In 1961 British theologian J.B. Phillips wrote a small book with an intriguing title: Your God Is Too Small. In it he outlines our human tendency to remake God in our own image; to expect that He will work like some ideal human being. To that end some see Him as a celestial policeman enforcing His laws. “God’s gonna get you for that!” they say. Others view Him the same way they viewed their earthly fathers, both good and bad. If you don’t think you view God as a better sort of human then consider these questions: Is God male or female? Is God young or old? Most of us have been “programmed” to think of God as an old man. That view, of course, is mistaken. God is Spirit, eternally existing, the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
Paul wrote that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think. His power and His wisdom, and His mercy and grace are all tied up in how He works. Sometimes our prayers are offered as if we were addressing an old man, one who might have been able to handle what we ask in his prime, but not now. Sometimes we don’t even pray for that very reason. The fact is God can do more than we imagine in our wildest dreams. He can do more than we ask Him to do. Sunday we are going to examine the fact that GOD CAN DO MORE. He told that very thing to the prophet Jeremiah:
“Behold, I am the Lord, the God of all flesh; is anything too difficult for Me?” (32:27) Our answer to that question will reveal whether or not our view of God really is too small.