I have a niece, who when she was very little, was fascinated by the ocean. So, her parents got her books about the ocean, books that little children could understand. Those books told her about how big and how deep and how blue the ocean was, and all the creatures that lived in and around it.
Then one day, her parents took their little girl to see the ocean. They lived only 30 or so minutes away. As far as little kids went, my niece (I’ll call her Maggie) was an ocean expert. Her parents had read to her from all kinds of kid-friendly, ocean-themed books. Maggie was a kid oceanographer. But despite her vast expertise, when she beheld the ocean for the first time with her own eyes, which became as big as saucers at the sight of the vast blue waters, all she could say was, “It’s so big!” The size, the sights, the sounds and the smells of the ocean blew her little oceanographer mind, and rightly so. The ocean is a HUGE place!
Yet, for as big as the ocean is, it pales in comparison to the vastness of God’s grace to His people. The oceans have a depth; they have a width; they have a length. The oceans for all their grandeur are finite. God can hold “the waters in the hollow of His hands” (Isaiah 40:12). His grace, on the other hand, is so vast that His Word describes it as “unsearchable,” meaning unfathomable, and He shares that grace with us His children.
In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace; (Ephesians 1:7)
That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus. (Ephesians 2:7)
Unto me, who am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given, that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ; (Ephesians 3:8)
God is rich in grace and generous with His riches. With His grace, He forgave our sins and as deep a debt as that is, He still has plenty left over. God has exceeding riches of grace that He cannot seem to give to His children fast enough! We think we have His grace now. When we get to heaven, there will be more still and it will take all of eternity for Him to bestow it upon us. And I don’t mean that just corporately. We each as individuals will have an eternity-sized portion of God’s grace allotted to us. It’s why Paul could say:
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. (Romans 8:18)
Why? Because God’s grace toward us is bigger than the oceans!