Continuing the teachings on the sermon series called “God Wins: The Story of God And His People.” This is a short summary of the second sermon, titled “The Glorious God-Sized Bigness of God.” The summary for part one is here.
In Isaiah 40, the prophet Isaiah desperately tries to convey a glimpse of our Infinite God. There are five things to know about the Glorious God-Sized Glory of God.
1) The word glory in Hebrew is equivalent to “weight.” God is not just overweight, but He is the only weight. Anything else is not worthy of ascribing ultimate significance or value.
2) God has already been where you’re going. The glory of God covers and controls everything, past, present, and future. What He says goes, for all time. He has gone ahead of you and given you grace for that very situation.
3) Only God is awesome. We overuse the word “awesome.” Isaiah 40:18-20 show that we cannot compare God to any earthly visible thing ever. You might say Lebron James is awesome, until you see the Niagara Falls, and then until you see the Grand Canyon, and then until you see the Hayakutake Comet, and then until you see the Eaglehead Nebula … and it keeps going. God holds all these in His hands. Only God is truly awesome.
4) God is infinitely huge, but He is infinitely close. Isaiah 40:10-11 gives a dual picture of God: the One who tells mountains and hills and valleys to move out of the way, but also a Shepherd who brings his sheep close to His heart. The God who drew the stars and holds galaxies in His hand also came to live with us as one of us.
At the end of Isaiah 40, we’re told that the same God who controls nations, oceans, kings, and galaxies also gives strength to the weary and the weak. God ultimately sent His Son to identify with us, living on our fallen world to restore us from brokenness.
5) We don’t need to come to God — He has come to us. We will “soar on wings like eagles.” Every ounce of strength for our daily lives comes from gliding on the wind of the Holy Spirit. It’s not about trying harder, but believing bigger and trusting better. It’s about participating with and submitting to the Spirit of God.
Former atheist/agnostic, now a pastor and professional rambler. Have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Div from SEBTS. Both degrees negate each other, i.e. I'm still a dummy. Have a fifth degree black belt and I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. A recovered porn addict, skeptical Christian, loves Jesus. I gave away half my salary in 2012 to fight human trafficking, and you can help. Have a mixed German shepherd named Rosco, have two toenails growing out of one toe, and I'm addicted to coffee, ginger ale, and tomato juice.
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