God’s Infinitude

There are things we do and experiences we have that when first have them seem too big to overcome. Whether it is looking up at the shear face of a mountain cliff, the prospect of a full marathon, studying for an advanced degree, building a tree house, quilting a blanket or unwrapping the next big video game, the thought of reaching the top or the finish line can be daunting. We can feel so small and incapable compared to the challenge that awaits us but over time, and with patient practice, we see people accomplish things they never thought possible. And then, comes the next thing. We tend to revel in our victory for only brief moments before the hunger for more sets in and we want another, and hopefully, tougher challenge. In fact, often what seemed nearly impossible suddenly becomes mundane because we’ve “beaten the End Boss.” We’ve conquered the game, the mountain, the project or the marathon and have become the master rather than the student. What was once way beyond us has now become boring because we know we can do it again anytime we want. That is how humans deal with those things that seem beyond them, they conquer them and enjoy the struggle of the getting there.

God, however, is infinite. That is the simplest definition there is for the “infinitude of God.” God has no limits or boundaries or end. There is nothing about God that falls short of being completely everything that He is. If God is powerful, then He is Omnipotent; if He is wise then He is Omniscient; if He is anywhere then He is Omnipresent. If there is an attribute that applies to God, then God is all of it without limitations. Perhaps that is why Tozer starts here, so that we will not think that the attributes are just a part of God but will remember that He is these things without end. The outworking of this is that God is perfect. This is one of the reasons why we say that God is outside of creation because if He were a part of Creation then God wouldn’t be Infinite.

While it is easy to say that God is infinite, it is quite another thing to comprehend. Not that we won’t and don’t try but the reality is that we are incapable of comprehending what it is to be infinite. It requires our imagination to even think in infinite terms because in our time and space we understand things in relativity. Tozer gives the following example, “If God knew almost everything, (say 99% of everything that could be known) but not quite everything then God wouldn’t be perfect in knowledge. His understanding wouldn’t be infinite.” Now compared to the smartest person in the world God would know abundantly more than he would but that doesn’t mean that God is all knowing. The same could be said of God’s power or presence; if He isn’t infinite then He just has more of it than we do. This would disqualify God from being God because it would make Him a being that is just a bit, okay quite a bit, smarter and more powerful than we are. Would we worship an imperfect being like that? Would live in surrender to a being like that? And wouldn’t we always be wondering if there was something just a little more powerful our there yet to be discovered?

The infinitude of God is one of the many more reason why we worship God and are safe to rest in His arms. He is perfect in everything that He is and does. There is nothing out there yet undiscovered that will be a challenge to God. He is no beginning and will have no end. His Word reveals to us everything that He wants us to know, in this life, in order for us to have a relationship with Him but not everything there is to know about Him. It will take eternity to discover the infinite God.

One of the points that Tozer emphasizes when considering the infinitude of God is the journey this puts a believer on as we move toward God. Our journey toward the heart of God is an adventure because we are drawing closer to God who has no limits and therefore cannot be figured out. There isn’t a program or format to follow with repeatable steps that guarantee an outcome. We will never have mastery over Him no matter how much we know and come to understand of Him. What we will experience with Him in one season of our lives will be just what we are in need of and when the next season begins He will uniquely supply that as well. We will never arrive at a point in which the Christian life is so predictable and clichéd that we can go through the motions since, as Tozer states, Christianity is just a gateway into God and not just an insurance policy against hell. He continues, “And then when you get into God, ‘with Christ in God’, then you’re on a journey into infinity, into infinitude. There is no limit and no place to stop. There isn’t just one work of grace, or a second work or a third work, and then that’s it. There are numberless experiences and spiritual epochs and crises that can take place in your life while you are journeying out into the heart of God in Christ.”

Tozer concludes his discussion on infinitude with this challenge:

Are you contented with nominal Christianity? If you are, I’ve nothing for you. Are you contented with popular Christianity that runs on the authority and popularity of big shots? If you are, I’ve nothing for you. Are you content with elementary Christianity? If you are, all I’ve got for you is to exhort you earnestly to press on toward perfection. But if you’re not satisfied with nominal Christianity, popular Christianity and the first beginnings of things and you want to know the Triune God for yourself, read on.

And that is what we shall continue next time as we consider: God’s Immensity.

For Christ Alone.