Able Church Message:
“How Big is Your God?”
by Pastor Tim Mandich
We recently discussed the importance of prayer and our need to stand with one another as a community that supports each other in prayer. But I believe some of us must examine our belief system in the whole issue of who is our God and how much can He do for us? After all, if we haven’t the faith to believe that God can and does answer prayer then our desire to pray is likely to be weak at best. But the bigger question is this – “does what I believe about God line-up with what God’s word says about Him?”
Ephesians 3:20 (NIRV) God is able to do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. He does everything by his power that is working in us.
What Paul is saying to us in Ephesians 3:20 is the basis for what we need to use in judging just how big our God is. He can do far more than we could ever ask for or imagine. Some of us have big imaginations so we might be able to come up with some wild questions as to what God can do. But we don’t have to look too far from what we read in the Bible to determine God’s abilities. In fact, God addressed Job’s misguided understanding of who God was by questioning him as we read the book of Job. Let’s pick-up on this conversation starting in chapter 3 verses 12-38. Read closely to God’s conversation with Job.
Job 38:12,16-18 (NIRV) “Job, have you ever commanded the morning to come?
Have you ever shown the sun where to rise?
16 “Have you traveled to the springs at the bottom of the ocean?
Have you walked in its deepest parts?
17 Have the gates of death been shown to you?
Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?
18 Do you understand how big the earth is?
Tell me, if you know all these things.
And God goes on with these questions to Job from Chapter 38 to chapter 42. If you have never read these verses, you should. What they do is to lay-out all the working of what He (God) has done, and God uses questions to ask Job who can do the same? In the end when you read all of it, you’re humbled to know just how powerful, creative, and big our God really is. It’s a whole new description given to us of who God is verses what we have imagined or made Him to be.
I began the message tonight asking the question: How big is your God? It’s a good question to ask ourselves in the times we are living in. There are those who are enemies of God and are always trying to make Him appear smaller and smaller. But don’t be fooled, our God is the same today as He was at the beginning of creation when He made the heavens and the earth. And one day He will take those found faithful to believe in Him home to walk streets of gold. And for those found faithless, living without Jesus, their fate is worse than anything imaginable. Step out and surrender your life to Jesus today and allow Him to settle this question in your heart of just how big your God is. You won’t regret it.