2 Chronicles 2:5
“And the house which I build is great: for great is our God above all gods.”
Before Solomon began the great project of building the temple, he secured help from Huram king of Tyre to help in supplying the lumber for this venture. He explained his desire to “…build an house to the name of the LORD my God, to dedicate it to him, and to burn before him sweet incense, and for the continual shewbread, and for the burnt offerings morning and evening, on the sabbaths, and on the new moons, and on the solemn feasts of the LORD our God…” In this request to Huram, Solomon said that the house should be great because “great is our God above all gods.” I love that Solomon was not ashamed to get the heathen involved in building this house. He believed in his God in such a manner that he was not ashamed to tell of His greatness. Several things Solomon explained about the greatness of God.
First, our God is above all gods. He didn’t say that our God is equal with all gods or that He is one of the gods, but he said that God is above all gods. One reason our God is above all gods is because He was before all gods. Our God didn’t come into existence, but He has always existed. Our God didn’t become a god, but He has always been God. Christian, you are not serving an inferior God. It is our God Who created this world. It is our God Who gave life. It is our God Who made the oceans, lakes, rivers and streams. It is our God Who hung the sun, moon and stars in their place. It is our God Who hung the Earth in its orbit and made form out of void. No other god can make this claim. You have nothing to be ashamed of about your God because He is above all gods.
Second, our God is omnipresent. Solomon understood that the temple he was building could not contain Him because He is everywhere. No matter where you go, our God is there. When you feel that you are alone, you are not alone because our God is there. My friend, one of the great things about our God is that no matter where you go, you can always be assured that God is there and that He was there before you arrived.
Third, our God is of great mercy. Solomon said about God in 2 Chronicles 1:8, “Thou hast shewed great mercy unto David my father…” Aren’t you thankful that God is of great mercy? As sinful as we are, we serve a God Who is not of little mercy, but great mercy. In other words, we may mess up time after time, but God is such a merciful God that He will forgive us every time if we simply confess our sin to Him. Certainly, our God will judge sin, but He is also willing to show great mercy to every one of His children.
Fourth, our God is of great accessibility. 2 Chronicles 1:7 says, “In that night did God appear unto Solomon…” It is amazing to me that as great as God is, He is not too big to visit us in our lowly estate. It reminds me of what the psalmist said in Psalm 8:4, “What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” My friend, you don’t have a God Who is inaccessible, but you have a God Who is willing to come to you at any time. Our God is so great that He has made Himself touchable to anyone who will come to Him in prayer. The accessibility of our God is limitless; if you are willing to talk to Him, He is willing to listen. What a great reminder that our God IS a great God!