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Can I Really Trust the Lord-God is Great!

 Over the last couple of months, I have been reading Tim Chester’s book “You Can Change”. In this work Chester posits four central ideas concerning the character of God. Today I would like to blog about the first of ideas with the goal of encouraging each of us to trust the Lord in all areas.

 Today’s point: God is great (and because He is great)- I don’t have to be in control. 

 Can we really trust that God is an omnipotent, sovereign, omnipresent and omniscient God?

 I don’t know about you, but I feel better when I think I am in control of the outcomes in my life.  Why? I know, at least humanly speaking, I will do what is “best” for me. However, Scripture is clear that only God truly knows what’s best for me. In fact, if you and I can name anything or anyone we are trying to control, including ourselves, we are in essence saying, “I am greater than God.” Many today trying to control their spouse, children, siblings, parents, friends, boyfriend, girl friend and the list goes on and on. However, this truth rings clear: God is great (and because He is great)- I don’t have to be in control. 

 Consider for a moment how great God is. God created this world by speaking it into existence. "Let there be..." Everything that we see and know was created with the spoken word of the Lord. The prophet Isaiah, in trying to put God’s greatness in anthropomorphic terms, states it as such:  

 Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? (Isaiah 40:12 NKJV)

 Consider the enormity of Isaiah’s statement by looking at the universe. 

  • Light travels at 186,000 miles per second.
  • At this speed, you could circle the earth 7xs and pass the moon in 2 seconds.
  • At 186,000 miles per second, it would take you 4.3 years to reach the nearest star.
  • At 186,000 miles per second, it would take you 100,000 years to cross our galaxy-The Milky Way.
  • IC 1101 is the largest Galaxy found to date. It is 60 times larger than our galaxy-The Milky Way and contains 100 Trillion stars.
  • It is believed that there are at least 100,000,000,000  (100 Trillion) Galaxies in the universe. 
  • At 186,000 miles per second, it would take 2,000,000 years to reach the closest galaxy.
  • At 186,000 miles per second, it would take 20,000,000 years to reach the closest cluster of galaxies.

 And when you get to the cluster of galaxies in 20,000,000 years, you would just be beginning to scratch the surface of God's marvelous creation. God created all this by speaking! God is great (and because He is great)- I don’t have to be in control

 My friends, if God can speak the universe into existence and “uphold all things by the word of His power” (Heb. 1:3), surely he can control all the details of my life. The $64 million question is, “Will I trust in the veracity and integrity of God’s character?” Or, will I go around trying to control things and people. 

 May we all take the writer of Hebrews advice and rest in the greatness of God. 

 Hebrews 4:10 (HCSB)  10  For the person who has entered His rest has rested from his own works, just as God did from His. 


Grace and Peace to you!




Adapted From: Chester, Tim. “You Can Change.” Crossway, 2013. iBooks. 


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Currently serving as the Senior Pastor and Developer of New Beginnings Fellowship in Lawrenceville, GA.
Pastor Screen has served as a member of the South Atlantic District Executive Committee (DEXCOM) which oversees 100 Churches in GA., S.C., and N.C. for nine years.  He also served on the South Atlantic District Multiplication Team for 12 years which is responsible for Church Planting in GA., S.C., and N.C.


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