I received a message on Facebook Messenger a few weeks ago from my great grandkids with a question for their great grandpa. Well, it was actually from their mother since Jaxon is 5 years old and Talon is only 3,
THE QUESTION: “I challenge you to answer the boy’s question in your next blog: Why is God so cool? And what about Jesus too?”
It has been a long time since I’ve used the slang word, “Cool”, so before answering their questions, I decided to go to the internet to see if the definition of the word had changed over the years:
“COOL is an acronym abbreviation or slang word meaning AWESOME, GREAT.” (thesaurusyourdictionary.com/cool/awesome – slangs]
Now I’m sure there are many books and commentary written to answer the question of why God is so awesome, so great, so “cool”, but the best book ever is written gives exhaustive reasoning to my great grandkids question is the word of God, the Bible.
SCRIPTURE: Isaiah 38:4-8; Isaiah Chapter 40:3-8 (9-24); 1 Samuel 17:36; 2 Peter 3:8-13; Psalm 34:18-19.
The Book of Isaiah tells us that God described himself to the Israelites because their king (Hezekiah) was a fickled king who couldn’t make up his mind whether to be loyal to God or not, consequently, the people were questioning their relationship with God. It was then that God thundered to the people who He really is.
Isaiah 40:9-12 (Amplified Bible)
 O you who bring good tidings to Zion, get up to the high mountain. O you who bring good tidings to Jerusalem, lift up your voice with strength, lift it up, be not afraid; say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God!
 Behold, the Lord God will come with might, and His arm will rule for Him. Behold, His reward is with Him, and His recompense before Him.  He will feed His flock like a shepherd; He will gather the lambs in His arm. He will carry them in His bosom and will gently lead those that have their young.  Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, marked off the heavens with a [nine-inch] span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance?
The largest seas in the world are nothing but a handful of water in God’s hands. That’s AWESOME! And really “cool” to a five and three-year-old.
Yet, have you ever been in a ship out in the ocean where you can’t see land? Makes you feel rather small and helpless.
But to God, all those seas are like water in the palm of His hand.
The distance between planets and stars is far in our observance.
How far are galaxies from other galaxies? If you are traveling at the speed of light as Luke Skywalker was able to accomplish in the Star Wars movie series, you couldn’t reach the end of the universe in your lifetime.
But the Bible tells us that God measures the diameter of the universe with the span of His fingers. Yet God knows how many grains of sand that are on that beach you collected shells on last Summer. Now that’s really “cool’!
Verses 13-14 asks: “Who can fathom the Spirit of the Lord, or instruct the Lord as his counselor? Whom did the LORD consult to enlighten him, and who taught him the right way? Who was it that taught him knowledge, or showed him the path of understanding?” [NIV Bible]
These verses tell us about God’s omniscience. He’s ALL-KNOWING!
Where did God get His knowledge?
Sometimes we’re impressed by people’s Ph.D.’s or those whose IQ is more than 200, but God’s IQ is infinite. And here we are trying to make God fit into our prefabricated boxes instead of just opening ourselves up, dispensing with our vanity, and just asking Him to tell us about Himself. Now that may be difficult to explain to a five and two-year-old boys, but reading out loud verses in the Bible with children about what an awesome God He is a good place to start.
Verse 15 declares: “Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.” [NIV]
Our God governs the universe and yet, He’s intimately involved in each of our lives.
Be careful not to think too highly of nations or those who govern. Some people are tempted to elevate their leaders or governments to the level of God. But the Scriptures tell us that they’re DUST particles on a scale–or found on a dust mop.
There are some educators today who relate God to the laws of science. But God’s not a scientist who obeys scientific laws.
He’s the author and finisher of ALL laws and more. This we see in Isaiah 38:1-8.
In case you don’t know what it means, turning back the sundial ten steps, it’s the same as adding two degrees–or forty minutes–to the length of day. How “cool” is that?
In other words, our God not only created the universe, but He’s still actively in control of the universe.
He controls the movement of the planets and of time itself! As it says in Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God.”
I think that’s where many Christians get stumped. We know, in the abstract, that God can do anything, but we run into a problem that He’ll do anything for us.
The God of the Bible is a living Being–and a very personal one at that.
The Philistines worshipped gods as made of stone or wood. The Israelites had forsaken God. But to David, the Lord of all creation is a living God.
In 1 Samuel 17:36, David said to King Saul, “I, your servant have killed both a lion and a bear! Goliath the Philistine who is not circumcised will be like the lion or bear I killed. He will die because he has stood against the living God!” (International Children’s Bible).
The idea that God was real and alive had not entered the minds of the Philistines and most of Israel either. They were worshipping gods of stone and wood; god’s devised by their own imaginations.
Isaiah 40:18-20 asks the question:
Maybe you’re thinking we don’t see Christians doing these things. Wouldn’t it be a little weird to see your neighbor praying to his apple tree? Or watch him peel an apple then offer it to a rock? But that’s exactly what Isaiah’s talking about in ancient idolatry.
Today, there’s a different kind of idol worshipping. Anytime you or I make a person, a god, an institution or anything else that’s equal to or higher than the LIVING GOD in our loyalties, our priorities, then we’re committing idolatry.
That’s what IDOLATRY is; giving to anyone or anything the loyalty and devotion we should render to God and this includes anything that we feel deserves our time and resources more than our worship of God.
Did you know, we’re all born to be worshippers–even so-called atheists? They may claim that they worship no god, but in God’s eyes they worship themselves or whatever it is that gives them pleasure.
If you think about it, Isaiah has a real sense of humor. In verse 20 for instance, he’s saying, “Some of you are poor and you say that you don’t have gold to cover your idol. Well if that’s the case, be careful of the wood you choose! Your god may be eaten by termites.” [paraphrased]
Then he says, “And by the way, be sure to nail your gods down or they may just fall off their pedestal and break!”
Well, God can’t be compared with a physical or human icon–a politician, movie star, or musician (the”American Idol”). He’s very much alive, and He’s without faults, imperfections, or with failures. All that He declares is accomplished. And anything or anyone we put ahead of Him is bowing to deaf and dumb idols of ancient times.
Nevertheless, we do tend to put material things ahead of God. Every time we make our jobs, our leisure time, our worries or our friends more important than our WORSHIP of God, we show that our view and estimation of God is lacking.
Isaiah 40:21-24 tells us,
- Don’t you know? …Hasn’t it been told to you from the beginning?
- It is HE who sits above the circle of the earth, and its inhabitants like grasshoppers (READ to your children the verses with “awe”!), (HE) who stretches out the heavens like a curtain and spreads them like a tent to live in…
God is not only incomparably “awesome” compared to idols, but He’s incomparably great in His relations with the rulers of this world!
- …Who makes princes into nobodies, and makes the rulers of the earth as nothing
How “cool” is all that, Jaxon and Talon?
Let me wrap up my observations with THREE POINTS:
#1. God is all Powerful, all Knowing and He’s everywhere!
“His arm rules for Him.”
God’s arm, His Son Jesus Christ, shows us God’s power. With Jesus, nothing is impossible – be it mountains moved, problems to solve, or bodies to be healed.
He is omnipotent, omniscient, and omnipresent. Big words for a 3 and 5-year-old. It means ALL powerful; Knows everything; He’s present everywhere, all at the same time.
#2. God is a very personal LIVING Being.
“His reward is with Him.”
God is a very personal God whose greatest desire is a RELATIONSHIP with you. He knows every pain (“owie”) you will have and sorrow as well as every joy and triumph that you’ll experience. And He even listens to you–even if you don’t make sense.
#3. God is the perfect loving Shepherd.
He shows you that He’s powerful…yet tender as a shepherd who will not abandon His sheep, and wherever He leads you, take you to His perfect PEACE.
Psalm 34:18, 19 reminds us,
Recognize that God is an AWESOME God in your daily lives. And when you continually recognize and demonstrate His care for you, your children will follow.
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Bible Translations: Amplified Bible (AMP); New International Version (NIV); or as noted in the text.