My dad is bigger than your dad! Did you ever say that when you were a kid? Did you look up to your dad as being able to save you from ANYTHING?! Or, perhaps, your dad wasn’t interested or wasn’t present, which makes that exclamation hard to process. I am here to tell you that whether you have a dad or not, you definitely have a Father. You have a Heavenly Father and He is BIGGER than anything or anyone. He is the “Biggest Dad” around and only He can save you from ANYTHING this world can throw at you. Read on to learn more about your Transcendent Daddy!
I am taking this blog on a Getting to Know God journey and using a guide called 30 Days of Praying the Names and Attributes of God from the Navigators website. Today’s blog corresponds to Day 10 on their guide, which says this:
“God is transcendent. We must not think of God as simply the highest in an order of beings. This would be to grant Him eminence, but He is more than eminent. He is transcendent – existing beyond and above the created universe.”
The cited verses for today are:
God is higher than anything and anyone,
outshining everything you can see in the skies.
Who can compare with God, our God,
so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent
heavens and earth?
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt,
rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
Seats them among the honored guests,
a place of honor among the brightest and best.
(The actual cited verses for today are Psalm 113:4-5 but in bringing these verses up on http://www.biblegateway.com/ I saw this translation from The Message Bible and thought it really brought the point home)
Can your mind comprehend that God is transcendent? He is not just above us and every living thing, He is above EVERYTHING!! In fact, He created EVERYTHING! There is nothing in this world or the spiritual world that is a mystery to God. He has dominion over ALL. He has all the power, all the wisdom, all the love and can do as He pleases. He does not answer to anyone or anything.
He is your Big Daddy! God is BIGGER than any issue you have and He is able to help you OVERCOME anything you are struggling with in this world. Do not buy the lie of the enemy that God is unable to help you or that you are not worthy of His help. God is greater than anything and anyone and He loves you unconditionally. It is from His love that His grace flows to us and allows us to call on Him and walk in the freedom of Christ.
I have had a few times in my life when I had to fully surrender my life/my problems to God and ask for His help. You know what? He did help, in ways I cannot truly explain. One of those times was a little over 4 years ago. I was in excruciating pain due to a severely herniated disc in my spine. I was continuing my daily activities but it was taking a toll on my body and my spirit. I remember falling to my knees, literally, and crying out to God that I could not go on. I didn’t even know what to pray, I just cried and asked for His help.
Did He heal me right there and there? No, He did not, but He led me to capable doctors and surgeons and rearranged schedules (via sudden cancellations, etc.) so I was able to get all the tests and the surgery completed in the time it takes most folks to get a first appointment. I had peace that surpasses understanding about the surgery because I could see His hands all over it. So much peace that I didn’t even worry, not for a moment, when a small post-surgery complication arose that fully took away my ability to walk. I knew He was in the midst of the whole thing and that I just needed to be patient and wait. I leaned on the fact that God is good and thought perhaps He was setting me up to learn something if my post-surgery complication required me to “learn” to walk again. God was BIGGER than my back pain and He delivered me from it.
More recently, I was in a deep & dark depression. I had no interest in anything and it was becoming unbearable. Having struggled with depression in the past, I recognized it and sought out medical attention. However, I was unable to get a doctor’s appointment for 3 weeks. I felt lost, I felt angry, I felt confused and I felt like I could not take another breath. Here again, I fell to my knees and cried. I surrendered my depression to God and told Him that I could NOT go on and that I simply could NOT take it anymore. I told Him that if I was to take another breath or another step, it would have to be through His Power. This particular prayer time was right before bed and the next morning I woke up and felt lighter. I could feel the cloud of depression had begun to lift. He has steadily kept lifting my spirits as I continue to focus on Him. I am grateful beyond words. I know that it doesn’t mean every day will be perfect and that I will never feel low in my spirit again. It means that I can walk with God and that as I keep my eyes on Him, He will help me navigate the trials of this world, including my depression.
I once saw a saying on a wooden sign that said this:
“Don’t tell God how big your problem is, tell your problem how big your God is.”
I like that saying and I think, from my personal experience, that is exactly what it takes to overcome any problem we may encounter in this life. God is bigger than any problem we face and I encourage you to focus on Him, regardless of your feelings or situation, and ask that He deliver you from your cares and worries. Then BELIEVE God for that deliverance as it WILL COME! It may not come in your timing or in the way that you think it should come, rather it will come in God’s timing and in His ways. That is a comfort to me as I know God’s timing and God’s ways are perfect and are always aimed at my best.
Blessings to you today and always as you journey towards the heart of God.
Love and Blessings,