We all are entering this year with specific challenges and opportunities. Some of us have made bold resolutions that we hope will change our lives significantly. Some of us are facing sorrow and sadness due to death and disease. Others of us are optimistic and hopeful about our prospects in 2018. There is one question that we must ask ourselves over and over again. Is our God big enough?
By that question, I don’t mean that you have your own individual god. Rather, do you have the correct perspective on the God of the Bible? If there is one thing that would drastically affect your 2018 positively, it is your view of God. In the last chapter of the book of Isaiah God speaks,
Heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool; what is the house that you would build for me, and what is the place of my rest? All these things my hand has made, and so all these things came to be, declares the Lord. Isaiah 66:1-2a
I’m convinced that our view of God is the most important thing in our lives. Too often our view of God limits him to a genie in a bottle, or a violent judge, or a jolly old man not so different from Santa Claus. God is rarely anything like our visions of him. When we learn to believe his own self-revelation from the Bible we are rightfully awed and gloriously encouraged. The challenges of earth sit cleanly underneath the feet of the Sovereign Lord. The location of God’s presence is not limited to a church building, but he is everywhere. And all that we see, well God made it all. So none of our challenges are challenges for God. None of our difficulties are difficult for God. None of our ambitions are ambitious for God. He is far grander, far greater, far more powerful, and far more glorious than we could ever imagine. And God tells us what our response to his grandeur should be.
But this is the one to whom I will look: he who is humble and contrite in spirit and trembles at my word. Isaiah 66:2b
When we see God for who he reveals himself to be, we can only be humble. When we see God for his holiness, we must be contrite. When we learn to read and heed God’s self-revelation from the Scripture, we must tremble in awe and application.
I cannot tell you what 2018 will hold. I cannot anticipate all the opportunities, challenges, and difficulties you and I will face. But I can tell you that if you want God’s presence and guidance through this year, you need to follow his admonitions. See his glory and humble yourself. See his holiness and be contrite. To see his glory and holiness, read his word and tremble. Tremble in fear at his astounding glory. Tremble in sorrow at your sin. Tremble in wonder at his forgiving grace. Tremble in joy at his offer of relationship.
May this year be for you the year that you see God for who he really is!