Yesterday on my walk I listened to a sermon by David Platt, “The Battle Between Our Ears.” In this sermon from Philippians 4, David asserted that the fight for joy, gentleness, and peace occurs in our minds. We are to think on what is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable. As we who are believers, who have the mind of Christ, do so, what we think will take root and transform the way we feel and the way we live.
I’ve discovered one of the most effective tools in my own battles with melancholy is to preach to myself, to think on what is true. I tell myself the truth of the gospel: that I need saving and Jesus offers grace and mercy and forgiveness and life in Him. I tell myself the truth of who God is: He is all-powerful, all-wise, all-knowing, all-sufficient. This practice of remembering God’s attributes builds my faith, helps me persevere, and causes me to rejoice in the Lord, again and again.
To me, one of the most comforting aspects of the character of God is His infinitude. He has no beginning, no ending; He is infinite. Dictionary.com defines infinite as:
- immeasurably great: an infinite capacity for forgiveness.
- indefinitely or exceedingly great: infinite sums of money.
- unlimited or unmeasurable in extent of space, duration of time, etc.: the infinite nature of outer space.
- unbounded or unlimited; boundless; endless: God’s infinite mercy.
Because He is infinite, He is boundless, measureless, without limit. Psalm 147:5 exults, “Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.” Job 11:7-9 confesses, “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.”
The infinitude of God is difficult for us to get our minds around, precisely because while He is limitless, we are so very limited. As finite creatures struggling to grasp the infinite, there are limits to our understanding. However, this doesn’t mean the truth of God’s infinite character doesn’t profoundly affect us, narrow though our grasp may be. As I rehearse to myself God’s attributes, I remember that who God is, He is infinitely so.
God is infinitely gracious, infinitely powerful, infinitely wise, infinitely present, infinitely merciful, infinitely sufficient. There are no boundaries, no limits on who God is and who He is for you and for me. Not only that but He is infinitely beautiful and infinitely worthy and infinitely glorious!
How big is your need? How overwhelming is your struggle? How exhausting is your fight? What comfort that we can rest in our limitless God who has limitless power and limitless love and limitless grace and limitless beauty and limitless majesty. He is infinitely able to meet your needs according to His infinite riches found in His Son Jesus who loves you (to infinity and beyond!) with an infinite love. As we fight the influence of the world and our sin, battling for joy and gentleness and peace we so desperately need, let us do so by thinking on what is true, rehearsing to ourselves who God is and that He is infinitely so. He is all this for you in Christ!