Summary: As in many other places in the Bible, Isaiah 40 gives us a glimpse into God's greatness. He is strong as iron and tender as a shepherd (10-11). Adjectives like enormous and wise fall so short when we consider His creation and counsel (12-13). Not only tha
It's not a question, it's a statement. I probably should add an exclamation point: How Great is Our God! As in many other places in the Bible, Isaiah 40 gives us a glimpse into God's greatness. He is strong as iron and tender as a shepherd (10-11). Adjectives like enormous and wise fall so short when we consider His creation and counsel (12-13). Not only that, but God invests His power into us, His people (29). God is awesome!
The splendor of a King, clothed in majesty,
Let all the earth rejoice.
He wraps himself in Light, and darkness tries to hide,
And trembles at His voice.
Name above all names, Worthy of our praise.
My heart will sing - How great is our God!
- Chris Tomlin
God’s Greatness is Unsearchable
The Bible says that God's greatness is too wonderful for man's heart. It is so awesome that it is really still a secret hidden from our minds (Ps. 139:6, 145:3; Judges 13:17-18). Indeed, it is beyond knowing. His greatness is incomprehensible by our finite minds. Even when we think we've turned the corner of our understanding, we should realize that we haven't even come close to being in the same state - much less the same street - of God's unsearchable awesomeness.
God is limitless in All He Knows. We call this omniscience. There is nothing that He doesn't already know. He's never needed counsel or lacked for wisdom. No one has ever been able to say they gave advice to God (Isa. 40:13). He knows the answer to every question we ask; He even knows the questions we will ask before we ask them. Really, God is so great that He knows the questions we should have asked when we didn't ask anything. We often ask, "Why?" God knows. He understands even when we don't. When we can't see the end and we fill with doubts and fears, God invites us to trust Him (Isa. 28:29).
God is measureless in All He Does. We call this omnipotence. There is nothing that God cannot do. He's not limited in his ability in any aspect. He has no Achilles heel. He's never felt threatened (Ps. 2:1-4). God's never gotten better because He's always been as good as He can get. We don't always understand His ways (Rom. 11:33), but we can be assured that He is still trustworthy.
God is ceaseless in All He Is. We call this omnipresence. God is God everywhere at all times. He is 100% present here and there, and He's not spread too thin. He's never taken a day off from being God - never needed one! He doesn't have to stop listening to my prayers in order to help you with yours. He multitasks and loses no productivity. He's never changed because He needs no change (unlike the rest of us).
God’s Greatness is Untouchable
God is awesome because He is sinless (holy) and endless (eternal). Stuff in this world exists according to a timeline. Things we buy new come with warranties because even the manufacturers know they will eventually wear out, deteriorate, fall apart, and break down. But not God! He is without the element of corruption: He is without sin. He will never tire, never faint, never falter, never fail. Things of this earth have an expiration date, they go bad, they rot, rust, and need renewed. But not God! He is eternal. He never had a beginning and will never see an end (Ps. 102:11-12). He is entirely incorruptible and untouchable.