Warrior Wisdom: Believing & Trusting in the Greatness of God

Nehemiah 1.5 ESV

1.5  And I said, “O LORD (יְהֹוָה YWHW) God of heaven, (אֱלֹהֵי הַשָּׁמַיִם) the great (הַגָּדוֹל is גָּדוֹל with a definite article “הַ” meaning God is THE great God; there is no one and nothing as great as our God; He has no equal as Isaiah 40.12-31 reminds us: “To whom can you compare God?” v.18; “To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal? Asks the Holy One v.25 NLT) and awesome (וְהַנּוֹרָא Niphal Participle with conjunction וְ connecting “Great” with “awesome”; and the definite article “הַ” meaning God is “THE Great God” and “THE Awesome God” or “The One Who inspires fear, dreadfulness, or astonishment.”) God who keeps covenant (He is a promise keeping God; He is true to His covenant promises; He is true to His word.) and steadfast love (חֶסֶד /khesed—loving kindness, goodness, mercy, faithfulness) with those who love him (לְאֹהֲבָיו Qal Participle of אָהַב /ahab—to love; the “לְ” is preposition showing that people WHO LOVE GOD are also people who keep His commandments) and keep his commandments,

 

For me C.S. Lewis captures the greatness or bigness or our God in his children’s book, Prince Caspian, when he writes:

 

“Aslan, Aslan. Dear Aslan,” sobbed Lucy. “At last.”

    The great beast rolled over on his side so that Lucy fell, half lying between his front paws. He bent forward and just touched her nose with his tongue. His warm breath came all around her. She gazed up into the large wise face.

 

    “Welcome, child,” he said.

    “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.”

*From C. S. Lewis, Prince Caspian (New York, NY: HarperCollins, 1979), p. 148.

 

It seems to me this ought to be true of us as well. The older we get the more wisdom we ought to have concerning the reality of our world and the God of the Bible. When we are faced with discomfort, the impossible, and the overwhelming; where can we go when we are powerless, weak, tired, and overwhelmed with grief? We must be wise in turning to our Great and Awesome God and not fall into the trap of trying to domesticate God as Mike Erre warns against, “The impulse to domesticate God comes from our discomfort at not being able to see, understand, or perceive God. So, we seek to make Him ‘see-able’—understandable, controllable, predictable.”

Quoted from Mike Erre, Astonished: Recapturing the Wonder, Awe, and Mystery of Life with God (Colorado Springs, CO: David C Cook, 2014), p.14.