19th March 2020

How Busy is God?

“I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?”
Psalm 8:4 (MSG)

I don’t know about you of course, but there have been times when I have asked “How ‘on earth’ can God hear all the prayers of all people at once?” How can He possibly be personally involved with my little life when He has the whole Universe (and maybe multi-verses) to control, as well as answering all the prayers of all the Saints? Aren’t we bothering Him sometimes? Now of course this is a very human question and I am so very human. But maybe, just maybe, you have also asked this? Like you I had been taught the vital importance of prayer, even continual prayer, to have God in our thoughts at all times throughout the day, and not just on our knees. But when I see the vast cathedrals, when I look up at the brilliance of the night sky or consider the complexity of the genome code, I am forced to ask along with King David ‘What is man that you are mindful of him?’

However, I also read in James that when I draw near to God then He will draw near to me (James 4:8). So that’s encouraging for a start. I so badly wanted to believe that God was there for me in a very personal way as the Bible indicated. Therefore to help me further in my limited understanding I reasoned because we live on a round Earth that many seeking God in prayer would be asleep, thus not praying when I was! I further reasoned that maybe those awake would not all be praying at the same time. Still further – those who were praying when I was would not be praying about the same thing. You see how my human reasoning had me limiting God? I was only speaking from my experience. This physical world is so easily the limit of our horizon based on our human experience alone. Yet we are called to walk by faith not (only) by sight in these matters.

So there was the problem as I saw it. We live in time and space. God has put us in a playpen with certain restraints, and at the moment it’s all we have experienced even though we know there is a fabulous future promised. Physical dimensions bound us. E=MC2 would seem to mark out these boundaries for this physical episode in our continual life. God has a Great Purpose in so doing. But our Father is not limited by the restraints we experience. He is instant and is everywhere at all times, so He cannot be far from us. After all – He created these along with all the other dimensions! The obvious conclusion to this is that God has all the time in the world for us when we pray.

Although we share our one and only Saviour who came in time and space to die for us, Great Unlimited God, we thank you that you are mindful of each of us individually and hear all our prayers.

Study by Tony Goudie

About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of Grace Communion International

Local Congregation:
GCI Essex
Great Baddow
United Reformed church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 07584-193441
Email: greatbaddow@gracecom.church

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