God Is Infinite!

God is beyond human limitations or measurements. He transcends the physical universe, yet He cares about infinitesimally small things. Why does He care about us?

Do we fully realize that God is infinite?

The word infinite doesn’t really convey the wonder of God! The concept is something we finite humans simply cannot get our minds around.

The Oxford Universal Dictionary defines infinite this way: “Boundless, having no limit or end; immeasurably great in extent; immense, vast; indeterminate; chiefly of God or His attributes” (emphasis added).

No man can have in his mind an image of infinite magnitude!

And the infinitesimal

Yet God has concern with the infinitesimal—after all, He made the structure of all matter, including subatomic particles whose size lies in the order of nanometers!

Indeed, God cares deeply about every tiny part of you, every detail of your life. He even knows the number of hairs on your head (Matthew 10:30; Luke 12:7).

What is “infinitesimal”? Back to the Oxford: “An infinitely small part or quantity; too small to be measured or reckoned.”

Scientists and mathematicians have struggled with these concepts for centuries. They had to invent special symbols and summations to designate infinity (while in reality man is unable to really represent infinity and infinite things).

They denote infinity by a funny sign that looks like an eight on its side. Einstein postulated that as a spaceship’s speed approaches that of light, its mass increases until at the speed of light its mass becomes infinite.

But these things bring us no closer to appreciating the magnitude of infinity!

Limiting God?

It would be impossible, as several biblical figures discovered, to build a structure to enclose God. God designed and created the universe. So how could His creation enclose and limit Him?

The prophet Jeremiah tells us that God “made the earth by His power; He has established the world by His wisdom, and stretched out the heaven by His understanding” (Jeremiah 51:15).

God designed, formed, shaped and created man. His purpose in doing so was to reproduce Himself into millions of children of God and make them members of God’s family.

Yes, God is there. All around us. Also within true Christians (Romans 8:9; 1 Corinthians 3:16). God is everywhere.

Transcending time

If God is infinitely mighty and powerful and is everywhere, then surely He also transcends time! “O Lord God Almighty, the One who is and who was and who is to come” (Revelation 11:17)!

Remember that “with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day” (2 Peter 3:8). God created time—and the sun and moon by which we measure it. Time presents no bounds to God. He exists apart from it—as impossible as that is for us to grasp—and His existence is not tied to it. Compared to His greatness and power, time is insignificant.

What is man?

The Father is present everywhere. He also sees everything that we do. He knows our every thought. When you pray, He knows your needs even before you ask Him (Matthew 6:8). Moreover, He is aware of every sin we commit.

God is patient and longsuffering! Despite our human weaknesses, God is willing to forgive us upon genuine repentance (Psalm 103:8-12).

So not only is God infinite in the magnitude of His creation, but also in every way: In goodness. In mercy. In compassion. In love. In sympathy. In concern for His creation—for us!

How fortunate for us that He is so loving and compassionate! For us, He was prepared to make the ultimate sacrifice, giving the life of His Son! Imagine what it cost God to do this! Imagine His anguish and trauma, watching Jesus die for us on the cross! Imagine what great love He must have for us!

How unbelievable that He has any interest in beings as insignificant, small and helpless as humans! In Psalm 8:4 David asked this exact question: “What is man that You are mindful of him?” (see also Hebrews 2:6).

What indeed.

Doing our utmost for our infinite God

But one thing we aspiring God family members must focus on: God will not let into His family any of those who will not subject themselves to His will and obey Him implicitly! His plan is perfect: He is not about to let anyone upset the applecart! Matthew 13:41 confirms this: “They will gather out of His kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness.”

So there is a part for us to play in all this. We are told that “by grace you have been saved through faith” (Ephesians 2:8). But in James 2:17 we learn that “faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead”! The process of salvation involves both faith and works.

This shows clearly that we need to do our utmost to demonstrate to God that we want to subject ourselves to Him and obey Him in all things. We do this also by sincere and heartfelt repentance before God for all the sins we have committed.

God is not looking for recompense. David tells us in Psalm 51:17 that “a broken and contrite heart … [God] will not despise.” Show Him your desire to forsake your sinful past and obey Him, and He will open a path for you to enter His royal family!

About the Author

Larry Murray

Larry Murray, a member of the Church of God, a Worldwide Association in South Africa, is an electronic engineer who has worked for several multinational computer organizations, including Hewlett-Packard. Upon leaving HP, he was called into the Church of God after reading a book by Herbert W. Armstrong. He now lives in Pretoria with his artist wife and his son and daughter.