May 20, 2016 0 Comments

Our verse for today comes from Isaiah 40: “Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, and are counted as the small dust on the scales; behold, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. All nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him less than nothing, and worthless. . . .It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers” (Isa. 40:15, 17, 22).

God is "Immense"

How big is our God? In today’s text, God is trying to explain to the prophet Isaiah just how big He is. In theology, we refer to this attribute as the immensity of God. First, God asks Isaiah a whole series of rhetorical questions, such as:
“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand?”.
“Who has weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?”
“Who has directed the Spirit of the Lord, or being His counselor, has taught Him?”

God is "Infinite"

Our God is infinite. He is incomparable in His greatness, and this is witnessed by creation. Just look at the universe—it is measured in light years! The grandeur of mountains, and the vast expanse of oceans. The energy generated by the sun, and the power that is packed into one atomic molecule. Yes, our God is a great God! His greatness is unfathomable to the human mind.

God is "Involved"

Isaiah wrote chapter 40 at a time when Assyria was a real threat to the survival of Israel. The Assyrian empire seemed so strong and so formidable. What a comfort it was for God’s people to be reminded that the “nations are as a drop in a bucket” (verse 15); that compared to God the “nations before Him are as nothing, and they are counted by Him as less than nothing” (verse 17). If you have ever wondered where the phrase “drop in a bucket” came from—it came from God who was describing His awesome immensity and power, in relation to those “puny” nations on earth. And speaking of the earth, “it is He who sits on the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers” (verse 22). God made it very clear in Scripture, 800 years before Christ, that the world was a sphere, a “circle”. If people in Medieval times would have read their Bible, they would have rejected the absurd idea of a flat earth. The next time you are feeling like a “big shot”, like some wealthy corporate executives do, remember what the Lord said. In His sight you are no bigger than a grasshopper.

God is "Immanent"

Which means that the fact God loves sinners, insignificant as they are, is almost incomprehensible. For the truth of the matter is this: even though our God is immense, He is also immanent. The word immanent means close by, near at hand. The Bible says that Christ dwells within us (if we are believers)! He is the God who is "way out there", but also the God who is right here. He created the universe, but He loves you. He is all powerful, yet He cares about the "little things" of your life! Amazing, isn’t it? Truly, He is a big God, but not so big as to ignore who you are, where you are, and what you need.

Richard Seefried
Harrisonburg, VA
Richard Seefried has a Master’s Degree in Christian Ministry, and is licensed & certified by the NCCA as a clinical pastoral counselor.