Ephesians Devotions – part 2
I have been almost overwhelmed by the thought of God’s greatness. The greatness of creation is the focus of this post. I did some fact checking on just three aspects of the creation.
First is about the enormity of creation. Our own galaxy, the Milky Way, has at least 100 billion stars in it. That number is just too big to comprehend. So I asked how long it would take to count to 100 billion. If we started counting one number at a time it would take 3,100 years of continual counting to reach this number! And our galaxy is only one of millions upon millions of galaxies! With a creation that enormous, it’s not a big stretch to believe in heaven and a new earth.
Here’s just one way to think about the intricacies of the microscopic creation. One of the smallest bits of creation we are all familiar with is sand. One grain of sand has 27 million atoms with 36 quarks each or 972 million quarks! And there is probably something smaller than quarks that we just don’t know about yet.
The third way I looked at creation is human life. More than 107 billion people have lived on earth! 7 billion are living today with 220,000 more added every day or 20 million added each year. Yet everyone of those people live within very tiny margins. Generally, humans can only survive 3 minutes without air, 3 days without water, 3 weeks without food. (I know there are exceptions, but they are rare!) At the same time, people can live in the tropics and deserts and also in tundra and arctic. Our bodies can adjust to some very harsh conditions. We are fearfully and wonderfully made!
Our God is an awesome God and He created a universe huge AND microscopic that is more than our minds can contain! What a mighty God we serve! I love the song the Nigerians sing to those words!
The flip-side of all this is that our God knows and cares for each person living and who has lived on earth and ever will live on earth. What a loving God has us!
He knew us before He created the world. He knew we could never be good enough to be in His presence. Yet, He wanted our love. He planned before creation how He would make that possible. He didn’t want us to have to wait for heaven to see Him and love Him. He made Himself known in the person of Jesus. And now He makes Himself known to us personally by the Holy Spirit.
Enjoy Him today. Thank Him and spend time in His presence. Listen for His encouragement, direction, and wisdom. To get ever closer to this Amazing God is the goal of my life.
How about you?