Not Too Small, Not Too Big
“I lift up my eyes to the hills—where does my help come from?” – Psalm 121
Do you feel anxious about something you’re facing? Do you feel like you’re on your own? Are you loosing hope? Fear, loneliness and hopelessness easily take hold in our lives when we forget who God is.
The Bible describes two important characteristics of God that we have to keep in balance – his transcendence (that he is greater than all things) and his immanence (that we can experience him in very tangible ways). To say it differently, we sometimes believe that the things we are facing are too big for God to handle or conversely, we mistakenly think that we’re too insignificant for God to care about. But the Bible describes God as just the opposite. There’s nothing too big that he can’t handle and there’s nothing in your life that’s “beneath” him – he’s not too small, he’s not too big.
When we read Psalm 121 we are reminded that God is not small – he is the maker of heaven and earth -and we are reminded that he cares about the little things – he won’t let your foot slip.
Like all wisdom literature, Psalms don’t simply teach us ideas about God, they express the emotions and passions that battle within us as we try to live as if those ideas are true. Truly believing that God is big enough to handle anything we are facing and that there’s nothing in our lives that he sees as insignificant changes our confidence, demeanor and drive. We begin behaving like we really are the children of God – like his very own beloved kids.
The truth is, you matter to a God who is not too small and not too big.
This week, act on the belief that God cares about the smallest details of your life and that he’s big enough to take care of anything you’re facing.
Each morning this week when you wake up, quickly acknowledge the most prominent thing on your mind or the heaviest thing on your heart. Take it before God in prayer and prepare to live like God cares and can do something about it.