GOD IS (NOT) MY BUDDY – Nov. 22thNovember 22, 2012
It seems like most people have a very similar tendency. If we are shown an image enough times we begin to accept it as real even when we know it is a caricature. Caricatures are used all the time to help communicate a point. I have seen characteristics exaggerated to highlight what can be overlooked. I have also seen caricatures used to simplify that which is hard to fathom. The problem is when the caricature becomes so engrained that we begin to believe the distortion.
Most of us are familiar with maps of the United States like this one:
What is the largest US state? Most of us know that Alaska is the largest state, followed by Texas. However, I think many people fail to grasp the true size of Alaska. We become so familiar with this common map of the United States that our perception of Alaska is that it is just a little bit bigger than Texas. The reason Alaska has to be shown at the scale it is on the map is in order to get it to fit. This map puts Alaska into scale for us.
Alaska is big. It is really, really big. I mean no offence to my friends in Texas but y’all need to come up with a new slogan.
Our God is like this. God is so big that we have to use caricatures to simplify Him, so that we can explain and understand Him. The scale of God is indescribable. Louie Giglio does a great job in this video, giving us a perspective of the indescribable-ness of God. It is so important to occasionally take our eyes off of our God caricatures and behold the true scale of the Almighty.
This is the Milky Way. Just consider that God made this with the breath of his mouth; our small, little, insignificant, backwater of the Universe that still contains billions of stars just like our own. God not only created that but the entire Universe, with a word. Let that sink in – with a word!
We get so familiar with the caricatures of Jesus holding us, carrying us, comforting us, defending us; all of which are very true and demonstrate wonderful characteristics of our God. However, there is a gigantic scale distortion in those images. We may begin to think that we are on God’s scale if those images are all that we behold. We can default into thinking that our glory is almost as important as God’s glory. It is so very important to take our eyes off our caricature aids and behold the grandeur of our God. Behold the scale of the universe…that is just a word of God Almighty.
How does your glory stack up against that?