Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket; they are regarded as dust on the scales; he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
When I have days of doubt and confusion, it usually stems from having trouble comprehending the vastness of God. This tiny, simple, tangled human brain gets trapped in the constant struggle of human existence and halts at the capacity of man. I continually find myself making the mistake of assigning human qualities to God.
God cannot possibly know and love 7 billion people on this Earth, plus the countless who have come before and will come after. There are so many of us, how could He?
He cannot possibly listen to their prayers and keep track of the hairs on their heads.
And as for little insignificant me, God must get annoyed of me and tune me out. He must have lost track of my future and my purpose. He must get too busy to hear me when I call out to Him.
Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.
It is so difficult to understand that God works on a level so incomprehensible to us. I just can’t wrap my brain around Him, and some days that is hard to accept. I think this difficulty to completely understand the fullness of God is something that keeps a lot of people from pursuing a relationship with Him. In our culture, we have become our own gods and we have our own opinions on how things should work. Many people insist that God should end all suffering and eliminate all evil. They define a “good” God by what they see fit. They see themselves as a better moral agent than God. They refuse to imagine that there could be a bigger picture and a grander plan outside of what we can comprehend and what we can see. They place their own rules and standards on God and believe that if He doesn’t adhere to them, then He’s worthless.
They think, well, why doesn’t God come and show Himself to us? Why can’t He just make me believe? Can’t He just appear to me and get it over with? Why does He operate with all these rules and covenants?
But when I really think about it, I realize that I want my God to be working at a pace that I can’t keep up with. I want my God to be so beautiful and majestic and holy that if He just came down and showed Himself in all His pure glory, I would collapse at the sight. A God so bright, amazing, and perfect that seeing Him face to face in this current human state would take away the ability for me to choose to seek Him and choose to love Him by my own will. To choose to deny the things of this world and run into His arms.
“Woe to him who quarrels with his Maker, to him who is but a potsherd among the potsherds on the ground. Does the clay say to the potter, ‘What are you making?’ Does your work say, ‘He has no hands’?
Do you have an arm like God’s, and can your voice thunder like his?
A couple weeks ago, Apologetics speaker Frank Turek was on our college campus to give his “I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist” presentation. It was amazing, and most of all it was awesome to have a guy with such a great ministry on our little rinky-dinky city campus.
But the thing that really woke me up, and always does, was the part of Frank’s presentation about our HUGE universe. And I am always floored by just how beautiful and awe-inspiring this world is, and everything beyond it. The way our Earth, moon, sun, planets and stars in our solar system are giants from our perspective but they are all specks when they are compared to the other galaxies that are lightyears away. It’s insane and so beautiful! Talk about humbling.
I’m giving my life to the only One who makes the moon reflect the sun,
every starry night, that was His design…
These are the things that remind me just how powerful and majestic our God is. He doesn’t operate on this limited, pained, struggling, unknowing level we operate on. We can’t even understand the heights of His power and glory, though we try to analyze Him. He knew we’d rack our brains over Him, and this is why He tells us to Be still, and know that I am God. He tells us to just quiet our minds, go into our room alone, and just know that He is who He says He is. I take such comfort in the Almighty I Am. There’s no other peace, freedom, and contentment than knowing that a sovereign, good, loving God exists above and beyond our sin, strife, wars, and suffering. He knows us inside and out, He knows our thoughts before we think them, He’s got the world in His hands. We’re lost without Him.
The heavens are yours, and yours also the earth; you founded the world and all that is in it.
When I consider your heavens,
the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
the son of man that you care for him?
Psalm 8: 3-4
He is THE Creator, the Designer, He is glorious. HE IS MIGHTY! I know I constantly lose sight of this. The way my brain functions, most of the time I am at the center of my universe and my prayers reflect that. But when I take a step back and just look at how incredible His creation is, I am at a loss for words.
And this is yet another reason why Jesus is such a perfect gift. He is our access to God, a bridge to the Creator, the path to the way things ought to be, and the true manifestation of His love for us. Frank Turek gave a really cool illustration about a King and a Peasant to describe God’s love for us and why He sent His Son:
A mighty king loved a peasant so much but he couldn’t approach her from his current high position; he was royalty and she was part of the lowest class. He would surely scare her away with his glory, riches, and fame. So he did the only thing he could do to truly love her, he made himself a poor peasant man and met her at her level so that their love could be true and real. A bond-servant in the name of love.
It’s such a beautiful story, I’m face to face with the King of Glory.
You rescued someone unworthy, I know this is love.
There are just no words to adequately describe how glorious our God is. And the fact that He loves us, His creation, is unbelievable!
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Here’s Francis Chan with The Awe Factor of Creation:
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name,
You are amazing God!
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim,
You are amazing God!