I’m ‘away’ the first part of this week, staying with Luke in Columbus while he attends a technology conference. It has been very nice and restful. I still went to BSF last night, not wanting to smudge my perfect attendance record. The past two weeks we have been studying Isaiah 40, a rich bridge between the judgments of the first part of the book, and the marvelous blessings of the second. This week opened with the section of verses 12-17, where Isaiah describes God’s massive power and wisdom, and how both of these attributes originate with Him. Um, actually, everything originates with Him. He’s it! Thinking about this just blew me away, as I realized that there really isn’t a word that describes the size of our God, or His infinite knowledge. And the things He’s created, in comparison to Him, are like a drop in a bucket, like fine dust.
Yet He didn’t stay there, parked in His high and lofty place, far removed from the people He made. My read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year schedule had me in Exodus 15 today. That chapter talks about how, after the Israelites are delivered out of Egypt, the LORD begins to dwell among them, first from His pillar of cloud and of fire. In later chapters of Exodus we read how He eventually resides in a tent in the midst of the Israelite camp that could be folded up and carried along with them. Imagine: this massive Being coming to be among people!
Yet He didn’t stay there, dwelling in a tent made with human hands. I love how Anne puts it in this post: He became one of us. Immanuel, God with us, born of the tribe of Judah, fulfilling the promise to Jacob that God would bless his descendants.
Yet He didn’t stay there, living a perfect life as one of Israel’s heirs. He chose to die for the people He made, His resurrection and return to Heaven making it possible for His Spirit to come dwell in us. I Corinthians 8:6 (another read-through verse from yesterday) says:
…yet for us there is but one God, the Father, from whom all things came and for whom we live; and there is but one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom all things came and through whom we live.
This is a jumble of thoughts that may only make sense to me, but I wanted to get them down while I was thinking about it. God enthroned on high humbles Himself to raise me up! (see Ps.113:6,7) Now, when a problem comes up that tempts me to doubt God’s existence or presence in my life, I should remind myself of what He’s done- maybe even put it on the fridge or something.
BIG God (Is. 40:12-17)
BIG God in cloud (Ex. 15)
BIG God in tent (Ex. 35)
BIG God in Man (Luke 2:11)
BIG God in me (Col. 1:27)
Post title from Psalm 114:2a