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Friday, January 9, 2009

How Big Is Your God?

Isaiah 40:12-31 -
Who has measured the waters in the hallow of His hand, and who has measured the heavens and comprehended the dust of the earth, and weighed the mountains in a scale and the hills in a balance? Who directs the Spirit of the LORD or who as a counsellor has taught Him?

Who gave Him counsel or advice and who instructed Him and taught Him the path of judgment or taught Him knowledge and showed Him the way of understanding? The nations of the earth are like a drop of water in a bucket. They are counted as small dust on a scale. The islands are a very little thing to Him. Lebanon is not sufficient to burn nor are the beasts in Lebanon sufficient for one burnt offering.

All nations before Him are as nothing; before Him they are less than nothing and vanity. To whom will you liken God? What can you compare to Him? Workmen gather to mold graven images, goldsmiths overlay the image with gold and silversmiths make chains of silver. Those that are poor and have no offering find a tree that will not rot and they prepare a graven image that will not be moved.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? Have you not been told from the beginning? Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is God who sits upon the circle of the earth. The inhabitants are as grasshoppers. He stretched out the heavens like a curtain and spread them out like a tent to dwell in. He brings princes and rulers to nothing. He makes the judges of the earth as vanity. They will not be planted, they will not be sown, their stock will not take root in the earth. He will blow upon them and they will wither. the whirlwind will take them away like stubble.

To whom then will you liken Me? Who is My equal, asks the Holy One?

Lift up your eyes on high, behold, who has created these things? He brings out the stars by number, He calls them all by names by the greatness of His power; not one failed. Why do you say, O Jacob, and speak O Israel, that your ways are hidden from God, and my judgment is passed over by your God?

Have you not known? Have you not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth does not faint nor grow weary? There is no searching of His understanding. He gives power to the faint and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youth shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall.

But those who wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength, they will mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary and they shall not faint.

If this description the Holy Spirit gave Isaiah of the might of our God is taken in context with the prayers and desires of Christ while He walked this earth and prayed to the Father, it is a mind numbing thought. In John 17 Christ prays that the Father gives each of us another Comforter when He leaves. He asks the Father that the Comforter be with us always.

He also says that the world we live in does not see, nor know of this Comforter given to us; even though He dwells in us and is with us always. Christ did not leave us without comfort. Thus we know that Christ is in the Father, and that we are in Him and they are with us always. This Comforter teaches, instructs, corrects and encourages us.

Christ's desire is that we may be one, as He is in the Father and as the Father is in Him, so that we may be one with God. We are not of this world; we reside here for a short season. He has made available to us the complete indwelling of the Holy Spirit while we are here. Like a man and woman become one in marriage-we must become one with Him.

Christ said in John 17 that for our sake He sanctified Himself; set Himself apart from the world, and for His sake we must do the same. He prayed to the Father that we be made perfect in Him. This is the way the world will have to acknowledge that He did come, that He is God, that God loves us because He reveals His life through us. We are His vessels on planet earth. The Father has the same love for us that He had for Christ!

This same God, who measured the waters in His mighty hand, who created the stars and named each one; the same God that stretched out the heavens like a blanket and weighed the dirt and dust of the earth, desires to reside in us!

Just as He measured the heavens, He measures how much of ourselves we surrender to Him. Is it a quarter of ourselves, a half, or total surrender? With the measure we surrender, that is the measure He will inhabit. His desire is all.

As Christ is in the Father, and the Father in Christ, entirely, may we be totally surrendered to Him.

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