It is he who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, and spreads them like a tent to dwell in; – Isaiah 40:22
God is incomprehensible
God is big and complex and has story arcs that span millennia. He has created things so tiny we’ve yet to find the smallest. He made a universe so immense that humanity’s best minds are continually astonished from every device they send to study it. And still, God knows the number of hairs on my head, which decreases each day!
The beauty of oceans, rivers, and mountains is indisputable. The joy of Mom and Dad, bringing home their first baby child is indescribable. The treasure of the stories told by Grandma and Grandpa are inspirational. Yet none of these even approach the wonder of God Almighty. He is more. He is the Great I Am. He is beyond our wonder.
God is marvelous
In the oldest book in the Bible, God told Job that He “He stretches out the north over the void and hangs the earth on nothing.“ (Job 26:7) And in Isaiah 40:22, we learn from God, “It is he who sits above the circle of the earth...” God told us these things some 3,000 years before there was a picture of Earth from space.
I’ll let you in on the weird questions nerdy Christians ask each other. This relates to the wonder of God. Jon: “Can God make a pizza so big that He can’t eat it?” Amy: “Yes, and then He’d eat it!” I’m serious; that was a real conversation. God is amazing, and His love for us exceeds our understanding.
God is wondrous
God is not a big cuddly teddy bear. He is fearsome (Jeremiah 20:11). He is furious with humanity (John 3:36). The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom (Psalm 111:10). Still, He had the apostle John write to tell us that God is love (1 John 4:8). We can find the refuge we so desperately seek within Him (Psalm 62:8). And He will cover our sins (Psalm 32:1). How wondrous, how powerful, how compassionate is our God.
God is complex
We discover encouraging truths in the names of God that are used in the Bible. A few of the names of God that we find are:
- Abba – Daddy – Mark 14:36
- Adonai – A Divine name, translated “Lord,” and from its derivation, “sovereignty.” – 1 Kings 2:26
- El Elyon – Most High God – Daniel 7:18
- El Elohe Yisrael – The mighty God of Israel – Isaiah 60:16
- El Roi – The God who sees me – Genesis 16:13
- El Shaddai – God Almighty, the Overpowerer – Job 40:1–2, Matthew 19:26
- Yahweh – “He is” or “His name” – Exodus 20:7
God is beyond our wonder
Truly, we serve an incomprehensible, marvelous, wondrous, complex God that loves us so much that He sacrificed His Son to provide a way of escape from His wrath and judgment. What a mighty God we serve!
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