Wednesday, February 24, 2016

A God My Size - Martin Wiles

Only fools say in their hearts, “There is no God.” Psalm 14:1 NLT

She was never a hoarder—and isn’t now, but sometimes I wish she had been.

My mom was known for throwing things away. As I visit antique stores and auctions and see what things I once had are worth, I think, “Why didn’t Mom keep this?” She only kept two of my baby items: my baby blanket and my baby book. Looking at the blanket reminds me it was just my size. Had it been full, queen, or even king size, it would have swallowed me. But since it was just my size, it covered me exactly and allowed my body heat to keep me nice and warm. 

According to the psalmist, those who say there’s no God—atheists, are fools. They have made God their size. In fact, they have reduced him to nothing but a mere concoction by the minds of weak and superstitious people who can’t handle life. Since they feel they can pull themselves up by their own bootstraps—without help from a higher power, they disregard him altogether. 

Some people worship a small God. One who can handle the small details of their lives, but not the major items. One who might intervene if it’s convenient or if he has the desire. One who is harsh and unfeeling. One who is just waiting for them to make a mistake so he can relish in punishing them. 

I have chosen a larger size for my God. And not because I’m weak and afraid to face life but because God presents himself as a big God. He can tame the tornado and hush the hurricane. He can install leaders and bring them down. He can govern the world and nurture creation. 

My God, however, is re-sizable. When I need him to be, he can be small. He can comfort me when I don’t get the promotion, drive away the fear of peer pressure, and help me decide my life course. He can give me wisdom to rear my children, love my wife, and care for aging parents. He can tell me which college to attend and where not to go on vacation. He can—and wants to, govern every detail of my life. 

Are you allowing God to be the size you need for your life’s decisions?

Prayer: Father, we thank You that You are always just the size we need.

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