God is Transcendent
Several years ago, J. B. Phillips wrote a book entitled, “Your God Is Too Small.” In the book, he describes our tendency to think about God in comfortable categories. We remake God in our image and bring him down to our level. For instance, we often think of God as a doting grandfather. Someone who smiles at our foibles, spoils us with lavish gifts, let’s us order anything off the menu, picks us up when we’ve fallen, and tenderly nurses our bumps and bruises. Granted, God is somewhat grandfatherly. He is very old. He is tender. He is affectionate, and he delights in giving good gifts to those he loves. He tells wonderful stories. But He is so much more.
A. W. Tozer tells us, “What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us... Worship is pure or base as the worshiper entertains high or low thoughts of God. We tend, by a secret law of the soul, to move toward our mental image of God (Knowledge of the Holy).
During this series, we want to challenge the limits of our imagination. We want to think about God’s transcendence and why that is profoundly comforting to us. More than anything else, we want to remember that God is bigger than the moment we find ourselves in. Much bigger.
We want to enlarge our vision of God by considering his attributes. We want to listen to how the biblical writers describe God and grow in our passion and devotion for Him.