We all have too small a view of God. Our finite minds, our sin, and God's infinitude make it impossible for us to understand God completely. As we draw closer to God and pursue him our view of him should grow over time. Just as our knowledge and appreciation of a friend grows the longer the friendship continues, the same is true of our relationship with God.
The prayer of Hezekiah in Isaiah 37:14-20 may help us expand our view of God. Hezekiah first recognizes the power of God. He acknowledges God as the one who can deliver them from any circumstance. Second, he acknowledges God as king. His position as king of the universe places him in a position of superiority over everyone on earth. Third, he is the creator of everything. As creator he ultimately made and sustains every molecule in the universe. Everyone is thus dependent upon God for every breath they take. Fourth, God can hear and respond to the needs of his people. He is not distant or aloof but is near and is ready to respond to prayers. Fifth and finally, he is real. He is not a figment of our imagination, some type of wish fulfillment or some evolutionary survival mechanism, he is instead the real, true God.
As we consider this prayer, we should consider our own interactions with God and consider whether we have the large, all-encompassing view of God which Hezekiah expresses.
Question of the day: How can you expand your view of God today?
Father God, thank you for hearing my cries. Thank you that you are real and true, and I can always rely on you. Help me not to place you in a box or have a tiny view of you but give me grace to see you for who you truly are. Thank you that you are the creator God of the universe and have granted me life today. Amen.