May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word. – 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17
There are some days that I am more keenly aware of the everyday truth of how very little I really am. And quite honestly, this intense awareness of my littleness seems to come to me, more and more often, at some point during each one of my days.
This clear awareness of my littleness does not come from a sense or a feeling of insignificance in any way. My God has more than shown me how very significant I am to Him – how very dearly and unfailingly loved I am by Him. Jesus gave up His life to give me eternal life. Christ’s sacrifice is an undeniable and outrageous act of love, an amazing and indisputable revelation of my (and of our) significance to our Holy God.
This acute sense of my littleness is actually a very good thing. It keeps me so very aware that God is God and I am not. It keeps me held in the truth that God is so much bigger than I am. And, oh! I am so thankful for this truth! I need my Big God. Always. In all ways.
I need my Big God to give me His bigger, higher thoughts, His bigger, higher ways and truth. They clear my head and quiet my soul.
I need my Big God to give me His bigger, purer love and grace. They hold me and lift me. They comfort and forgive me. They grow me and guide me.
I need my Big God to give me His bigger, stronger eternal encouragement and good hope. They give me inspiration and motivation to keep going. They give me strength and perspective, courage and purpose.
I need my bigger, higher, purer, stronger God.
Every moment of every single day I need God’s full love, grace, eternal encouragement, good hope and strength. I need my Big God and all that He offers to give me so that I may live with my heart and mind secure and encouraged. I need my Big God every moment of every single day to give me the strength to follow His good and loving will and ways in all I am, in all that I think, in all I say and in all I do. Because in myself I don’t have this strength. I’m just too little.
In my littleness – in my honest view of my position and power compared to my very Big God – I am humbled and safe. In my littleness, I am set free from every false sense of self and every wrong estimation of my own power and control. In my littleness, I can breathe more deeply, knowing that my Big God is in control. In my littleness, I can live more fully, knowing that my Big God loves me like crazy and gives me a significance – through His sacrifice – that I cannot even begin to fathom.
May each of us more fully trust the love and grace, eternal encouragement, good hope and strength from our Big God! Our lives are not limited by our littleness. We are called and empowered to impact the lives of others with the bigness of our Lord Jesus Christ!