The Magnitude of God
God is big! When I say big, I don’t mean by dimension or size, I mean the magnitude of His reach and presence.
The word magnitude is a word that’s used to describe the brightness of a star, or the power of an earthquake. The word tries to define the measure of His impact and the stretch of His grasp.
If we can get a glimpse of His magnitude all the problems and opposition of life will seem small in the cast of His shadow. That’s why the enemy fights so hard to try and keep us from seeing the magnitude of God. He uses the Satanic scheme of “distraction “that keeps us busy, entertained, or bound by lust, so that all we see is the seemingly overpowering size of our own problems.
Let me suggest that there are two places the magnitude of God can be seen, outside of us in God’s creation and Divine order, and inside of us in that place that Paul calls the inner man.
Outside of us we see God’s creation that the word of God says bears witness to His existence and invisible attributes.
Ro 1:18 The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them.20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities– his eternal power and divine nature– have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
God’s creation in all its size, beauty, and intricate detail, speak of the magnitude of God. His ability to hold all the cosmos and all the molecular world in order at the same time speaks of His infinite wisdom and magnitude.
His magnificent ability to simultaneously hear every heart, number every hair, and listen to every prayer in the world speaks of His magnitude.
But these, as powerful as they are, do not speak as clearly of God’s magnitude as what we can encounter on the inside of us, who believe and have the Holy Spirit indwelling. The Bible tells us that God has said that a physical temple cannot contain Him in 1 Kings 8:27 , but it says the exact opposite about the inner place of the believer called the inner man.
Some may call it the heart, or the spirit of man, or the inner being. It is a place that God says He can dwell and fill.
Eph 3:16 I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being,17 so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love,18 may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,19 and to know this love that surpasses knowledge– that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
So, let’s think about this place Paul calls here in verse 16 the “inner being”, in a little bit of an unconventual way.
For instance, we know the dimensions of our physical world, we can measure the room we are in and we know the weight and height of our bodies, but how big is the inner being? It’s not physical or flesh and blood, so we can’t measure it. I want to suggest to you that it has no boundaries – its capacity is limitless – which is why it is the perfect place for God to dwell. It is a temple that can be filled with “all the fullness of God”.
Our sinful flesh cannot survive the magnitude of God, we would be incinerated at His appearance, but our inner man, redeemed by the blood of Christ, has the capacity to behold Him more fully.
This is a profound thought, that we are bigger on the inside than we are on the outside, and the limitless God can fill our inner being. It’s possible for us to behold Him more clearly there, than with our physical eyes, so that we are completely saturated with the magnitude of His Person.
But sadly, many Christians know little of the inner life. Here I will suggest 4 paths that the Holy Spirit uses to usher us into this place where we may best behold Him.
The Path of Prayer
As we pray we listen for the voice of the Holy Spirit who will unveil God in that secret place of the inner man where He has chosen to reside through Christ. We follow His leading, instead of our set method, and yield to His hand taking us deeper in the Spirit that we’ve ever been. There we will behold the glory of God.
The Path of Meditation
Throughout the day, we let our minds focus on a question we have for the Lord, or a passage of scripture we want to understand more-fully. In every spare moment, we rest our mind upon our desire to hear Him and know His answer and His ways – then suddenly the Spirit comes and draws us into His presence where the unknowable become the known. The question of our hearts or the desired insight of His word flood our being in that inner place where He resides.
The Path of Scripture
We open the book to know God and His ways, and indeed do need to know the detail of His instructions contained there, but we listen as we read, we listen for the sound of His voice in each word. Finally, there it is, the word has become infused with life and we let Him put His finger on that one verse or even word that transports us to the inner place where our hearts are consumed with the wisdom and power of the words of life contained in the holy book, and there we see Him.
The Path of Worship
We start with singing, maybe in the church service, maybe in the car, but as the words cross our lips we are suddenly aware that we are not alone – He has come in response to our worship and then we in turn no longer sing and worship in an attempt to accomplish a religious objective – no, now worship has become a response to what He has revealed – a response to His love and glory – a response to what we have seen in that inner place that now causes us to almost loose contact with the outer world of flesh and blood.
These 4 are paths the Spirit uses to take us in and show us marvelous things, so of course the enemy tries to block and distract us from truly finding these paths.
But we must push past all his plots and schemes to distract us and keep us from finding these long-established paths. If we do, we will see God in His magnitude – in the brilliance of His light and the reach of the quake of His power, so that all other problems, cares, and demonic oppositions are consumed in a puff of light by the fiery cast of His shadow upon all that is only mortal or temporary.