God's Power and you and me.
Many years ago while on an army exercise, we lay on the top of a hill staring up into the night sky. We watched the early sputniks fly across the sky followed by the odd meteorite. Millions of stars flickered and slowly moved across the sky, what a sight it was to see. As the years went by I came to believe in the one who put every star in place and named each of them [Psalm 8:3] and the wonder of what I saw that night, on that hill, has stayed with me throughout my life.
Now we have the Internet and so much more of this far universe is being revealed to us. The more I look at these pictures the more I see the hand of God and His mighty power. Some say all this came from nothing and exploded into existence and if you dare say otherwise you are labeled as some sort of nut. However there is only one that I know of who can create something from nothing and that is the Creator Himself. [Genesis 1:2] The one who took nothing and exploded it into the magnificent night sky we have before us. The one who created the plants and the animals, the one who created different ways for the plants to be protected from the attacks of insects. He is the one who put in each animal an instinct of survival and the one who designed and placed every feather in just the right place and designed the bones in such a way that the birds can soar above the ground or fly thousands of miles to nest. [Job 38:1-38]
God the creator is the one who gave us such a beautiful world, with flowers of varying colours and scents, creating such beautiful scenes for us to enjoy. It was He who gave us the rivers and the lakes and trees and the mountains that we can stand in awe of. This is the same God who created you and me. As I watch the documentaries on the universe there is something that reminds me of the awesomeness of God. [Deuteronomy 7:21]
I watched as they showed the size of earth in relation to our sun, just a tiny speck on the surface of the sun. Then it showed our sun in relation to the different suns they have discovered way off in outer space. Our sun dwarfs in comparison to the biggest they have found. VY Canis Majoris is the biggest type of star known as a red hyper giant. It is 4,892 light years from Earth and has a circumference of 5.46billion miles - around 2,000 times that of our own sun. Our sun is but a mere speck against the surface of this giant. So we can only imagine how small earth must be in comparison, we would probably require a microscope to see it as we do for looking for the smallest life on this planet.
You may be wondering where I am going with this? Well, stop for a moment and remember, on this planet that has no significance when it comes to the massive universe before us, there are people made in the image of God living on that little speak in the cosmos. They have found thousands of planets throughout space and many of them they have claimed could support life. But one by one they have been declared too hot or too cold or not the right atmosphere. There has only been one found to be in the right place according to the heat of the sun, rotated at the right speed and not be too hot or too cold and with the right atmosphere and that of course is earth, our own little planet placed where it is to support life.
If we could take all this in, I am sure there is no one who really can, [Deuteronomy 29:29] but if we could we should stop for a moment and think about the One who placed us here on this little microscopic speck in space and ask why? He did not have to create us, He did not have to give us such a beautiful place to live, but He did. He gave us all we have so the question has to be asked, what have we done for the One who said, let us make mankind in our image? [Genesis 1:27] He created the heavens and the earth and stars that are almost bigger than we can understand and yet here we are and why? Well I suppose we will have to ask the Lord on that day when we see Him for the answer to that one. But there is a clue in the Catholic Catechism where it says: God made us to know Him, to love Him and to serve Him.
But what have we done with all He has given us? We have fallen short of the glory of God, [Romans 3:23] we have gone our own way [Isaiah 53:6] and worshipped the creation and ignored the creator. [Romans 1:22] We have run after things that are not gods and put our trust in them and sought silver and gold instead of the treasures of heaven. [Like 12:33] We look into the night sky and see stars by the thousands and give no thought to the One who placed them there. He has given us food to eat and water to drink, but we still put our trust in man instead of the One who created them. [Isaiah 2:22] We, who are not even a speck on the surface of the universe yet God loves each and every one of us and knows every person who has lived by name. [Matthew 10:30-31] He knows our troubles and our woes, our ups and our downs. The biggest star may be bigger than the orbit of our planetary system but there is one thing I do know out of all of this, God is even bigger. [2 Chronicles 2:5] The power coming out of all of the suns of the universe put together is surely a mighty force and yet this force is nothing compared to the mighty power of the God who just spoke and created it all. [Hebrews 1:3] The first Russian cosmonaut was asked if he saw God while he was in space. His answer was no, but he did not know what to look for. My answer would have been yes, because I saw all the evidence of His existence as I gazed on this little blue planet floating in such a sea of darkness.
God’s power was behind sending His Son to earth to save the likes of you and me. Through this power, the power that created the universe stands the One who raised Yeshua from the dead after He died in our place. We, who are no bigger than a grain of sand on the beach in the greater scheme of things and yet are loved beyond measure by God. Not just loved but adored, to the point that He would do anything to see us in His kingdom on the last day. [Hebrews 10:20]
We are guilty and we have gone astray, we have turned our backs on the Almighty One and yet He continues to cry out, “Come to me all who are heavy laden”. [Matthew 11:28] He stands at the door and knocks, [Revelation 3:20] as He does not want to see anybody lost. [Ezekiel 33:11] He created a new and living way for us to be able to enter into His Kingdom. Next time you are looking up into the night sky and stand in awe of its vastness, stop for a moment and remember just how small you are in all of this. But then remember God does not see us through the eyes of the world, He see us as His children brought near by adoption as we confessed Yeshua as Lord and saviour of our lives. [John 1:12] So in the end we may stand as sinners before the Great White throne [Revelation 20:11-15] but we will stand there as sinners redeemed by the Blood of the Lamb. [1 Peter 1:17-21] All taken from this very little planet that floats in a massive and mighty universe that is all held together by Yeshua our Saviour.
He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:15-17