We return today to Julia Johnston’s hymn “Grace Greater Than Our Sin”. As we continue to alphabetize the various ways we can see grace, we come to the fourth stanza of this hymn: “Marvelous, infinite, matchless grace!” For today we will choose Infinite for the letter “I”. Infinite grace is quite a grand thought.
How Big is God?
The question has been asked by the world for many ages, “How big is God”. Philosophers pose the question to ridicule Him. Atheists insist that since He can’t be seen He must not be big enough to believe. The hurting want to know if God is big enough to meet their needs. The Bible answers the question with clarity. The psalmist says there is no place we can go to escape Him. That is just one place we see His omnipresence.
God challenges Job to match His ability to lay out all the heavens and control the affairs of all the earth. That is just one place that teaches His omnipotence. God tells Isaiah that He knows the end from the beginning. That is just one place that teaches His omniscience. The answer to the question, how big is God, is that He is big enough to be all present, all powerful and all knowing. This is the God of grace.
Grace then is as big as God is. God is infinite in scope. Grace is infinite in scope. There is not a place where God cannot extend His grace except hell. Those who have rejected His grace will never have another chance. God has elected to exclude hell from His grace, but He pours grace out freely so that no one need go to hell.
Grace is as infinite as His omnipresence. There is no need so great that in omnipotent grace He cannot meet it. Grace is as infinite as His omnipotence. There is no need so deep or vague that in omniscient grace He cannot understand it and care for it. Grace is as infinite as His omniscience.
Stuart Hamblen’s country classic, “How Big is God” is a fine way to think of how big God’s grace really is. Hamblen points out that God is big enough to do everything. God is also “small enough to live within my heart”. That is where we find God’s infinite grace so precious, “within my heart.” Sing the praises of God’s infinite grace today.