talking about God controlling the weather either. He does.

Can we grasp that? Does anyone on earth truly understand how great God is?

We think we do. We think we can imagine enough. We convince ourselves that we know God so well that we can be casual with Him, to the point of not giving Him the respect He deserves.

I saw a sermon once by Louie Giglio. By the way, if you ever have an opportunity to hear him speak, you should go for it. He’s amazing. But in this message, he talked about how Christians don’t respect God.

We live in a culture that has brought God down to our level.

Now, let me stop for a moment and just say that God did come down to our level. Christ came to Earth as a human, lived as a human, died as a human. He was just as much human as though He had never been God. But, on the flip side, the side that many people forget, He was just as much God as though He had never been human.

God did come to us. And though He understands everything about us, we can never understand everything about Him. Because He’s God. And He is great.

We think we know awesome. We think we know greatness. We don’t have a clue. Any earthly greatness fades in comparison to God. And the sights and sounds of Earth that we call awesome were created by God.

I think it’s part of the human condition to take what we don’t understand and bring it down to our level. Because we’ve done it with Satan and we’ve done it with God. Satan has become a cute little imp in a red suit with a forked tail and a pitchfork. And Jesus has become our homeboy, a character spoofed on television shows and made fun of by the media.

And it’s not right.

Because someday soon, Jesus is coming back. And then everyone will be able to see that the Bible isn’t joking when it calls Him great. And then we’ll understand what greatness is.

But until then, we have to do the best we can with what we have and what we know. I don’t understand God or His love for me. I don’t know how He controls everything in the universe. I don’t know why He chooses to do things the way He does. But I know this: I don’t have to understand God to know how much He loves me. And I don’t have to understand God to realize how awesome He is. Just the fact that I can’t understand Him makes Him amazing.

And while He wants us to be brutally honest with Him, to be real with Him, and not stuffy and arrogant like so many church people are, we can never forget that He is great. We can never let ourselves treat God casually or take His kindness for granted.

Why?

Because if we don’t get this straight, we won’t live the way we’re supposed to. If you think God is some fluffy little promise maker floating in the sky who gives everybody what they want when they want it, you won’t respect Him like you should. If you think Jesus is just for comic relief or that He’s only around to make sure God knows what it’s like to be human, you won’t respect Him like you should. And if you think the Holy Spirit doesn’t matter, you won’t respect Him like you should.

God is great. Jesus is great. The Holy Spirit is great. God is great.

He loves us. Yes. But how we treat God tells other people what we think about Him.

My God created the world. He speaks in the thunder. He tells the snow and the rain when to fall. He deserves my worship, my heart, and my life. He deserves more than I can give Him in return for what He has done for me. And I want my life to represent that.

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