Thursday, September 8

God's Immensity--Hopefully Humbling

In this God-minimizing day when man is the measure of all things, we must be jolted into reality by considering God's immensity. And since God is too little considered, I think it necessary to make this the focus of this morning's blog post. In fact, this very issue impresses my heart since the very air we breathe seems filled with the noxious fumes of man's self-exaltation. Man's very existence--from the American political machine to the Hollywood film industry exude blasphemy. Sadly, it seems, the church is not far behind. We know facts about our God, but of Him we seem sadly ignorant. I read Augustine's Confessions and find myself in there throughout, not the least of which is this entry early on in the book. Contrary to all self-imposed ignorance, God is simply immense--infinitely so--beyond comprehension, surpassing decription and trumping man's best arguments to the contrary. Read this and see if the mere consideration of God's uncontainable-ness make you feel rightfully small. That were a blessed exercise to fulfill such a role!  

Soli deo gloria.


Do the heaven and earth then contain Thee, since Thou fillest them? or dost Thou fill them and yet overflow, since they do not contain Thee? And whither, when the heaven and the earth are filled, pourest Thou forth the remainder of Thyself? or hast Thou no need that aught contain Thee, who containest all things, since what Thou fillest Thou fillest by containing it? for the vessels which Thou fillest uphold Thee not, since, though they were broken, Thou wert not poured out. And when Thou art poured out on us, Thou art not cast down, but Thou upliftest us; Thou art not dissipated, but Thou gatherest us. But Thou who fillest all things, fillest Thou them with Thy whole self? or, since all things cannot contain Thee wholly, do they contain part of Thee? and all at once the same part? or each its own part, the greater more, the smaller less? And is, then one part of Thee greater, another less? or, art Thou wholly every where, while nothing contains Thee wholly?

Saint Augustine, Bishop of Hippo and E. B. Pusey, The Confessions of St. Augustine (Oak Harbor, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc., 1996).

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