The greatness of God
September 28, 2009
by Pastor Dan Swanson, First Baptist Church, Cokato

After many years of studying and teaching about the greatness of our God, I am still amazed about the personal care that He has for us as individuals.

God is described in terms that are astronomical. “It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants are like grasshoppers; He stretches out the Heavens like a curtain and spreads them like a tent to dwell in”. . . (Isaiah 40:22) His glorious greatness is one of the main themes of Isaiah’s prophecy.

Yet, God is also described in personal and caring ways that seem almost inappropriate. “He will tend His flock like a shepherd. He will gather the lambs in His arms; He will carry them in His bosom and gently lead those that are with young.” (Isaiah 40:11)

How do we balance these two viewpoints of God? Well, some have made Him to be uninvolved in His creation because of His great size and power. Perhaps no chapter of scripture explains this aspect better than Isaiah chapter 40.

Other people look at the caring and care giving descriptions of God and lose sight of His immensity. They lose themselves in the God who deals individually with the small and seemingly insignificant specks of dust.

Here is another moment when I see so clearly that it does not have to be either this or that. It can and it does happen that God is great in both size and power and yet, at the same moment, He cares for us beyond what logic would seem to dictate.

And so, as we look at the last verse of the chapter, we read, “those who wait (hope) in the Lord will renew their strength – they will mount up with wings like eagles – they shall run and not be weary – they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:11)

We want to soar into the heavens. We want to run and never tire. But, I sincerely believe God wants us simply to walk with Him each day.

I hope that you will see and experience Him empowering you each day. May God help you to hold His greatness in your heart.