Saturday Sermon: Discovering the greatness of God
By Shan Jackson
Oct. 26, 2012 at 5:26 a.m.
From the dawn of human time, man has sought to discover truth. From the most simple to the most complex, his search has continued. Through his efforts, man has discovered the usefulness of fire, the necessity of food, and we could go on and on. Another thing that man has discovered, which will serve as the gist of this article, is the greatness of God.
Down through the ages man has realized, in a human-limited way, the greatness of God. Yet, in reality, God's greatness is beyond human comprehension, and any attempt to describe His greatness is an exercise in futility.
Concepts such as omnipotence and omnipresence are difficult to pronounce much less comprehend. To say that God is awesome, powerful and glorious actually fails to truly capture how awesome, powerful and glorious God actually is.
It is impossible for us to put into words characteristics to describe a God who knows the composition of every atom, the number of grains of sand upon every shore and the exact number of all the stars in the universe. Is it possible to comprehend the power of God who spoke and the universe was created? Who simply mouthed the words, "Let there be light," and there was light? It is impossible to comprehend a God who sees every sparrow that falls and knows the intent of every heart, as well as every thought of every human being. Concepts like eternity, creation and such escape our ability to understand. Perhaps the best way to sum up a description of God is to say He is indescribable and incomparable (at some point we discover that words are not enough). Human wisdom and ability is never sufficient when the discussion concerns our God. That is why we must be firmly grounded in God's written Word. Even though we cannot fully comprehend the greatness of God, we can still know Him.
There is, however, a word that best and most adequately describes the greatness and might of our God. The word is "Love." The most complete way to describe our indescribable Father is to reference our ancient brother, the apostle John, and say, "God is love" (1 John 4:8). And, concerning God's Son, we find, "greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends" (John 15:13). God sent His only Son Jesus to give His life for us. We may never fully understand that, but we can certainly take advantage of it. So, perhaps we cannot completely describe the greatness of God, but we can know Him, and, like the psalmist we can say, "... What god is great like our God?"
Shan Jackson is the pastor of Port Lavaca Church of Christ.