walk in the word
We hear a lot today about the nearness of God, but not so much about His transcendence. We’re like, “I asked Jesus into my heart,” even though that phrase is found nowhere in Scripture. We focus too much on: “Oh, God was with me today when I was in the car.” Or, “I woke up in the middle of the night, and God was with me in my bedroom.” We talk so much about the nearness of God that we’ve skewed our perspective of His transcendence—the fact that He is lofty and distant and “wholly other.” Are these contradictory ideas? No. God himself says, “Am I a God who is near . . . and not a God far off?” (Jer 23:23). We need to recapture a sense of the transcendence of God.
Isaiah had a good grip on God’s transcendence when he wrote: “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales?” (Isaiah 40:12). Let’s take those a phrase at a time.
Measured the waters. Get the hollow of your hand ready. See that little place down in there in the middle. Just think about all of the water in all of the world—all 912,500 cubic miles of it. That’s one mile by one mile by one mile multiplied 912,500 times. God’s like, “Got it. Got it right here in the palm of my hand.” This shows us how great and how awesome God really is.
Marked off the heavens. Now a span is the distance from the tip of your thumb to the tip of your baby finger. I can almost get my span around an orange, if you want to think about size. Maybe Shaquille O’Neal could get his span most of the way around a basketball. Now ponder this for a minute: God can palm the world. God’s like, “Got it. Right here. The whole thing. All 25,326 miles around. Got it!” Isaiah is describing to us the awesomeness of God.
Calculated the dust. Think of all of the dirt in your backyard. Have you ever tried to move a yard of it? The Bible says that God can scoop up all of the soil of the earth in one cup. Again we see the massiveness of God in creation.
Weighed the mountains. God’s like, “Okay. Put the Rockies on this side of the scale. That’s what We need over there in the States. Now in Europe let’s make the Alps. How big do We want those?” He puts mountains on a scale like we would weigh up vegetables.
Though I have walked with the Lord for nearly twenty-five years, there have been only a few times when I’ve had a peek at the glory of God. I was either alone with Him or praying with a group of people, and the smallest corner of heaven would open for a moment, and a bit of God’s glory would shine through. If that was enough to put us on our faces, imagine how great it’s going to be on the day when the glory of the Lord is fully revealed!
May God bring His glory to bear upon our lives and upon our families so that we would see Him lifted up before us in a way that we’ve never seen Him before! Pray that the Lord would give you a glimpse of His glory, so that you might see afresh the transcendence of God.
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