Some people say that they cannot believe that if there is a God, he would take interest in such a tiny speck of reality called humanity on Planer Earth. The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes make utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved with us?
Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy-namely, that he is indefinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God. The disproportion between us an the universe is a parable about the disproportion between us and God. And it is an understatement. But the point is not to nullify us but to glorify him.
Taken from Don’t Waste Your Life, by John Piper, p. 33.
I struggle with what John Piper wrote above. I struggle with myself. I forget the beauty of the world which God created. How many times, lately, have you been caught off guard by something beautiful or that took your breath away that was not man-made?
I think God knew we would get to where we are now; desensitized to our surroundings and lost in the instant gratification of things. It’s all about the shocking things like the Lady Gagas and the heros like the pilot who saved dozens of lives when he crashed into the harbor. We search for these things that fulfill the numbness or give us something to rally behind for hope and meaning.
Maybe the problem is we forget to look up. I mean that literally and in a spiritual sense. Have you ever thought about our universe and its vastness? If you are like most people you tend to not dwell on it because our universe is so unfathomable much like our Creator.
There are things that cannot be explained and cannot be avoided. God and our universe are two of those things. Look up and stand in awe and just try . . . try to begin to imagine how BIG our universe is and how BIG the God who created it is.
We make much of ourselves when there is so much more than us. If I could only move past my self.
The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. – Psalm 19:1 (NIV)
The lord is exalted over all the nations, his glory above the heavens. – Psalm 113:4 (NIV)
Who can hide in secret places so that I cannot see them?” declares the lord. “Do not I fill heaven and earth?” declares the lord. – Jeremiah 23:24 (NIV)
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. – Genesis 1:1 (NIV)
For all the gods of the nations are idols, but the lord made the heavens. – 1 Chronicles 16:26 (NIV)