Doug Morse - How Big is God? - Okotoks, Alberta, Canada Special Meetings - December 16, 2007

It is nice to be back here in Calgary where my spiritual roots are. Before special meetings, I had a couple of hours to spare, so I dropped the sister workers off at a mall to go shopping, and they were happy! And I went to Mount Royal College where I had once attended school and studied for radio and television broadcasting, and took a little visit down memory lane that afternoon. First, I went and got a map of the campus but it still didn't help me find the building where I took my classes. So, I asked a security guard with greying hair for I thought he could direct me. But he said, "See those bricks in the hallway and the tile over there on the floor?  Perhaps they are the only thing left, since you went to school here." Nothing was familiar; everything had changed.  I left the campus that day but I didn't feel disappointed.  I just felt glad that my yesterdays are becoming fainter and fainter and less familiar to me.  I want Egypt to be like that in my life — just becoming fainter and less familiar to me.  However, that's not what I meant to speak to you about today.

 

Recently, a little 6-year-old boy asked me to play soccer with him, and we went outside to play together. Then he asked me the question, "How big is God?"  "He's big," I replied. "Is He bigger than a mountain?" "Yes, He's bigger than a mountain."   "Is He bigger than an ocean?" "Yes, He's bigger than an ocean."  "Is He bigger than the earth?"  Yes, God is bigger than the earth," I said.  I hardly knew how to answer this little 6-year-old boy, and he never did get an answer.  We just went outside and played and kicked the ball around.  But this question got me thinking.  How big is God?  And I think I have the answer.  I looked back into my Bible and saw how big God was to others, and I believe the answer is God is as big as you want and allow Him to be.

 

In Deuteronomy 3:24, Moses says, "O Lord God, Thou hast begun to shew Thy servant Thy greatness, and Thy mighty hand…" Moses was just beginning to serve God for 40 years, and God was just beginning to show him His greatness. Moses was just beginning to know God as a shepherd in the wilderness, and 40 years later, he was just beginning to know God as the children of Israel's leader in Egypt. He was just beginning to know the greatness of God.  In Psalm 145:3, the Psalmist said, "Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and His greatness is unsearchable."  In Isaiah 40:12, the prophet said, "Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his Hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?"  The prophet felt in awe of the greatness and largeness of God, and he knew God's greatness was unsearchable.  What demonstrates to us God's size?  How can we enlarge Him in our lives?  By believing and having more faith and trust in Him.  Death has a way of making all things seem small.  So how big is God to you?  Make Him bigger!

 

Matthew 6:24, "No man can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other.  Ye cannot serve God and mammon."  We are not to judge hearts, but we can be fruit inspectors. We cannot serve God and mammon at the same time. This verse speaks of material goods.  Success takes time and effort.  How big is God in those that have much prosperity?  Arunah in II Samuel 24:16-18 saw a need in the kingdom and was eager to sacrifice his property.  When David went to Arunah, he had committed a sin but he was willing to sacrifice for that sin. He went with the intention that he would sacrifice and he wasn't going to hold back anything from God.  Arunah's God was so big in his life that he was prepared to give David all the property he owned, even to his livelihood.  In Job, we read of a very rich man who lost his health, his property and his herds yet said, "I trust God."  When our health is touched it becomes a very delicate issue, but that wasn't the case with Job. God was the biggest thing in Job's life.

 

In Mark 10:17-20, "And when He was gone forth into the way, there came one running, and kneeled to Him, and asked Him, 'Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?' And Jesus said unto him, 'Why callest thou Me good? There is none good but one, that is, God. Thou knowest the commandments:  Do not commit adultery, Do not kill, Do not steal, Do not bear false witness, Defraud not, Honour thy father and mother.' And he answered and said unto Him, 'Master, all these have I observed from my youth.'"  This young man had a wonderful resume but he had cracks in his armour which didn't make God the biggest thing in his life.  He had to choose between God and mammon, and mammon won, as it was his master.  Is life bigger than our ambitions?  Jonathan had ambitions for the kingdom.  He would have been the next reigning king after his father's reign but he promoted David, God's choice.  God was bigger in that young man's life than his own ambitions.  Don't ever put anything on the altar that has cost you nothing. Sometimes we have feelings and fears.  Is God bigger than our feelings and fears?  John the Baptist could have felt very overwhelmed when Jesus asked him to baptize Him, but there was no argument.

 

Are our personal relationships bigger than God? Two-thirds of everything Jesus taught in the Scripture concerned our relationships. I sometimes wonder how big God is in the lives of those that choose mates outside Truth.  It's not a spiritual choice, but a carnal choice. King Herod had a relationship with his own brother's wife, whom he married. She was a beautiful woman, but she did not have a beautiful spirit.   We also know what happened to Samson when he married the daughter of the Philistines in Judges 14. Before he knew it, one was pulling one way and the other the other way. There was a tug-of-war going on between Samson and his wife. In a tug-of-war, one person eventually slips and the other side takes advantage because that someone has slipped.  Samson became weaker and was betrayed by his wife, but in the end, he overcame the relationship. Do we take care of what God has entrusted us with?  Don't let your personal relationships become bigger than God! I feel that the biggest temptation for God's people is in their relationships, their education, their jobs and their wealth. These things are only to be lived with, not lived for.

 

Don't let unforgiveness become bigger than God either.  In II Kings 5, we read of an offended woman who didn't think of her offense but forgave her master.  As a result, her master was helped.  That woman could have thought "My feelings have been hurt so why should I help him?"  But God was bigger in her life than unforgiveness and she wouldn't allow her feelings to get in the way.  She was not a slave to her master, but was a sister to him.  It is necessary for us to reach out to others and show them just how big God is in our life. Herod was afraid to look weak in the eyes of others so he gave in to Herodias. He could have told her that John the Baptist's head is worth more to me than half of my kingdom.  One little girl, in a testimony said, "God will always provide a way out if you're willing."

 

Luke 10, "And Jesus answering said, 'A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead,'" etc. We know this story well.  These two religious people passed by, afraid to stop.  I wouldn't suggest that any of you would stop and pick up a hitchhiker but to use your own discretion.  That Christian who stopped did so out of compassion because God's spirit was huge in his life.  There is no option with compassion. We have to start somewhere, and Christ is our example. God was the biggest thing in that man's life.  God towered in Jesus' life for 3½ years, teaching faith, trust, and belief.  God can never be too big in our lives.  Compassion was not an option with the Good Samaritan. In Jesus' temptation, God towered above the temptation.  He came in the size of faith but first, trust came. Trust God with your yesterdays, your failures, and your happiness.

 

I remember one time before I professed that I wrote my grandmother and asked her to send me a Bible.  She sent one.  One evening, I had some friends over, and they saw the Bible lying on the table.  One said to me, "What is that doing here?" and I said "It's a Bible!"  Even the word of God laying there in my room was so small that it raised my friends' eyebrows.  Death is coming, and if God isn't the biggest thing in our life, all will be an eternal vacuum after life. God can never become too big, so, let's make Him BIGGER!

 

My nephew came to stay with me once. He had no religious background, and after seeing me go to meetings every Wednesday and Sunday and reading and praying every day, he said, "You're an uber-Christian!" (I thought it rhymed with gubber, and I didn't know what he meant).  Then he said, "You're not just a Christian on Sundays but every day."  Let's all go out and become uber-Christians this next year.