8 Bible Verses on Our Awesome God

We use a lot of big words when we talk about God.

Omnipotent. Omnipresent. Omniscient. He is all-powerful, all-present, and all-knowing.

If a word means all encompassing, it’s probably been used to talk about God.

Where do these words come from?

These words express the upper limit of our ability to understand power, wisdom, and time.

When Scripture tells us about the power, wisdom, and eternal nature of God, how else could we describe him?

Here are some of the ways the Bible helps us understand our awe-some God:

1. Isaiah 55:8–9

For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (see whole passage).

The Faithlife Study Bible says verse eight is “a direct statement about God’s transcendence. His nature and plan are infinitely beyond human understanding. God is infinitely different from us in His thoughts and ways. Because God is holy (Leviticus 19:2), we are to strive to reach the higher and nobler ideals of his thoughts and ways, as expressed by the command to ‘be holy.'”

With three layers of study notes, the FSB lets us take an even closer look at this passage.

By clicking the plus sign, we can dig into the second layer of notes to read: “The biblical portrait of God develops both transcendent and immanent aspects of His nature. The transcendent nature is not like people and infinitely above people. The immanent nature is intimately present with people and among people. God’s transcendence places Him beyond the limits of time and space. His nature as uncreated and separate from His creation is a fundamental concept distinguishing a biblical understanding of God from other philosophical or religious theories, such as pantheism or monism.”

Sometimes it’s discouraging to recognize that we don’t know what God’s thinking. We don’t have all the answers and we don’t know the plan.

We serve a God that thinks about our lives, our world, and his creation on a completely different level than even the smartest human has the capacity to think. (click to tweet).

A pastor recently shared with me, “When things don’t go our way, we ask ‘Why, God, why?’ What we should be asking is ‘What, God, what?’ What is he trying to show us?”

We can’t possibly hope to understand what God’s thinking, because his thoughts transcend our own. But we can ask him questions and pray that he points us to something we can understand.

2. Isaiah 40:28

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. (see whole passage).

The FSB says that the phrase “creator of the ends of the earth” points back to Isaiah 40:27.

It states, “The focus on God as Creator and totally ‘other’ than His creation answers the statements of v. 27. Since God’s ways are unknowable, how can they make such a claim?”

We don’t know what God is thinking, so how can we say that he’s not thinking about us? (click to tweet).

3. Job 26:14

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? (see whole passage).

In the first layer of the FSB we read, “These mighty acts of God give only a glimpse of His power. Here, Job’s description of God’s majestic power anticipates God’s speech in chapter 38.”

The FSB also comments on the phrase, “how small a whisper,” stating, “The mighty thunder and wind is only a whisper to God. This description again anticipates God’s response in chapter 38, where God speaks from a whirlwind. Elsewhere, God speaks in a whisper (1 Kings 19:11–13).”

Read chapter 38 to see God’s powerful response to Job.

4. Psalm 147:5

Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure. (see whole passage).

A.W. Tozer says, “Because God knows all things perfectly, he knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, he is never surprised, never amazed.” (click to tweet).

“Beyond measure” is a tough concept to grasp. In The Heavens: Intimate Moments with Your Majestic God, Kevin Hartnett grapples with what understanding beyond measure looks like:

“Indeed, through His own gracious revelation of Himself, we can understand God in part, but we can never fully comprehend Him, or even a single one of His qualities. There will always be more of His wisdom to understand, more of His power, more of His holiness, more of His love. We will never fathom Him, and we will never tire of Him. Through all eternity, we will look upon Him and marvel at the endlessly creative, wonderfully gracious, uniquely righteous, timelessly beautiful, unsearchably glorious, infinitely loving Maker and Ruler of all.”

5. Psalm 8:3–4

When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (see whole passage).

At first glance, this verse may appear to dismiss God’s concern for our lives—but with the help of the FSB, we see that is clearly not the case.

Check out what the FSB says about the phrase, “that you think of him”:

“The psalmist marvels that God—the supreme Creator—involves Himself with humanity. Job uses a similar phrase but with a different emphasis. Instead of wondering at God’s care, Job—in the midst of his suffering—wishes God would leave him alone (Job 7:17–21).”

The FSB also discusses the phrase “your fingers”:

“The finger of God symbolizes His power: Pharaoh’s magicians attributed the third plague to the finger of God (Exodus 8:19); the finger of God wrote the Law on stone tablets (Exodus 31:18; Deuteronomy 9:10); in the New Testament, Jesus cast out demons by the finger of God (Luke 11:20).”

When we look at the work of God’s fingers, our lives seem far less significant—and that makes his deep concern for our lives that much more meaningful.

Consider the next verse, in light of the works of “the fingers of God.”

6. Luke 12:7

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, you are of more value than many sparrows. (see whole passage).

Dale C. Allison Jr. says, “Throughout the Scriptures God is held up as one who can count the humanly uncountable: clouds, sand, streams, the length of heaven, stars, etc. Faith does not make clear all mysteries, but it is consoling to believe that a loving God knows the answers.”

In What Jesus Demands from the World, John Piper elaborates on the verse, “In other words, the suffering you may undergo in speaking the truth is not because God is disinterested in you or unfamiliar with your plight. He is close enough to separate one hair from another and give each one a number. Fear not; he is close. He is interested; he cares. Be of good courage, and speak the truth whatever the cost.”

7. Jeremiah 1:5

Before I formed you in the womb I knew you. And before you were born I consecrated you; I have appointed you a prophet to the nations. (see whole passage).

The FSB has a lot to say on this one verse. In the second layer of notes on “before you were born” it remarks:

“The Apostle Paul seems to have applied this aspect of Jeremiah’s ministry to himself in Galatians 1:14–16. Paul’s rationale in doing so appears to be based on Jeremiah’s reputation as a prophet ‘to the nations’ and reflected in his calling ‘from the womb.’ Paul makes an implicit comparison between himself and Jeremiah as a means to legitimize his own qualifications as an apostle to the Gentiles.”

God had a purpose and a plan for Jeremiah before he was even born. But that doesn’t mean Jeremiah knew his purpose—he tried to convince God he had the wrong guy (Jeremiah 1:6).

Don’t be discouraged when you don’t know God’s plan. God knows where you’re going, and he knows what you need to get there (Jeremiah 1:7–9).

8. Deuteronomy 10:17

For the Lord your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and does not take a bribe. (see whole passage).

In Immersion Bible Studies: Deuteronomy, Jack A. Keller says, “The supreme God who is ‘God of all gods’ and ‘Lord of all lords’ has a special interest in the way the community treats its most vulnerable members: widows, orphans, and resident aliens (10:17–19).”

The more we recognize how powerful and mighty God is, the more incredible it is that he cares for us personally.

Keep reading about God’s omniscience in this reflection on Psalm 139.

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Comments

  1. says

    WOW… We serve a God who holds all of creation in His "hand" but cares for us so intimately that He knows our thoughts, motivations, and actions even before we do – even before we were ever created.

  2. James Scott Sherman says

    Thank you for this. Praise the LORD that someone does see more. The book starts out with "In the beginning….." but there is so much more!

  3. says

    God is above all things, beneath all things, outside of all things and inside of all things. God is above, but He’s not pushed up. He’s beneath, but He’s not pressed down. He’s outside, but He’s not excluded. He’s inside, but He’s not confined. God is above all things presiding, beneath all things sustaining, outside of all things embracing and inside of all things filling. That is the immanence of God.

    Tozer, A. W., & Fessenden, D. E. (2003–). The attributes of God: A jouney into the Father’s heart (Vol. 1, p. 22). Camp Hill, PA: WingSpread.

  4. says

    God knows instantly and effortlessly all matter and all matters, all mind and every mind, all spirit and all spirits, all being and every being, all creaturehood and all creatures, every plurality and all pluralities, all law and every law, all relations, all causes, all thoughts, all mysteries, all enigmas, all feeling, all desires, every unuttered secret, all thrones and dominions, all personalities, all things visible and invisible in heaven and in earth, motion, space, time, life, death, good, evil, heaven, and hell.
    Because God knows all things perfectly, He knows no thing better than any other thing, but all things equally well. He never discovers anything, He is never surprised, never amazed. He never wonders about anything nor (except when drawing men out for their own good) does He seek information or ask questions.

    A.W. TOWZER

  5. David Williams Jr says

    Great!Thank you for sharing. I have been enriched and encouraged by these 8 Bible Verses about How Big God Is. Awesome! He is returning Soon for a bride without spot or wrinkle. Wake Up World! Repent for the Kingdom of Heaven Is At Hand!

  6. says

    Big pertains to size. Try Isaiah 66:1 "Heaven is my throne, the Earth is my footstool". While the Bible never states that God of the Bible is omnipresent or omniscient, it certainly states that he is very very BIG compared to our planet. So big in fact that his feet are the size of a continent. This is probably one aspect of his astral form since he actually appeared to Moses, the 70 elders and the entire nation of Israel in bodily form, with Rabbis asserting that he was around 12 feet tall with curly red hair (which is why Adam and Esau resembled "the LORD"). And 12 feet tall is still pretty big!

  7. says

    Indeed, how awesome is our God Almighty, Omnipotent, Omnipresent,Omniscient all in one. And yet, we still hesitate to entrust in His care our lives and let Him work out things for us in His way and in His time. Worse we blame God when things go wrong. Now with the Divine Mercy message Jesus has sent us thru Faustina, by God's grace and by living the message, we can be certain that we will be so blessed as to know where and how we will get to our eternal destination that He has promised. Praise and thank the Lord for His bountiful mercy and unending, unconditional love!

    • says

      He’s for ever doing God, therefore let the bodies of Christ wake up and get the word of God preach to all nations of the earth, so that there will be no excuse that faithful day. I realy encourage for the 8 verse of this bible portions, i bless God for life you’re wonderful +2348037488658

  8. gary says

    Growing up fundamentalist/evangelical, I was told that as a born-again Christian God would “speak to me”, “move me”, and “lead me” so that I would know and could follow his will. I listened to others talk about how God spoke to them, moved them, and led them to do this and to do that…but He never did the same for me. I finally came to the conclusion that there must be something wrong with me because God had decided he didn’t want to talk to me. So I left the Church.

    Many years later I became an orthodox Lutheran and was told that God doesn’t work like that. The evangelicals are wrong. The voice they are listening to is their own. According to “true” Christianity, God speaks to Christians in only one manner: through his Word, the Bible.

    That gave me a lot of peace…until I found out that the “Word” is full of discrepancies, errors, and scribe alterations.

    I was very sad (and angry) to find out—it is ALL nonsense.

    So what about my problem of not hearing the “voice” that other evangelicals were hearing speak, move, and lead them? After deconverting completely from Christianity, I came to realize that it was THEM, not me, that had the problem. They were hearing voices. I was the sane one…who did not.

    • Alan Kelly says

      The Holy spirit speaks to us in lots of different ways. Through his word like you were taught is one way, probably the most common and reliable way. Sometimes its just a thought are an inkling, like go talk to your neighbor, he needs some encouragement or maybe don’t take that road like you usually do, then you find out later there was an accident or something along the road. Occasionally God speaks in an audible voice, at least in your brain with instructions or a challenge for your life.

      It definitely is not nonsense. God loves you will never let you go. The very fact you are in this sight commenting about God says that he’s still working on you.

  9. Jehovah is God says

    The Lord God Jehovah is who we serve and sometimes thats all we need to know. And we serve Jehovah perfectly and we love Jehovah with all are hearts, soul and mind.

  10. frances Okojie says

    There’s non like him. He’s all and all, wonderful, magnificent. Awesome. I love him so much. He’s my everything. All the earth should praise him.give a shout unto the lord

  11. says

    what a great New Cleasing of limitational Demensions that even Great Leaders have been bond in….. God losed a spirt of HOw Long will I think like this when will I bring it all together My mind can only operate under the power that the Master created it to operate I ve recived that Word now I must let "it" do its perfect WORK. IN ME IN CHRIST JESUS……. THANK YOU HE IS GREAT… NO BIGGER WORD THAN GREAT IS OUR GOD AND HIS WORKS

  12. says

    Such a great article to read. I find it beautiful that God is as close to us from one hair on our heads to the next hair all being numbered. He is far close to each of us. "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

  13. says

    I always say God is God,no man can compares himself like Him,indeed thoughts are greater than our understanding,what He has planned for us nobody knows,He is just awesom,He is not partial but Omnipotent,Omnipresent and Omnscient,Glory is to Him alone.Amen.

  14. Rhonda says

    Hello, I’m trying to understand these readings, but I just dont, it’s very
    depressing and I get away from even trying to read scriptures, For example,I just read
    my first advent for hope scripture and it says get rid of the woman and her
    child born into slavery? How is that good, we’re going to get rid of a
    child and it’s mother just because they were born on the wrong side of the
    tracks? I’m in desperate need of hope and believing, but it’s hard when I
    don’t even understand what the scriptures are trying to tell me. I try asking, but everyone has different interpretations, who is right? What if I listen to the wrong person….

    • Ryan Nelson says

      Hi Rhonda. I’m glad to hear that you’re wrestling with Scripture, and that you’re questioning what you’re reading/hearing. That is a completely healthy practice.

      Are you referring to Galatians 4:30? It’s certainly a strange verse—especially when you read it without context. This whole chapter is talking about inheritance. Paul talks about how inheritances work and uses a historical example of a complicated (and weird) family dynamic to talk about our inheritance as Christians.

      The woman and her child born into slavery were Hagar and Ishmael. They were humiliating Abraham’s son Isaac who was born to his barren wife through a promise from God, and his wife said “Get rid of them,” when she saw them making fun of Isaac (and it’s possible, maybe even likely, that they were making fun of him because of the fact that he was born through a spiritual promise, unlike Ishmael, who was born out of permitted infidelity).

      There’s a LOT going on in this passage, and I can’t get into all of it in a comment, but here are some things to consider: 1st century Christians and ancient Jews were not living in a “morally superior society.” There are all kinds of messed up people in the Bible, and even the “heroes” of the Bible have flaws. Just because something is in there doesn’t mean the Bible is saying “this is what’s right.”

      This verse is not by any means prescriptive: it’s not telling you how to treat slaves, or their kids. Paul is quoting a woman who was talking to her husband about two particular slaves. To the people Paul was talking to, this was a familiar passage, and it added context to his metaphor about inheritances. He didn’t bring it up to remind everyone how they should treat other people. That would hardly align with what Jesus says are the greatest commandments in Matthew 22:38–40.

      As a reader, that feeling that makes you squirm when something looks immoral is okay. You should use that feeling to lead you towards a new understanding.

      When you don’t know where to turn, there’s an endless pool of resources for you to draw from. People have been interpreting Scripture for over 2,000 years! That can be daunting, but it should also be encouraging—the questions you’re asking have been asked before. There are answers. The internet CAN be a great place to find those answers (but obviously you can’t trust everything you read), and so is your pastor. If you’re serious about finding answers, talk to pastors, and read the work of Bible scholars.

      It can be hard to know what interpretations to trust and who to turn to, but there ARE right and wrong interpretations, and even within the “right” ones, there are some that are better than others. This is based on how it fits with the rest of Scripture (and that’s one of the best ways for YOU to test what you think something means—test it against the rest of Scripture). The more you know about the Bible and God, the better you’ll become at interpreting those verses that set off those red flags, and finding resources you can trust.

      I read through Galatians 4 using the Faithlife Study Bible, and while I’d hardly say “I totally get it now”, the study notes were extremely helpful. You can get the FSB for free here: http://bible.faithlife.com/books/esv/Ga4.1-7

      James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him.”

      Don’t be afraid of your questions. Keep asking them, and you will find answers. Keep getting to know who God is, and you’ll have just as many questions, but you might be able to answer some of them on your own, too.

      I truly hope this helps.

  15. says

    Probably well to remember that the GOD Head does NOT reside in His Creation (somewhere in Space)..rather the entirety of Creation (and Space) resides in Him…and FROM His Holy Spirit the physical Universe exists….

    …that at least 40 billion light years diameter of this known universe functions only as a mathematical point density function in Him…

    …that the ratio of INFINITE (Lord Jesus Christ)/ fnite = INFINITE…

    …that together…Father…Son and Their Holy Spirit….DEFINES INFINITY…

    God does not live somewhere in the Universe…the Universe resides IN HIM… as an exceedingly small point…

    …and…incidentally…HIs Love and Patience and Mercy and Judgement…ALL…are scaled in this metric of His infinite Person.

  16. says

    Immortal, invisible, God only wise,
    In light inaccessible hid from our eyes,
    Most blessèd, most glorious, the Ancient of Days,
    Almighty, victorious, Thy great Name we praise.

    Unresting, unhasting, and silent as light,
    Nor wanting, nor wasting, Thou rulest in might;
    Thy justice, like mountains, high soaring above
    Thy clouds, which are fountains of goodness and love.

  17. says

    This entire chapter of Isaiah 62 is speaking about the Lord’s return. He tells us that He will possess (marry) New Jerusalem and those who are included in the Lamb’s book of Life will reign with Him forever. This chapter, along with Hebrews 11 proves that the Promised Land is not in the Middle East as Jews and Dispensationalists claim, New Jerusalem is Beulah, which will be possessed (married) by Jesus.

    1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burneth.
    2 And the Gentiles shall see thy righteousness, and all kings thy glory: and thou shalt be called by a new name, which the mouth of the Lord shall name.
    3 Thou shalt also be a crown of glory in the hand of the Lord, and a royal diadem in the hand of thy God.
    4 Thou shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzi–bah, and thy land Beulah: for the Lord delighteth in thee, and thy land shall be married.
    5 For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee.
    6 I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of the Lord, keep not silence,’>
    7 And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
    8 The Lord hath sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give thy corn to be meat for thine enemies; and the sons of the stranger shall not drink thy wine, for the which thou hast laboured:
    9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it, and praise the Lord; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
    10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare ye the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.
    11 Behold, the Lord hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of Zion, Behold, thy salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
    12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

  18. Cyrus Hervon Henry says

    God’s limitless power and love is wrapped around with mercy, justice and eternal goodness that man cannot fathom. Too much of Him is still a mystery to human intelligence therefore we must just marvel and remain confounded by his majestic greatness forever.

  19. Cyrus Hervon Henry says

    What can I say concerning the creator God that has not already been said? Are there words enough under the heavens to describe His true nature? Although he has through his word revealed somethings that we can comprehend it is too marvelous for human language to express adequately. I a nutshell God is God.

  20. says

    The earth is not a ball, come on. Where are the corners, where are the edges, ehere are the end of it, where are the pillars and WHERE is the earth's foundation on that globe earth?? Why are you not looking into this matter??? In the current version of the universe, we as humans are MEANINGLESS, there are no heavens.. only infinite void. If the bible says that the sun HAS a path, why are you beliving that the sun is fixed, and we are the ones moving, and spinning, ?? I beg you just look into this :)

  21. says

    Robert Anghel wrote, "In the current version of the universe, we as humans are MEANINGLESS, there are no heavens.. only infinite void." Yes, this is the atheistic version of the univese, a sad universe. God has created us with meaning and purpose. What is the meaning, as put in the WESTMINISTER SHORTER CATECHISM Q.1 Man's chief end is to glorify God, and to enjoy him for ever. This gives a total meaning to all we do in this life and reason to live everyday.

    Robert's lack of understanding of the word "heavens" is clear. This would depend on the context and how the word is being used. You can find a useful definition here: http://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/heaven/

    As for "infinite void," this would require proof from astronomy to be believeable. Where is the scientific proof that has been validated by any astrophysicist? Seems even Robert Jastrow would disagree with Robert on this. Is the univese infinite? How can that be proven or disproven? DOES IT REALLY MATTER when what really matters is the condition of our soul, our standing before a Holy God. Trying to fathom infinity is like trying to open a coconut with a tweezer.

    But he ends his posts with a plea; "I beg you just look into this." Look into what, his athesitic belief. We already did Robert and it fails the test of anything remotely worthy of our life.

    If Robert deems his life as meaningless, then so be it. But as for those of us that have given our lives to Christ, we hold to the belief and that backed by revelation, exerience and observation [empirical evidence] that we have meaning and purpose and this is found in our relationship to Christ. Atheism offers nothing, is nothing, and is built upon nothing. Sorry, I prefer to seek the One who gave me the very breath I breathe everyday, and gave me a reason that transcends beyond anything I could have ever imagined. And yet, the best is still to come!!!

  22. says

    Mark C. See The best way to look into this is visiting this site testingtheglobe.com. From here the search for truth beggins. And belive me, it will be quite the adventure. The guy who made that site is Rob Skiba, wich I think is a man of God. But don't belive me, see for yourself :)

  23. says

    ..He who creates the eyes will He not see?He who creates the ear will He not hear?It's simple the authorities installed the cameras and send me a ticket for a traffic violation without being there….so God is omnipresent…without doubt and see all we do even in secret…we must fear him…we must confess and repent from all sins…He will help us to live holy…Jn 1:12,in a traumatised world without having to further struggle…

  24. says

    Robert Anghel I agree. The ends of the earth is in the Bible 50 times though. The earth does not spin either. That is in the Bible:

    1 Chronicles 16:30: "He has fixed the earth firm, immovable."

    Psalm 93:1: "Thou hast fixed the earth immovable and firm …"

    Psalm 96:10: "He has fixed the earth firm, immovable …"

    Psalm 104:5: "Thou didst fix the earth on its foundation so that it never can be shaken."

    1 Chronicles 16:30: Fear before him, all the earth: the world also shall be stable, that it be not moved.

  25. says

    Robert Anghel -Hi brother Robert anghel, This is Jason from the philippines. I would like to share to you this verse in the bible Isaiah 40:22. This verse says about that GOD created heaven and earth.

    Isaiah 40: 22 God sits above the circle of the earth.

    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!

    He spreads out the heavens like a curtain

    and makes his tent from them.

  26. says

    Jason Riconalla Yes, this and one more verse seem to indicate that the earth is round, but more than a hundred describe the flat earth. Look, a circle and a sphere are two different things. Look at the azimuth map of the earth.. On that map we can talk about a real circle of the earth. :)

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