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by Grant Everly
In our ever-busy lives we often lose sight of the magnitude and intricacy of our God. This past Sunday at Impact we talked about this truth. Often times we allow ourselves to dilute or even neglect just how incomprehensible God is. Our attitudes towards God, put simply, just don’t sound like those of a people who realize with Whom they are dealing. In reality we take things too lightly when it comes to God. It’s sad, but often times unfortunately true.
If we take a step back just to simply marvel at the power and vastness of God, I think we’ll find that our outlook and actions toward God will change. Francis Chan touches on this idea of us taking God a little too lightly in his book Crazy Love. He spends an entire chapter talking about how powerful reflecting upon God can be. In the chapter, he makes many references to just how spectacular God’s creation is, both the big things and the small things. Chan mentions outer space, and how the God that wants a personal and intimate relationship with us is the same God who created over 350,000,000,000 galaxies and is also the same God that designed caterpillars with 228 different muscles in their heads. Chan mentions many more intriguing facts about the expanse and intricacy of God, but perhaps more importantly, Francis Chan exposes that we frequently lack a heart that is awestruck by our God.
We live in a world in which Jesus and God have been watered down to the point where we sometimes don’t even realize just how powerful they are. We see people with shirts that say “Jesus is my homeboy.” We read the Bible and often times don’t even take it literally. We look up into the stars and don’t even think about how they got there or how God could’ve created them. This sort of nonchalance when it comes to God, I believe, is quite dangerous. In upholding these types of attitudes, we completely neglect just how unique our God is, and how unique it is that the God of the universe wants a relationship with us.
That’s quite compelling when you think about it; the same God who placed those 350,000,000,000 galaxies in the sky and who created an insignificant caterpillar with 228 distinct muscles in its head wants a relationship with you.
When looking at God through this lens we move away from our previously naïve nature and move into a state of awe and reverence when we look at our Father. Psalm 104 stresses this revering attitude. It describes the complexity of God and God’s creation. I would encourage you to read the entire psalm. It was simply too long to be put in this blog.
My biggest hope in writing this is that we would all be willing to take a step back from our busy lives to simply reflect on God and how spectacular He is. The incomprehensible and intricate qualities of our God are just too important for us to ignore, and once we take the time to acknowledge them, our relationship with God may change a little bit for the better; and hopefully we will be awestruck by how amazing our God is!
Grant Everly is a sophomore at Warren Township High School and regularly attends church with his family and iMPACT on Sunday nights. He plays soccer, enjoys sports and has passion for learning more about Christ and growing in Him.