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Knowing Jesus Daily: Above & Beneath

Know therefore today, and lay it to your heart, that the LORD is God in heaven above and on the earth beneath; there is no other. - Deuteronomy 4:39 (ESV)

In our lives it is easy for us to get bogged down in the details of something. We get "lost in the weeds" of circumstances and situations quickly, and forget about other things.

It is common for people to be so entrenched in something happening at work, that they lose sight of family and have a difficult time enjoying time away from work. Some parents get sucked into the politics of their children's sports league, and whether or not someone shouldn't be the starter, that they forget the bigger picture that it's just Little League baseball. 

We often forget the same thing about God. We know we can take our prayers to God, and that the details of our lives are things we can bring to him with confidence. We ask God to help our hurt knee, or guide us through a conversation we're having later with someone. But it is important to remember that God is simultaneously ruling and reigning over the whole world.

Think about this truth for a moment: not only is God just as present and aware of every speck of dust on some uninhabited planet in a yet to be discovered galaxy in the universe, but He, himself, exists outside of this universe.

God is so other than us that we sometimes forget it. The fact that he joins us in our details often causes us to forget the largeness and bigness of God.

This transcendence of God should spark our awe and wonder. It should prompt our praises and worship of the LORD who is unmatched and unlike any other. It also breeds our confidence that there is absolutely nothing that we shouldn't bring to him. After all, there is nothing that is too complex or too difficult for God. He's above it all and beneath it all. He is everywhere.

Reflection & Journal:

  • What does it do in your heart and mind as you consider the bigness and transcendence of God?
  • How does God's otherness and greatness promote, not discourage, our coming to Him?
  • What things do you need to take right now, without delay, to the only God who can do something about it, comfort you, and help you?