My God is Too Small

by Greg Wiens

God is infinite, we are finite. Dwell on the fact that God can create something simply by speaking it into existence. We, on the other hand, are limited and must work with the elements to bring things into existence.

I must admit I tend to bring God down to my size. I become comfortable making God fit my view of things. Rather than seeing him as something so great, magnificent, creative, wise, powerful, loving, caring, concerned, consistent, content, beautiful, compassionate, kind, constant, perceptive, courageous, abiding, strong, and whatever adjective I can’t think of; I tend to think of you within my limited perspective.

In other words, I have trouble with thinking of God’s infinite nature with my finite mind. I think this is the reason looking at the mountains or oceans or sunsets tends to reset my perspective of our Lord. As I view God through his creation, I am reminded of his infinite perspective. Because these views of nature are more beautiful and awesome than I could imagine, I tend to understand more of his infinite nature.

I think this is why often, when people are only surrounded by what man has created: buildings, homes, streets, highways, parking lots, lights, etc., we tend to diminish our view of God. We see him as simply another creation of humans. Yet, farmers often have a very high view of God.  I find this correlation very interesting. I would like to study whether people raised in the country or with regular exposure to nature have a more robust perspective of God than those who spend most of their waking time surrounded by human endeavors.

One Reply to “My God is Too Small”

  1. Having many family members in Tn where I was born but never actually living there as we moved to OH when I was a baby, I can tell you your observation has merit. Of course not all live on farms anymore, in fact few of my relatives did. However, the rural, Appalachian influence is still very strong. My parents and grandparents were poor farmers and coal miners. Living directly off the land via gardens, hunting and fishing was more the norm. Church was important and their faith was bolstered and celebrated by God’s provisions. I’m guessing, but am rather sure that church attendance in rural areas and the smaller towns are a much higher percentage than the big cities in any state including those in the south that are inhabited by more non-rural backgrounds.

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