Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Greater Than… - Martin Wiles

This shows that the Son is far greater than the angels, just as the name God gave him is greater than their names. Hebrews 1:4 NLT

Far back in my educational journey, I learned the symbols > and < meant greater than and less than. Knowing that in itself meant nothing, but using them to compare numbers made a little more sense. If my income was greater than my outgo, I was in the red. If my grocery bill was greater than the amount in my checking account, something would have to be put back. If my rent payment was greater than what I had left over after paying all other bills, I might eventually be evicted. Practical stuff. 

In many of the early churches, false teachers taught God could only be approached through angels. Some even thought Jesus was God’s highest angel. Angels shouldn’t be worshiped nor is Jesus one of them. He is greater than angels and also some other things I tackle. 

Jesus is greater than all my fears as well as the things or people that arouse them. God hasn’t given me a spirit of fear but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). Greater is he that lives in me than anything the world can hurl my way. 

Jesus is greater than all my anxieties. There are numerous things that could cause me to be anxious or worry. Rather than do that, I can present my anxieties to God and experience a peace beyond my comprehension (Philippians 4:6-7). Jesus said I wasn’t to worry because he was in control of all my tomorrows (Matthew 6:34). 

Jesus is greater than any problem I will face. I must trust in him with all my heart and not depend on my own understanding. When I do, he will direct my paths (Proverbs 3:5-6). 

Finally, Jesus is greater than any temptation I confront. He’s promised not to allow them to become so intense that I can’t endure and conquer them with his help. There is always a way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13).

Have you discovered that God is greater than anything you might meet?

Prayer: God of power and God of grace, we humbly trust our fear, worries, anxieties, problems, and temptations to You.
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