Apr 22, 2019 • Written by Becky Kopitzke
How Big Is God?
I don’t get out much.
As a stay-at-home, work-from-home mom, my comfort zone is a 1,500-square foot ranch. The same painted walls, the same piles of dishes, and the same precious faces make up the scenery of my days. My minivan travels to the grocery store, school, church, and occasionally Starbucks for a coffee date. Adventure for me these days is a stroll through the outlet mall.
I’m okay with that. In this season of life, I like to focus inward—on my family, my faith, my casserole recipe book. I don’t suffer from wanderlust because there’s enough to juggle in my six-room home.
My world is small. So sometimes I forget that my God is big—really, really big.
“The LORD merely spoke, and the heavens were created. He breathed the word, and all the stars were born. He assigned the sea its boundaries and locked the oceans in vast reservoirs. Let the whole world fear the LORD, and let everyone stand in awe of him. For when he spoke, the world began! It appeared at his command.” (Psalm 33:6–9)
If God can create billions of stars with his breath, why do I doubt if he can handle my prayers? It’s easy to read ancient Bible stories like they’re fiction—tall tales, even. But these things actually happened. Just because we live in an era when miraculous signs aren’t commonplace doesn’t mean the same God who delivered them years ago isn’t still in charge. And still capable of blowing stars into the sky, healing a blind man, walking on water, or parting a raging sea.
Whether I’m asking God to relieve a migraine or to save a soul I love, I realize lately I’ve been timid—almost skeptical—in my requests both large and small, praying as though I don’t really believe God is going to come through. Maybe it’s because I forgot he can.
Have you forgotten, too? Our God is huge and powerful and altogether capable of doing immeasurably more than all we could ask or imagine. What if we woke up every day expecting God to do great things?
You could argue we’d be disappointed. Just because God can doesn’t mean he will—at least not on our timetable. But if there’s one thing I know for certain about God, it’s that He is good. Our big God sees around every corner, knows every outcome, and therefore is a far better judge than I am about what prayers should be answered with a “yes.” The first step is to believe He is able.
Our kids sing a song in Sunday school that sums this up. My third-grade daughter knows it as an obvious, foundational fact. You and I should, too.
My God is so big, so strong and so mighty, there’s nothing my God cannot do!