God is big. I could say God is very big, or gigantic or so huge that we can’t comprehend Him, but that would still be making God too small. God doesn’t fit into any boxes that we can make. When you look out beyond into space you become overwhelmed with the feeling of the smallness of man and the enormousness of God.
In 1985 Allan Rex Sandage, was considered the greatest observational cosmologist in the world. He had been a protégé of Edwin Hubble. He quantified the expansion of the universe through his work at the Mount Wilson and Palomar observatories and was the recipient of numerous prestigious honors from scientific organizations throughout the world. But now the Grand Old Man of Cosmology, a life long atheist, was about to startle the scientific world when he stood before his piers and declared that he not only had serious questions about the beginning of the universe, but he had decided to become a Christian. He would later tell a reporter, “It was my science that drove me to the conclusion that the world is much more complicated than can be explained by science.” Sandage would later state, “Many scientists are now driven to faith by their very work.”
Allan Sandage is not alone, Nobel Prize winner Arno Penzias said regarding the Big Bang theory, “The best data we have are exactly what I would have predicted had I nothing to go on but the first five books of the Moses, the Psalms and the Bible as a whole.”
Deuteronomy 29:29 reads, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.” There are many aspects of God that we don’t know and can’t know and don’t need to know, but there are many things that have been revealed and those are the things we should concentrate on as Christians. I don’t know how the world was made out of nothing, how it works that God has no beginning, or how the Universe exists and functions, but neither does science. Scientists have to have faith in their theories every bit as much as Christians have faith in God. Even Sir Fred Hoyle, no great friend of Christianity, commented, “A commonsense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics as well as chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature.” Physicist Paul Davies agrees, “The impression of design is overwhelming.”
Notice how God answered Job’s complaints about the injustice of God. “Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements-surely you know? Or who stretched the line upon it? On what were its bases sunk or who laid its cornerstone, when the morning stars sang together and all the sons of God shouted for joy?” Job 38: 4-7 God goes on for another sixty verses questioning Job regarding his knowledge of the created world around him. Job has no answer but to worship.
Like Job our minds try to wrap themselves around God, but if we could then He wouldn’t be God. Some of the greatest scientific minds of our lifetime have looked at the heavens, DNA, and a host of other science related fields and come to the conclusion that God does exist because of the impossibility of any other solution. George Sim Johnson wrote, “Human DNA contains more organized information than the Encyclopedia Britannica. If the full text of the encyclopedia were to arrive in computer code from outer space, most people would regard this as proof of the existence of extraterrestrial intelligence. But when seen in nature, it is explained as the workings of random forces.” Come on. Is it not time to realize that we often turn our back on the bigness and wonder of God simply because we don’t want God to be true? We would rather live without him and do whatever it is we want trying to pretend there are no consequences for our actions if there is no God. If we can’t put God into a box that suits our needs and wants, then we don’t want God.
I have been thinking a great deal about the magnificence of God, lately, and I have to admit it is humbling. I have spent a much of my time trying to figure out aspects of God that I couldn’t wrap my head around. I was frustrated because I, a man born in sin, with imperfect reasoning, couldn’t unravel the mysteries of God. Over the last weeks I have been worshiping God for whom He is, and I am not worried about what I can’t know. Yes, I might not understand how God created this earth, nor the time frame of that creation, but I can know that when I hurt I can trust in God. David tells us, “Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you; He will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22 Let’s stop trying to make God into our image, and instead let us ask God into our life.