Sunday 22 November
God is beyond our imagination
Isaiah wants to amaze us with how big and wise our Creator God is.
Before we read the passage let's pray for God's help to see what he is like this morning from his Word.
PRAY Dear God, please help us by your Spirit to be wowed by how great you are. In Jesus name, Amen.
12 Who has measured the oceans in the palm of his hand?
Who has used his hand to measure the sky?
Who has used a bowl to measure all the dust of the earth?
Who has used scales to weigh the mountains and hills?
13 Who has known the mind of the Lord?
Who has been able to give the Lord advice?
14 Whom did the Lord ask for help?
Who taught him the right way?
Who taught the Lord knowledge?
Who showed him the way to understanding?
15 The nations are like one small drop in a bucket.
They are no more than the dust on his measuring scales.
To him the islands are no more than fine dust on his scales.
1. God is so much bigger than we think (v12, v15)
"Who has measured the oceans in the palm of his hand?" (v12)
Go to a sink now and see how much water you can hold in the palm of your hand.
When God does that, he can fit the Pacific, Atlantic, Indian and Southern oceans in his hand, no problem.
"The nations are like one small drop in a bucket" (v15).
Go find a bucket and put one single drop of water in the bottom. Do you see how tiny it is? To God, that's how tiny all the countries of the world seem to God. All the biggest, scariest people in the world are so so small compared to our enormous God.
It maybe you sometimes try to imagine how big God is. Isaiah says, "think bigger". In fact, he would say you'll never be able to imagine how big God is. He's beyond our wildest dreams.
2. God is so much wiser than we think (v13-14)
"Who has known the mind of the Lord? Who has been able to give the Lord advice? Whom did the Lord ask for help? Who taught him the right way? Who taught the Lord knowledge? Who showed him the way to understanding?"
God never had to go to school. The cleverest teachers and professors could teach him nothing - after all, he's the one who made them and who made the entire world they are trying to teach people about.
Do you ever sometimes think that your teachers are cleverer than God? Or that you would be able to run the universe more wisely than God does? Sometimes, we think we could give God advice on how we think our lives should pan out.
Isaiah would say that's really really silly, and we need to say sorry for the times we think like that.
PRAY: Dear God, we are sorry for the times we forget how big and how wise you are, for the times we think that you are too weak to do something, or don't know what is best. Please remind us that you are the creator of the entire universe with all its marvellous wonders and therefore you must be greater and cleverer than we could ever imagine. Thank you that you are so big and yet you still care so much about little old me! In Jesus name, Amen.