Big God or Personal God?

How we view God is very important. There are many videos such as “indescribable” or “how great is our God” that show us the greatness of God and I quite enjoy those videos, they show something of the bigness and majesty of our God. However if you have ever listened to the Transformission talks by Reeves, you may see that he says something quite different and shows us the most personal, tender God in the trinity, unfolding the beautiful dance of the Father, Son and Spirit.

On one level with those videos and as well as sermons that show us the greatness and bigness of God are in some ways right. God is most holy and majestic. He is creator and Lord. But to just stop there and ponder on that, leaves us feeling very small and wondering who this God is? because just from that description, I could be talking about Allah…?

Yet when we read the bible, it doesn’t leave us with just a Big God, all-powerful and mighty. Even from Genesis we see the Lord walking in Garden, we see the Lord eating with Abraham, we see the Lord wrestling with Jacob… The Lord comes down and is with his people, eating, walking and talking with his people. The is not just a “Big God”, this is a God who is trinity and a person of the trinity, who reveals the Father to us, from the start of Genesis is interacting with his people.

If God was just left to “big God” to worship because he is all-powerful and holy, it doesn’t give me much motivation nor joy to worship Him. But when I see God, the trinity – interacting with creation, the Father loving his people – sending his son to die for us, covering us with his blood, eating with us, hurting with us… then that moves me. I see a God who is personal and a God who wants to listen to me and who is relational within the trinity.

We must be clear about which God we are talking about. As I said before, if we leave God as just “Big God” instead of saying Jesus, who reveals the Father to us – then we could be talking about any “god”. It also implies that God is just One person – big and mighty God!  But he isn’t one person, he is trinity and we slip far too often into thinking God as big one person entity then God in three persons. So, talking about Jesus is far better, Jesus who is our bridegroom loves us so much and the Father has been fighting to save his people and prepare a bride for his Son and the Spirit has been softening hearts and revealing Christ to us. As Reeves mentioned in his talk – (paraphrased) is that God is Love and through his love he shows his strength and his might and his holiness as he fights for us and dies for us and covers us. But that’s not cos he is huge, but because he is relational, because he is love, because he is trinity.

See where you fit in? Not shrinking before God. But being invited in as adopted sons, as the bride and being invited into a feast and having a relationship with Jesus, who is our God.

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2 thoughts on “Big God or Personal God?

  1. Very nice. I suppose “Big God,” whose glory the heavens declare is a God for spiritual people, whereas the personal God who tells his friends, “I have called you friends,” is a lovely tender revealed God. The one is amazing food for our meditation and contemplation; the other is balm for our tired and weary spirits.

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