God Is Big
"It is he [God] that sitteth upon the circle of the earth, and the inhabitants thereof are as grasshoppers." (Isaiah 40:22a
When was the last time you were outside playing and you spotted a grasshopper or a cricket? Grasshoppers are a little bigger than crickets, but they are still so small that we can actually pick them up and hold them right in the palms of our hands.
Did you know that the Bible compares us to grasshoppers?
Isaiah 40:22 describes the inhabitants of the world (those who live in the world) "as grasshoppers" because they are so small compared to God.
This verse is using a metaphor (a word picture) to help us imagine the really big differences between us and God. Sometimes we get caught up with the things that happen in our lives, and our problems or things that make us happy seem really big. We start to forget that God is bigger than our problems and that God is better than anything or anyone else.
But this verse helps to remind us of what is real in the "big picture." If we could back up from our lives and zoom out, out, out, like we were in a jet plane, or even a space station, and looking back down at Earth, we would be reminded that God's universe is very big, and that we are very tiny compared to it. There are over six billion other people on Earth, each with his own set of talents and wishes and temptations and trials.
God can see the "big picture." When He looks down on us, it is almost like we are a bunch of little grasshoppers hopping and buzzing around, doing our own business, thinking of our own small little lives. He knows each of us individually. He sees us and thinks about us, even when we let other things crowd Him out of our minds and we forget to think of Him.
Isaiah 40:22 reminds us that God is greater than we are! Just imagine yourself as a jumpy little grasshopper that God could cup in the palm of His hand.
Jesus said in John 10:29, "My Father, which gave them to me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand."
"Them" in that verse is the people who have trusted Jesus as their Savior. No one is able to take them out of God's hand! What a wonderful, protective, loving, and mighty God is the God of the Bible! He is greater than any trial or temptation that comes into our lives. He is stronger than wars or hurricanes or death. He is better than any other god we might be tempted to worship. He is mightier than any enemy who might try to scare us.
The next time you see a grasshopper or cricket, let it remind you of the "big picture": If you have asked Jesus to be your Saviour, God holds you in His hand like that. He is a whole lot bigger than you are! God will hold you gently in His hand, and He will never let you go. He loves you too much.
God is truly greater than all of us.
» Do I forget the "big picture" sometimes and imagine that God is only a small part of my life?
» How can I show that I believe God is bigger than my problems?
» How can I show that I believe God is better than the things that steal my attention away from Him?
Truth In Real Life
"I have been asked the question: 'Has God always given you just what you have asked for?' Oh no! For Him to have done so would have been great unkindness.”
Born May 6, 1864, near Kensington Gardens, London, Florence Rosalind Bell-Smith was considered talented even as a child. In 1885, she graduated from the Toronto School of Art and prepared to be a well-respected artist.
But God had other plans for Rosalind’s life. When she was twelve years old, she attended a revival meeting and heard the preacher preach from John 3:16. About that meeting, she wrote:
As he presented with great intensity and fervour the picture of the love of God, I yielded myself absolutely to the Lord Jesus Christ and stood up among others, publicly confessing Him as my Master.
From the time she was saved, Rosalind felt a strong tug-of-war between her love of art and her desire to serve God full-time with her life. She told the Lord that she wanted to get married someday, but only if the man was completely sold out to Christ. When she met Jonathan Goforth and saw how completely worn out his Bible was from being read so often, she thought this could very well be God’s choice for her husband.
Her love of art was overcome over time with a love for serving Christ. On February 4, 1888, the Goforths set sail for China, where they had great plans to spread the Gospel. Two weeks after they settled into their new home, it burned to the ground; and during their years in ministry, they lost five of their eleven children. But in the midst of all their trials and changes in plans, they found God completely sufficient.
Do you really believe that God is wise enough to plan your life? Do you believe His will is best, that it is definitely better than yours? Anything you plan for yourself is bound to be less wonderful than what God has in mind for His higher, better plans. God wants what will be ultimately best for your life, even more than you do!
Proverbs 3:5 – Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.