God is infinite.
We humans are finite. That means we have a beginning and an end to our lives here on earth. We are limited in our understanding of things. For example, we don’t fully understand cancer and how it begins or how we can cure it. We are limited in power and limited in our ability to make what we want happen. For example, just because we want a million dollars, we can’t just make that happen because we say we want it. We are limited by time and space. We are only in one place at one time. You can’t play soccer with one friend at the same time that you have ice cream with another friend. You have to choose one place to be at a time. We have a limited amount of resources. We have to choose how to spend our money and our time because we have a limited amount of both.
But, God is infinite. He has no beginning and will never end. “God has no bounds. Whatever God is and all that God is, He is without limit.” God has no limit to His knowledge and wisdom. There is absolutely nothing that confuses or stumps God. God is not limited by time and space. God is everywhere - past, present, and future - in all places, at all times. Everything on earth, everything in heaven, everything everywhere is God’s, and He could create more at any time. When God said, “Let there be light”, it appeared because He is infinite in power. He has no limit to His resources. Look at this symbol below. This is what math people use for infinity. Where is the beginning of this shape? Where does it end? This symbol stands for infinity because there is no beginning or end, you can trace it over and over and never reach an ending. That is how God is. He has no beginning and no end. There is no beginning or end to any of God’s attributes.
We simply cannot understand fully what God’s infinitude means because we are not infinite.
But, we should spend time thinking deeply about this attribute of God and what it means to us. God has revealed this attribute of Himself for His glory (so we will think highly of Him) and our benefit. Everything about God is without limits. God’s mercy is infinite. God’s grace is infinite. God’s love is infinite. How does God’s infinitude impact our lives? How can we rest in God’s character of His being absolutely limitless? How can God’s infinitude lead to trusting Him more?
Consider these verses.
Romans 11:33-36 “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen”.
Psalm 50:10-12 “For every beast of the forest is mine, the cattle on a thousand hills. I know all the birds of the hills and all that moves in the field is mine. If I were hungry, I would not tell you, for the world is mine and its fullness are mine.”
Psalm 90:2 “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever you had formed the earth and the world, from everlasting to everlasting you are God.”
Revelation 1:8 . “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
While we cannot understand completely a Being who is so unlike us in this aspect, we can marvel at the wonderful God who is infinite.
How is God’s infinite nature a reason to be joyful?
Getting to know God in relationship:
How will you talk to God differently and read His word differently because of this attribute?
Written by Wendy Wood, CHCC counselor