When I consider the moon
and the stars..what is man
that You are mindful of him?
The Immensity Of God’s Love
How big is the universe? If you ask an astronomer he’ll tell you that the universe contains trillions of stars, and that the most distant galaxies are billions of light-years away. Not just thousands or millions or even billions of stars, but trillion of them spread out across the vast expanse of space!
Some people might even conclude that it is impossible to believe the Bible, for the earth and humans seems so utterly insignificant. But these mind boggling dimensions need not shake our faith. Instead, they can increase our awe as we ponder the message of divine grace. In Psalm 8 for example, the author marvels at God’s creation and mankind’s smallness, then breaks out in praise for God’s greatness and care for us.
To think that the Creator who made and upholds all this immensity has focused His redemptive love on tiny creatures like us, and sinful creatures at that. He cherished us individually as if each one were the sole object of His fatherly attention. It’s amazing, as Paul testified, that Christ “loved me and gave Himself for me” (Gal. 2:20). We require God’s grace given through God the Father’s gift of His only begotten Son, who died in our stead and paid sin’s penalty on our behalf (John 3:16; Romans 3:24-25), and we must respond to God’s grace with faith and repentance (Romans 5:1-2; Acts 3:19). We do not do this perfectly, but our faithfulness and our obedience to God’s law is not a matter of our earning salvation, it is instead, the result of Christ living in us (Romans 5:10) and of His faith working through us (Galatians 2:16).
Paul said in Acts 20:24 “However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
As we run this race let us do it as God’s coworkers, with integrity and godly sincerity, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s grace.
How about you? Do you know how awesome our God is? Do you have the respect, reverence, and godly fear to our heavenly Father?
“Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need“. (Hebrews 4:16)
Remember what God told Paul as he ask for the thorn in his side to be departed in 2 Corinthians 12:9: And he said unto me, “My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness.” Paul replied “Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”
“Therefore, with minds that are alert and fully sober, set your hope on the grace to be brought to you when Jesus Christ is revealed at his coming.” 1 Peter 1: 13