What’s under your magnifying glass? What is a big deal to you? In the older yet familiar language of the King James Version, the expectant Mary called out: “My soul doth magnify the Lord!” That’s why we call it the “Magnificat.” To “magnify” is to make large, to extol as great, to praise and glorify.
Puny little creatures like you and me cannot make God any bigger or greater than He already is.
But by a God-given faith in Christ and His word we are given to catch sight of His greatness and grace and hold up the magnifying glass of the gospel before others too.
Years ago a British writer named J.B. Philips wrote a book entitled Your God Is Too Small. He pointed out that the god which many people have created in their own image or in their own minds is an unreal, inadequate god – a resident policeman to their conscience, a grand old man who chuckles at sin, a managing director who is coldly aloof from the details of their life, a pale Galilean who is little more than a nanny for children. That sort of god is too inadequate, he argued, too small.
Anyone who senses a real need of a real God would agree. As Christians, you and I are graced to know an infinitely more adequate God, an awesomely great God who is more than a match for sin, death and hell, the one, true, triune God who is enough to defuse our darkest fears and fulfill our brightest hopes, whose grace is greater than our guilt, whose resurrection is stronger than death.
The law with its demands of perfection and threats of punishment magnifies what Paul called the exceeding sinfulness of sin. Where shall we flee for refuge when conscience comes to call, when Satan, the accuser, magnifies our guilt and fear all the more?
Praise God for the gospel, the good news which places Jesus under a magnifying glass in our heart! Where Christ Jesus, the sinless and sin-bearing Savior is painted large on the canvass of our hearts.
What’s under your magnifying glass? All things earthly and few things eternal? If this is how things are, then we have bequeathed to our kids a god who is too small. Then it is time to say, “I was glad when they said unto me, ‘Let us go into the house of the Lord.’ ” Then it is time to dust off our Bible, Hymnal and Catechism, place them next to that favorite chair, to quench our own deeper thirst and that of our children with the living water, to magnify for them the God who is big enough and adequate enough to get them through this wilderness to their home above. It is time for Christ to be magnified in our lives, to have the starring role. How big is your God?