Greetings to our SUMC Family & Friends,
How Big Is God?
“The battle is the Lord’s and He will place the victory into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47
How you handle life depends on how big you believe God is. If God’s too small, you’ll live in constant unrest thinking everything depends on you to fix. If your God’s too small your outlook will be dictated by your surroundings—or even worse, your critics.
Without the acceptance of a loving God you’ll be a slave to people’s opinions. You will al-ways seek recognition because you don’t understand that . . . ‘your Father who sees what is done in secret will reward you.’ (Matthew 6:4)
When we see our God as too small our prayers fall on deaf ears because they lack faith. We go through the motions of serving God without joy and passion being our driving force. And in facing the challenges that will surely come, we suffer because we see and have no hope for the future.
All of this causes us to retreat in the isolation of fear losing our visions, our drive, our per-severance. When Goliath threatened the Israelites, “. . . they were dismayed and greatly afraid.” (1 Samuel 17:11) They didn’t think God was big enough to see them through to victory in this battle.
But not David! “Let no one’s heart fail because of him; your servant will go and fight with this Philistine… The Lord who saved me from the paw of the lion and the paw of the bear, and the Lord will save me again.” (1 Samuel 17:32, 37)
You can face anything when you know what David knew—‘the battle is the Lord’s.’ And God has never lost one yet! What great news—You don’t have to depend on your own abilities & resources and that’s truly reassuring.
David may have been small in stature, and felt even smaller in ability, but he knew God was big enough to ensure the victory. Do you realize that? More importantly—Do you believe this?
His eye is upon us, His arm wrapped around us, His ear open to our calling, His grace always sufficient, and His promises never ending. The key is knowing and trusting that God is big enough for anything this world can throw your way!
I want to close this month with one of my favorite passages from the prophet Jeremiah (29:11)—“I alone know the plans I have for you, plans to bring about the future you hope for.”
May this be our fervent prayer in the days and weeks and months ahead!