“Our Father, which art in heaven.” He is not only IN heaven: He is greater than heaven, higher than the heavens, above all the heavens. He not only inhabits heaven, but is everywhere else as well. Heaven and earth cannot contain Him; He is the Creator of the universe, the stars and galaxies, the immense expanse of space. Heaven is His throne (Ps. 103:19), and it is there that we must direct our prayer to Him. We do so in recognition of Who He is.
A couple of weeks ago, I heard a young man preach from Psalm 113. He pointed out that God is high above all nations, and above the heavens. There is nothing or no one higher than He. He is above His creation, He is above the arrogance of man, He is above the power of Satan.
And yet. . . .He humbles Himself to look at things that are in heaven, and in the earth. He raises the poor from the dust, and lifts the needy out of the garbage heap to set them with princes. He takes care of the barren woman and makes her the joyful mother of children!
He is above the heavens. Why, then, are we consumed with worry? Why do we not understand that it is His world, His universe, His heaven; that His power is greater than anything or anyone, and the ultimate victory is His?
Sometimes, working with a fearful, anxious client, I will play the “what’s the worst thing that could happen” game.
“What’s the worst thing that could happen if the thing you’re worried about comes to pass?”
“Well, I could get really sick. I might have to go to the hospital.”
“And what’s the worst thing that could happen if you go to the hospital?”
“Well, they may not be able to cure me, and I could die!”
“Are you a born-again believer?”
“What’s the worst thing that will happen when you die?”
“Uh, well, I, uh–would go to, um, heaven. . . . .”
See? God’s got this. He’s got it. Really.