How Great is Our God?- More than Lipservice on God’s Majesty

To whom then will you compare me, that I should be like him? says the Holy One.” -Isaiah 40.25

As I work to prepare a lesson on Chapter 8 of J.I. Packer’s book Knowing God, and I reflect on the lesson I just taught out of Erwin Lutzer’s book Is God on America’s Side, I am have run across two expositions of the same idea.

This is how J.I Packer puts it:

This question [Isaiah 40.25] rebukes wrong thoughts about God.  ‘Your thoughts of God are too human,’ said Luther to Erasmus.  This is where most of us go astray.  Our thoughts of God are not great enough; we fail to reckon with the reality of his limitless wisdom and power.  Because we ourselves are limited and weak, we imagine that at some points God is too, and find it hard to believe that he is not.  We think of God as too much like what we are. (Knowing God, p.88)

And likewise for Dr. Lutzer:

Clearly, the God who was briefly allowed to reenter American public life [following 9/11] was not the God of the Bible but the God of our civil religion. This God is described by [R.C.] Sproul as a certain kind of being. ‘He is a deity without sovereignty, a god without wrath, a judge without judgment, and a force without power.’ Or to say it differently, the God many people sang about was just ‘a bigger one of us.’ (Is God on America’s Side?, p.13)

Both of these quotes are convicting.  As a staunch Calvinist I would want to argue that I have a “big God,” but when put my thoughts in light of God’s overall greatness, how often do I find myself minimizing him?  It may not be the case that I am minimizing God by saying that he has changed and that the things he detested in biblical times he no longer hates (like those promoting a trajectory hermeneutic would claim), but what about the way I live my life?  When I am anxious over something is it not that I am minimizing God’s ability to handle that situation?  When I chose to openly defy what I know God has called me to do is it not that I am minimizing God’s greatness to judge and punish me for rejecting his will?

I think that I spend to little time actually meditating on these points.  I know that the influence of Eastern practices into Christian culture would tell me to look out into the stars and ponder how majestic God truly is, and though I don’t know if I’m quite into that mindset yet, the thought rings true; in my haste and deadly self-reliance, the first thing to go is always the greatness of God, and thus it is this attribute of His that I need to more readily perceive in my everyday life in order to not minimize the limitless maker of all creation.

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