Summary: God is a big God! But some Christians act as if they have a big devil and a little God working in their lives.
TEXT: Isaiah 12:4-6
TITLE: HOW BIG IS GOD?
A Bible Sized God ¡V A Bible Sized Devil
This is one of those questions that you would expect a child to ask. They are forever asking such things as:
ƒæ Where did God come from?
ƒæ How old is God?
ƒæ Who made God?
Here is one of those questions that I hope we will be able to answer: HOW BIG IS GOD?
Ill. A young boy traveling by airplane to visit his grandparents sat beside a man who happened to be a seminary professor. The boy was reading a Sunday school take-home paper when the professor thought he would have some fun with the lad. ¡§Young man,¡¨ said the professor, ¡§If you can tell me something God can do, I¡¦ll give you a big, shiny apple.¡¨ The boy thought for a moment and then replied, ¡§Mister, if you can tell me something God can¡¦t do, I¡¦ll give you a whole barrel of apples!¡¨
The answer to this simple yet profound question of how big is God is this: God is as big as we will let Him be in our lives.
God is a big God! But some Christians act as if they have a big devil and a little God working in their lives.
You see, God can only be as big as you allow Him to be in your life. If God seems too small to meet your needs or to solve your problems, it¡¦s not His fault because God is a big and powerful.
God is all the Bible says that He is. He is as powerful and as big as the Word proclaims that He is. There is no limit to His power and ability.
We make Him small or big by whether we believe what the Word has to say about Him or whether we don¡¦t really believe it.
Job declared: "I know that You can do everything, and that no purpose of Yours can be withheld from You¡¨ (Job 42:2).
The Living Bible puts it this way: "I know that you can do anything and that no one can stop you.¡¨
Jesus even declared in Matthew 19:26 - "With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible."
It is our faith or our lack of faith in God¡¦s word that will determine how big God is in our lives.
Some people have more faith in the devil and in his ability to steal, kill, and destroy than they do in God¡¦s goodness and in his ability to deliver them out of any test, trial, or temptation the devil may bring their way.
In other words, they have a big devil and a little God.
ƒæ They¡¦ve got more faith in sickness than they do in health.
ƒæ They¡¦ve got more faith in lack than they do in God¡¦s abundant provision and supply.
ƒæ They¡¦ve got more faith in fear than they do in God¡¦s protection and His love for them.
You ask, ¡§well How do you know that?¡¨ Just listen as people talk: ¡§Well it¡¦s that time of the year again, I guess we better stock up on the sinus medicine¡¨ or ¡§every one of those kids will be sick¡¨ or ¡§we¡¦re facing such a decline in the economy. It looks like we¡¦re not going to make it this time.¡¨
It doesn¡¦t matter what time of the year it is you can always know that He is Jehovah-rophe the God who heals all sickness and disease.
According to the circumstances these things might be true, but according to the Bible God is a big God and He is able to deliver you out of any circumstance or trial.
Be assured, the devil will always come with his bag of tricks. He will always come with his lies and his deceit in order to try to rob you of God¡¦s best in life. He will try to get you to yield to temptation and become the servant of sin or to become discouraged, despondent, and defeated. His goal is to eventually leave you just a ¡§shell¡¦ of a person. He wants to destroy you faith in God and His word.
But listen to this; we don¡¦t have to be afraid of the devil and his lies. The Bible says: ¡§¡Kyou shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free¡¨ (John 8:32).
It is when we know the truth from God¡¦s word and act upon it that God will be able to show Himself strong in our lives.
As we read the Word and know what it says it then helps us to realize the bigness of God and as a result He is able to do great things for us.
God will become to us as big as the truth we have learned about Him.