Our Unfathomable God

Our God is greater than any other force or being. And, He is greater than all that pertains to us.

— His greatness no one can fathom! (Ps. 145:3)

Our God is wiser than the wisest of men or spiritual beings.

— His understanding no one can fathom. (Isa. 40:28)

Unfathomable God in Greatness & Understanding

If we could grasp the greatness of our God and figure out all of His ways, He would fail to be God at all for He would be no greater or wiser than our understanding. But, with unfathomable greatness and wisdom, we have an infinite God who “is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).

Essential for Both God’s Greatness & Understanding to be Unfathomable

We find verses in Scripture where God’s greatness and might accompany His wisdom and understanding.

Praise be to the name of God for ever and ever; wisdom and power are his. (Dan. 2:20)

Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. (Ps. 147:5)

This essential combination brings reassurance for we can know that we have a God who will exercise His might with wisdom.

Creation of the Heavens and Earth: Think about the chaos had God merely brought things into existence without exercising wisdom so all the variety fit together in a coordinated and good functioning design.

But God made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (Jer. 10:12)

He made the earth by his power; he founded the world by his wisdom and stretched out the heavens by his understanding. (Jer. 51:15)

Conclusion of the Heavens and Earth: Think about the judgment God would bring if only exercised by His mighty wrath and not accompanied by wisdom. All would undoubtedly be annihilated in the blink of an eye. His wisdom, however, bridles His great power so as to allow for the salvation of all who would come to Him.

… the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly. … The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Pet. 3:7-9)

A God with unfathomable greatness and wisdom can be trusted to not only take care of us now and through eternity but also to do it well, in ways that are for the good. — And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Rom. 8:28)

God, Greater Than All That Pertains to You

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Certainly if God is greater than all other forces, natural and supernatural, He is greater than all that pertains to you!

We will never fully comprehend the magnitude of “his incomparably great power for us who believe” (Eph. 1:19).

But, as we grow into a deeper understanding of how great He is, we will gain a peace and confidence to face whatever comes into our lives.

How God is Greater Than All That Pertains to You

… greater than your circumstances

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength. (Phil. 4:12-13)

And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. (2 Cor. 9:8)

Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? … No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. (Rom. 8:35-37)

… greater than your weaknesses

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. (Isa. 40:29)
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” (2 Cor. 12:9)

That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:10)

… greater than that which seems to confine or limit you

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)

… greater than temptations that come your way

No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. (1 Cor. 10:13)

Because he himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted. (Heb. 2:18)

… greater than all your sin and failures

For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is his love for those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us. (Ps. 103:11-12)

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 Jn. 1:9)

… greater than the condemnation and insecurities of our own heart

This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. (1 Jn. 3:19-20)

Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the Spirit who gives life has set you free from the law of sin and death. (Rom. 8:1-2)

… greater than your fears and opposition you might face

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. (Isa. 41:10)

For I am the LORD your God who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, Do not fear; I will help you. (Isa. 41:13)

The LORD is with me; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me? (Ps. 118:6)

So we say with confidence, “The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can mere mortals do to me?” (Heb. 13:6)

The LORD is my light and my salvation – whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life – of whom shall I be afraid? (Ps. 27:1)

The above Scripture verses speak for themselves about the difference it makes when we truly believe God is greater than all that pertains to us.

God, Greater Than All Other Forces

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Like the psalmist, we may acknowledge and praise God for His greatness.

Great is the LORD, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain. (Ps. 48:1)

Praise the LORD, my soul. LORD my God, you are very great; you are clothed with splendor and majesty. (Ps. 104:1)

But, do we acknowledge that He is greater? … greater than all else? When we do, we can also say with the psalmist …

For you are great and do marvelous deeds; you alone are God. (Ps. 86:10)

To truly be GOD, wouldn’t He have to be the one of whom there is none greater?

God is greater than all other forces, natural or supernatural.

… greater than the spiritual forces of evil

You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world. (1 Jn. 4:4)

And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. (Col. 2:15)

The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. (2 Cor. 10:4)

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. (Eph. 6:10-11)

… greater than all other gods or anything set in place of Him

Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? (Ps. 77:13)

For the LORD is the great God, the great King above all gods. (Ps. 95:3)

For great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods. (Ps. 96:4)

I know that the LORD is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. (Ps. 135:5)

… greater than all nations of this world

Great is the LORD in Zion; he is exalted over all the nations. (Ps. 99:2)

“My name will be great among the nations, from where the sun rises to where it sets. In every place incense and pure offerings will be brought to me, because my name will be great among the nations,” says the LORD Almighty. (Mal. 1:11)

When we acknowledge that God is greater than any of these forces, it changes our whole perspective about His rights and sovereignty. We find ourselves submitting to Him and trusting Him to do what’s best. Though we may not understand why He allows what He does in this world, we rest in the confidence that in the end He triumphs over all. We don’t have to understand everything to trust Him. He is GOD, the One of whom there is none greater!

The Power of God at Work in the Church

Scripture is filled with verses and examples of the power of God at work in and through His people.  Below are three passages from which we can pull out some wonderful truths about God’s power.

Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Eph. 3:20-21)

 

His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness. (2 Pet. 1:3)

 

And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light.  (Col. 1:10-12)

 

The Power’s Source:

  • “Him who is able to do”
  • “His divine power”
  • “His glorious might”
— The character or essence of the Almighty God of whom there is none greater is that on which we rely.

The Power’s Extent:

  • “immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine”
  • “has given us everything we need
  • “strengthened with all power”
— We have all we need and then some … a limitless amount of power.

The Power’s Measurement:

  • “according to His power”
  • “through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness”
  • “according to his glorious might”
— The basis we should use for determining possibilities is what He does, not what we do …. who He is, not who we are.

The Power’s Target:

  • “at work within us”
  • “for life and godliness”
  • “that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way”
— He uses His power to work both in us and through us in all areas of life.

The Power’s Objective:

  • “to him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever”
  • “so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father”
  • “a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way”
— The credit goes to Him, not us, because it was His power at work, not us.

We cannot begin to comprehend all God wants to do in and through the church.  To think that an Almighty, infinite, eternal God would work through weak, finite beings is mind boggling.  Let’s not take it for granted.

More for Church Leaders:  God’s Power for the Church

Your View of the Greatness of God Matters in Ministry

Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise;
his greatness no one can fathom.  (Ps. 145:3)

Your view of the greatness of God is critical to ministry effectiveness.  Here is why:

  1. It will affect your confidence level in ministry.
If your God doesn’t seem all that great to you, why not rely on yourself or others to do the work?  But, if you do that, don’t expect a whole lot to happen.  Ministry accomplished by finite beings, yields little.   However, if you view His greatness as so vast that you can’t even begin to fathom it, you will “trust in the Lord with ALL your heart and lean not on your own understanding” (Prov. 3:5). Then you will be able to step out in confidence, knowing that with His wisdom guiding you and His power enabling you, much will be accomplished that will count for eternity.
  1. It will affect your enthusiasm or passion in ministry.
An anemic God doesn’t give us much to get excited about.  However, with a God whose greatness can’t even begin to be fathomed, all sorts of possibilities and potential in ministry open before us and that keeps the spiritual adrenaline pumping.  This is a God who is “able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20).

Need a little refresher course on the greatness of God? Perhaps this video of Louie Giglio speaking on “How Great is Our God” will give you some perspective. It will take only about 10 minutes of your time to watch it.  (If the video doesn’t show in your browser, you can watch it on YouTube.)

Easter Points to the Power of God

 

Easter Points to the Power of God
. . . Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. (1 Cor. 15:3-4)

Death seemed to point to a weakness in Jesus’ claims to be more than a man.  Being raised from the dead, however, took divine power.  See 2 Corinthians 13:4. Consequently, Easter’s power confirms the identity of Jesus as the Son of God.

. . . who through the Spirit of holiness was declared with power to be the Son of God by his resurrection from the dead: Jesus Christ our Lord.  (Rom. 1:4)

If He had remained dead, He would be no greater than mankind.  He would not have accomplished salvation.  But, having power over death and the devil, Jesus proved Himself to be the promised One.

“Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death – that is, the devil – and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death. ” (Heb. 2:14-15)

Ephesians 1:19-20 speaks of  “his incomparably great power for us who believe.

That power is like the working of his mighty strength, which he exerted in Christ when he raised him from the dead and seated him at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every title that can be given, not only in the present age but also in the one to come.”

The Power of God that raised Jesus from the dead is available for us today.

  1. Easter’s power assures us of our own resurrection. (1 Cor. 6:14)
  2. Easter’s power gives us everything we need to be godly. (2 Pet. 1:3)
  3. Easter’s power enables us to serve from a vantage point of strength, not weakness.  (2 Cor. 13:4)
  4. Easter’s power emboldens us to hold forth the Gospel. (Rom. 1:16)

Let’s be careful that we don’t think we can take something wrought by the power of God, and perpetuate it by human wisdom and effort.

. . . preach the gospel – not with words of human wisdom, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.  (1 Cor. 1:17-18)