December 9th Advent Devotional


Katy Stenta

Isaiah 40:12-31

Who really knows who God is?

Isaiah follows up his words of comfort, by pointing out that we can never really conceive of God. How miniscule—from the Latin minus meaning less.

We are less than God. We could not create the heavens or have God’s knowledge or God’s justice.

Rest in our miniscule-ness. Look at the heavens and go ahead and feel small.

Have you not known? Have you not heard? If you haven’t, it’s understandable, for we are but grasshoppers living within the mighty tent of God.

But it’s ok, remember those who think they have power are nothing compared to God, princes and rulers of the earth are no more than footnotes in God’s story, and love continues to prove to be the ultimate power.

God is keeping track. We try to keep track. Yet we are only humans, we misremember names, we call our children by calling them each other’s names.

But God does not lose track, God knows the name of every living being, from grasshopper to angel. Imagine this God is so great in strength and power, that not one is missing. We can rest and be raised up on God’s eagle wings when we are too weary to do it all, or even remember it all.

God does not minus us, but instead adds us all together. God plus us. Maybe that’s why God was conceived once, in a woman named Mary.

Take time to look at the starts tonight and conceive how inconceivable God is.


Katy Stenta is the solo pastor New Covenant—a church who is bigger on the inside—Presbyterian.

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