Infinite in Being and Perfection
Posted under The Rectory Bulletin | Westminster Confession of Faith
Can you find out the deep things of God? Can you find out the limit of the Almighty? It is higher than heaven—what can you do? Deeper than Sheol—what can you know? Its measure is longer than the earth and broader than the sea. (Job 11:7–9)
Behold, these are but the outskirts of his ways, and how small a whisper do we hear of him! But the thunder of his power who can understand? (Job 26:14)
Infinity is a hard thing for the human brain to comprehend. Our lives are so full of limitations, that we take it for granted that all that exists must similarly be limited. We can only be in one place at a time, and we exist only at one place in time. If you look into the heavens on a clear night, slowly the layers of stars reveal themselves and you become increasingly struck by awe at the immensity of it all. It’s hard to imagine the distances you can see, distances so vast that it takes hundreds of years for the light to get to you. If you were to look at Orion, and pick out the middle star of the ‘belt’ you are looking at light which left the star 1,342 years ago. In AD679.
The idea of the infinity of God is rich. It demonstrates his perfection, as he is not limited by anything. There is no lack in his holiness, or possibility that it can be greater. It underpins his eternity, as Psalm 90 testifies: “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.” (Psalm 90:2). God’s infinity also undergirds the fact that he is everywhere present, and knows all things. An infinite God is always at hand, and always present to us. As the Psalmist rejoices:
“Where shall I go from your Spirit? Or where shall I flee from your presence? If I ascend to heaven, you are there! If I make my bed in Sheol, you are there! If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.” (Psalm 139:7–10)
Oh what it is to have a God who is infinite and perfect.