Every morning I transport a few Christians of the churches future (aka my children) to school. Along the ride the kids and I listen to contemporary music so they can sing songs about God. Well, it just so happens on Monday I switched and put all Chris Tomlin in the cd changer. He has an album “Live from the Austin Music Hall” that stood out. I’m always a fan of anyone’s live performances. Well, track 7 is called “How Great is Our God”. Towards the end of the song he incorporates “How Great Thou Art” from the LW 519. Well, this morning I just felt the need to hit repeat a few times and listen to the words. Why do you ask?
I have the privileged to be surrounded by very strong Christian folks in my life as well as those that are working on realizing God is calling them to be closer to him. All that really means is I’m blessed to see the various ways God works through each and everyone of us. I don’t know if God has just opened my eyes to the things happening around me more so than ever before or what, but let me tell you God is one busy bee. Ask any Christian if their God is Great and without a doubt, the answer will be YES. Now ask them just how great is their God. We all can testify and say how much HE has blessed us with family, work, friends, etc. Or we should be able to….
That leads me to the question do we really know how Great God is? I could tell you stories of healing, comfort, shelter, guidance, forgiveness, and strength just in my life in the past 4 months. Do I really know how Great God is? Do any of us know how Great God is? I have to be honest I must be underestimating God’s power or there is some sort of disconnect someplace. I’ll be the first person to say put it in God’s hands and that he is always with us through our trials, tribulations, and transgressions. And mean it with my whole heart and soul.
I now wonder how it is we short change God’s power. To deliver a fleeting congregation looking for a pastor, to warm the heart of his lost sheep, to comfort a nation/world in this economic climate, and to raise up those in HIS flock working through them to witness and evangelize the Word to the nations. We know from stories/teachings in the bible that God can do away with world, prosper a people, and raise up HIS followers to do great things in HIS NAME. I think the one that stands out to me more so than anything is pointed out in John 3:16.
"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. NIV
God is so Great that HE chose to save you/me long before we were blessed to be on this world. HE loved us so much that he sacrificed HIS own for our sins. All the blessings I have seen or experienced still pale in comparison to HIS Greatness to save us from eternal damnation.
How Great is our God? I don’t know if I will ever really know completely. I do know each second, I experience something new and realize that God has yet again surpassed my understanding of just how great HE is. For my fellow Christians realize the just How Great God is on a daily basis and don’t hesitate to share HIS greatness with all you come in contact. God works through us via the Holy Spirit to plant the seeds for HIS lost sheep (those who have strayed and those who don’t yet know of HIM). Don’t be afraid share God’s love. There is work to be done.
My God is Great.