“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span…?”Isaiah 40:12
I heard something on the radio this morning that made me think about the greatness of God. The speaker said the universe is 46 billion light years, that God measured it by his hand, and that should give us a glimpse of how big our God is. When people give numbers like that, I have to check it out. Here’s what I found:
“In 2013, the European Space Agency’s Planck space mission revealed that the universe is 13.8 billion years old…This means scientists can look at a region of space that lies 13.8 billion light-years away…and in every direction.”Space.com Red, 2017
Scientists are able to observe a sphere of the universe that is 46.5 billion light years in diameter, but that is only what is observable with our technology. The universe is so much bigger than that. In fact, scientists figure the universe is 93 billion light-years in diameter. And who really knows if that’s completely accurate. It could be even bigger than that.
When we consider that God marked off the the heavens (as in, “You start here and end here”) with the span of his hand, it makes Him even more unfathomable than we pictured in our tiny minds. How great is our God!
Think about it this way: one light-year is (measured in distance of miles) 6 trillion miles. To go the 13.8 billion light-years to get to the oldest light the Planck mission found would take 1.2 billion hours or 137 thousand of our years. And that’s (only) 13.8 billion light-years. Our universe is figured to be 93 billion light-years in diameter. How great is our God!
Now think about this: Our big God IS in the creation of the universe, He IS in every moment of our lives AND our great-great-great-great-great-times-infinity grandparents’ lives, and IS in the end of days, all at the same time.
He is the great I AM. The God who laid the foundations of the heavens by the span of His hand is with us in every moment. I AM is (still) there in our worst pain of the past, (is already) in the greatest disappointment of our future, the most wonderful minute of our existence, and is now, and now, and now, and now (times infinity) with every soul every second of every day.
He is more than able to redeem all things, answer every prayer of every human, heal every disease, and save every person who calls on Him in every circumstance without having to go back in time or forward to the future. He IS already…in Christ – God With Us.
I say all that to say this: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” If we truly understood the eternity-reaching, timeless, ageless, and never-diminishing power and love of our God, we would never fear any diagnosis, any suffering, any circumstance. If we knew the true greatness and glory of our God, we would never cease to praise Him and would never consider that we could do anything apart from Him.
Someday we will see Him in every instance of our lives. Every time we’ve asked, “Lord where are You,” or, “Where were You,” will be explained. One day, His existence and presence in every moment will be revealed. Every transgression and iniquity will be revealed in His piercing and crushing, every moment of peace we had/have in life will be revealed in each punishment He received, and each sickness and pain will be revealed in each stripe He took for our healing.
At that moment of revealing we will have nothing but to bow before Him in the revelation of His Omnipresence, Omniscience, Omnipotence, and unending, sacrificial love for us.
Prayer: Oh God, help me to know truly how great You are. Teach me that You are I AM. In every situation I come across, every suffering and every joy, remind me that You have been there, are there, and will be there at the same time as You are in my past and in my future. May my heart be open to the revelation of You and may I know with all the saints what is the height, depth, width, and breadth of Your love. Thank You for that incredible love for me and Your death on the cross for me in that love. May I never lose the wonder of who You are. I love You and praise You! In Jesus’ name, Amen.