How big is God?

10th July, 2009 - Posted by Claire Larsen - No Comments

How does anyone grasp the magnitude and infinity that is God? Well, in Isaiah 40:12 the Lord God has given us several pictures to make it a little easier. 

“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand?” –Ask your child to cup his hands. Then using a tablespoon, pour water into his hands one spoonful at a time. Probably it’ll take only two, maybe three, spoonfuls to fill up his cupped hands. What does this mean?  God ‘s “hands” are so huge that the water from all the oceans and seas combined are like two tablespoons of water to Him.

” … or with the breath of his hand marked off the heavens?” — Ask your child to spread out his hand. Then measure the distance from the end of his thumb to the end of his smallest finger. What’s the distance — five or six inches? God’s “hand” is so vast the the entire universe can fit in the space between His thumb and little finger.

“Who has held the dust of the earth in a basket?” – God is so big that He could put all the dust of the whole earth in a basket  and carry it.

We can’t really understand the bigness of God, but I’m thankful for these pictures that the Lord gave us. What are some other metaphors in Isaiah 40 that excite the imagination? Isn’t it comforting to know that this big God has made the promise to us: “I will be your God and your will be my people.”

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