God Is Greater than We Are
Case 2: The Greatness of God
Does God reveal in His Word that He is greater than we are?
Yes. One passage is Isaiah 55:9 – "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways."
This Truth Makes
When the Bible talks about God’s “thoughts” in Isaiah 55:8-9, it talks about His purposes, or goals. God says that His goals are different than ours. Next, God says that His ways are not the same as our ways. The word “ways” has the idea of plans or methods.
If a girl named Erika is trying to raise a million dollars, raising money is her goal. If Erika tries to raise that million dollars by selling jelly donuts, selling donuts is her plan for meeting her goal.
God’s highest goal is His glory and honor. That is the greatest and best goal anyone could have, since God is the greatest and best Being there is. If God’s goal was something other than His own glory, He would not be the greatest and best Being. For example, pretend for a moment that God’s ultimate purpose was to glorify you. Can you see what would be wrong with that?
Are you perfect? Did you create the world? Do you forgive sin? Are you worthy of the kind of glory that God deserves? The answer to all those questions is a really big “NO!” You are not worthy of glory like God is worthy – He is much greater than you.
God’s specific plans to bring Himself glory are often mysterious to us. In Isaiah 55, the plan (“way”) that is mentioned specifically is God’s showing mercy to people who do not deserve it at all. God’s mercy flows out of His unchanging goal to glorify Himself. Christians can rest in the truth that God is working all the time to glorify Himself. And “when things don’t go the way they should, God always makes it turn to good” (John Piper).