Have you ever had the thought, “I need to get to church”? I hope you have. I hope that we all see the need, and have the desire, for corporate worship. But have you ever thought that you needed to get to church so that you could “get around God”? How often do we try to confine God to the walls of the church? We tend to think that the front door is the extent to which His power can reach. We think that God can only save sinners when they are kneeling at the church altar. Oh sure, we would never say it out loud, but we say by our actions just the same.
How many of us lead our quiet lives devoid of God’s power? We plot and plan on how to accomplish our latest scheme like a hopeless villain from a B-rate superhero film. We try to arrange the pieces, get everything to fall into place, and we hope that we can get what we need on our own. In the end, however, we always end up feeling helpless, hopeless, and miserable because our best-laid plans are meaningless apart from God.
So, if we are going to “release” God from the walls of the church we need to understand some things. The first, and most important, is that God is God. Sounds easy, right? We would say, “God is great!” “God is powerful!” “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good!” (The last is my personal favorite) But if we are going to move past the elementary Sunday school answers to who God is, we must understand how big God is.
This is where things begin to get a little harder. If we are going to see God for how big He truly is, then we must see ourselves for how small we are. This blog post is not nearly enough to accomplish that, but we can point to you to a couple starting points.
In his book Don’t Waste Your Life author and pastor John Piper said, “It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself.”
Look at Job 38-40. Go ahead, I’ll wait…Did you read it? All of it? If not, then you need to. For those who didn’t do the assigned reading, chapters 38 and 39 are God making Job put each of them into perspective. But look at chapter 40 verses 1-4:
And the Lord said to Job: 2 “Shall a faultfinder contend with the Almighty?
He who argues with God, let him answer it.” 3 Then Job answered the Lord and said: 4 “Behold, I am of small account; what shall I answer you I lay my hand on my mouth.
Look also at Isaiah 40:18-31. I’m just going to assume you read it.
This is the same God that we worship today. He has not changed, turned His back, or lost His power. God is supremely sovereign. He does not depend on anyone or anything. God does as He desires, and needs to ask for neither permission or forgiveness.
Let God loose in your life. Realize how infinitely great He is, and how finite and frail you are. Allow God to be God, and rest in His power. Live for Him, and begin to truly live.