C. S. Lewis, What Fantastic Faith!

Great is the Lord, and most worthy of praise, in the city of our God, his holy mountain.

Beautiful in its loftiness, the joy of the whole earth,
like the heights of Zaphon is Mount Zion, the city of the Great King.
God is in her citadels; he has shown himself to be her fortress.

When the kings joined forces, when they advanced together,
    they saw her and were astounded; they fled in terror.
Trembling seized them there, pain like that of a woman in labor.
You destroyed them like ships of Tarshish shattered by an east wind.

As we have heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord Almighty,
in the city of our God: God makes her secure forever.

Within your temple, O God, we meditate on your unfailing love.
Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth;
your right hand is filled with righteousness.
Mount Zion rejoices, the villages of Judah are glad because of your judgments.

Walk about Zion, go around her, count her towers,
consider well her ramparts, view her citadels,
that you may tell of them to the next generation.

For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.

  • Psalm 48

 

“Aslan” said Lucy “you’re bigger”.
“That is because you are older, little one” answered he.
“Not because you are?”
“I am not. But every year you grow, you will find me bigger”.”

  • C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian

 

The concept of Aslan not growing bigger, but being bigger in Lucy’s eyes, may sound hard to grasp, if you haven’t grown as a Christian.  The people with the “God is my Co-Pilot” bumper stickers are saying to everyone that God is only around if I need Him, but until then, I am in control.  (For what other reason would you need a co-pilot, unless the plane was too complicated for one person to fly.)  I mentioned a few posts ago that the people of Judah in Jeremiah’s time held onto God as if He were a good luck charm on their keychain, forgotten until needed.  Have you had a moment when you thought, “I don’t have anything else to do.  I might as well pray?”  Don’t answer that.

 

God wants to be worshiped.  God wants to be enjoyed, as it was mentioned a couple of posts ago.

 

But when we are in the valleys of our lives, we see God as our rescue.  The key is to see Him as our constant, daily rescue.  God can handle the load.  He won’t get tired of us.  He’ll gaze upon us, even when our attention wavers.

 

When we rely upon God for our constant rescue, our constant strength, and our constant warm hug, we see a bigger God than we saw yesterday.

 

I have degrees in engineering and I loved math in school.  I might have less of a problem with the concept of infinity than most people, but even I have problems with an infinite God.  I sometimes try to do things on my own.  Should I take every small thing to God?  What I have seen is that when I think that this is a mundane, everyday thing, I don’t tend to perform as well as when it’s nearly impossible and I know that I need God’s help.  To live sin free, we need God’s help.  That is why it has to be a daily thing.

 

In Matthew 10:30, Jesus says that even the hairs on our heads are numbered.  I think I lost number 538 last night, but God would know for sure.  Outside the space-time continuum, God has enough time to worry over us at the cellular and molecular level.  That’s a very big God.

 

By the way, Buzz Lightyear’s catch phrase is amusing to me.  “To infinity, and beyond.”  The universe is infinite.  It is impossible to be beyond the universe, but Buzz Lightyear understands us.  We have a universe that we can grasp in our finite minds, but we know that if the Hubble telescope looks at a dark spot in the night sky, it will find wonders that we could not dream of seeing.  The infinite universe is bigger than even what our greatest man-made telescope could ever capture.  God is bigger still.

 

Yet, there are days when we only think of Him when we pray before our meals or before we go to bed.

 

When God becomes bigger in your eyes, your faith grows.  As your faith grows, the worries become less.  Alfred E. Neuman, the Mad Magazine mascot, would say, “What, me worry?”  Mad magazine gets a lot of things wrong, but if we rely on an infinite God, a God who is bigger than big, instead of a keychain good-luck-charm god in our pockets, there is no need to ever worry.

 

Be in prayer continuously and know that the Great, and Big, God is our God for ever and ever.  He will guide us even to the end, even to infinity.

 

And beyond.

 

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