Size Matters

Big-GodHave you ever wondered why, when you go to the drug store, a tiny tube of lip balm is displayed inside a big cardboard package? Industry marketers have learned that unless their product takes up room on the shelf it won’t get the buyer’s attention and will not sell as well. Size matters.

If you don’t believe that size matters watch the NFL draft day and observe the dimensions of players coming into the pro football ranks. Six eight, 300+ pounds seems to be average. And the average height of pro basketball players is obvious. Any professional coach will shout a fundamental football or basketball truth, “Size matters.”

What about you? Does size matter to you?

Often when we think of the size of things, we are looking at our problems. The size of our personal debt, the huge proportions of the pornography problem, national unemployment, or the overwhelming issues of world hunger, abuse of women, and incurable diseases.

But, I’ve been thinking about what we dedicate our lives to… that is, what issues or things become our gods. The best way to examine the question of godhood in our everyday lives is contemplating what we spend the majority of our time, talent, and treasure pursuing. It could be a career, it could be a person we’ve become fixated upon, it could even be a pleasure we’ve given into. What (or who) is the focus of your time, your talent, and your treasure? This is an important question because Size Matters.

J.B. Phillips wrote a wonderful book entitled, “Your God Is Too Small.” I highly recommend it. It helps us think about how we shrink God’s might and power down to the size of our expectations so that He can’t possibly disappoint us. We don’t pray for mighty things and therefore we don’t get amazing miracles in our everyday experience. This puts God on par with other ineffectual gods and lets us feel better about pursuing those other, equally ineffectual deities. Quite literally our God is too small.

The Bible makes it clear we each need to be very careful about giving our time, talent, and treasure to things other than the one, true God.

Little children, guard yourselves from idols.       1 John 5:21  

“You shall have no other gods before Me.         Exodus 20:3  

Any time we take God off the sovereign, controlling throne of our lives, we have placed an idol in that position. If we stop and think about it, placing our faith and devotion in something that doesn’t have the power of miraculous intervention in the lives of man is just crazy!

“When you cry out, let your collection of idols deliver you. But the wind will carry all of them up, And a breath will take them away. But he who takes refuge in Me will inherit the land And will possess My holy mountain.”         Isaiah 57:13

It is He who made the earth by His power, Who established the world by His wisdom, And by His understanding He stretched out the heavens. When He utters His voice, there is a tumult of waters in the heavens, And He causes the clouds to ascend from the end of the earth; He makes lightning for the rain And brings forth the wind from His storehouses. All mankind is stupid, devoid of knowledge; Every goldsmith is put to shame by his idols, For his molten images are deceitful, And there is no breath in them. They are worthless, a work of mockery; In the time of their punishment they will perish.         Jeremiah 51:15–18

So often, we put our trust in some dead, powerless thing that when we set it down, it just sits there. It is helpless to change anything (except make our lives worse). These idols, or false gods, are made by us to fulfill some need, which they never do. What are you giving your time, talent, and treasure to? Is it worth it? Does it give back with loving action, powerful answers to prayers, protective intervention, or amazing impact in the lives of others?

The angels know the quality necessary to make a God. When Gabriel was talking with Mary about the coming of Jesus’ birth even though she was a virgin he said,

“For nothing will be impossible with God.”         Luke 1:37  

Even Jesus knew the truth.

Looking at them, Jesus said, “With people it is impossible, but not with God; for all things are possible with God.”         Mark 10:27  

Do you believe that? Nothing impossible? Do you pray to Him with the confidence that He is bigger than any problem you face? Do you absolutely know that He can rule and overrule governments, terrorists, physical needs, emotional problems, or difficult circumstances? If you don’t think He can, your God is too small.

“I know that You can do all things, And that no purpose of Yours can be thwarted.         Job 42:2

Let God back into the prominent position He deserves in your life. He is God Almighty, above all things, in control of all things, loving you above all things. When it comes to gods… size matters.

Think about it…

2 Comments

  • Matt says:

    Len,
    We sing about surrendering to Jesus. All to Jesus I surrender all to Him I freely give, I will ever love and trust Him in His presence daily live… Easy to sing more difficult to do. We much rather surrender to the issues of life then the giver of life eternal.

    Much like we condition our bodiy to be fit we have to condition our mind to cast all our anxiety on Him and to be anxious for nothing or not give in to anxiety and fear.

    Discipline which requires diligence

    Matt

    • Len Allen says:

      I wholeheartedly agree… and it seems to me the more we are diligent to discover just how big and powerful our God really is, the easier it will be to totally trust Him. He can do anything – IF we just surrender. A Pastor friend of mine once said, If we don’t let God rule – He will have to overrule. His loving rule is much more fun than His loving correction. He Is Lord – and – He Is A Big God.

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