The Lottery

Last month someone won the 600 million dollar lottery. At first the chatter was Who was it? Did I know them? Was it someone in Zephyrhills? When the person with the winning ticket did not come forward the chatter changed its tune to “What would I do if I had won it?” It was the talk of the town! What answers were people giving to that question? New car, bigger house, a vacation, quit my job, give to a charity (I didn’t hear anyone giving money to support their church). The charity was noble rather than selfish but shortly after the big jackpot winner was announced; one of the local newspapers came out with a three-part series on the 50 worst charities. The article showed that out of the millions and millions of dollars donated; only a tiny fraction went to those for which it was intended.

But what was laughable was how people just appeared not to understand just how much money six million (or three after taxes) really is! They were talking extravagantly about spending for this and that not realizing they could buy all they wanted and give away millions just off the interest earned on that sum of money!

We face the same problem with being able to comprehend just how big our God is. We can read the definition of “omniscient, -knows everything, omnipotence – all powerful, transcendent- beyond time and space and some of the other words like immutable, eternal, infinite but can our little brains really comprehend these concepts? We have to just take it by faith that God sees everything and knows everything, is all powerful and is everywhere.

He is omniscient…knows everything God tells Isaiah in Chapter 55:8-9(NIV) that “My thoughts are not your thoughts and as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts” and “The eyes of the Lord are everywhere..”(Proverbs 14:3NIV)

“Nothing in all creation is hidden from God’s sight” (Hebrews 4:13 NIV).

He is omnipotent, all powerful. In each of the books of Matthew, Mark and Luke the Scriptures tell us that “Nothing is impossible with God.” Proverbs 147:5 says “Great is our Lord and mighty in power.”

God is transcendent; he has no restraints with time and space “…one God and Father of all who is over all, through all and in all.”(Ephesians 4:6 NIV)

Psalm 97:9 declares “For you, oh Lord, are the Most High over all the earth”

God created the heavens and the earth. (Genesis 1:1 NIV)

We should thank him every day for how patient and understanding he is of our limited abilities to live a righteous life. Because God knows all things, understands all things and is aware of all things, we don’t need to worry about anything. He promises he will take care of us.

We will never know how big and powerful he is until we meet him face to face in heaven and bow before him in abject humility and gratitude.

Thank you Father for loving us and giving us grace and mercy, Amen