“Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, and marked off the heavens by the span, and calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the mountains in a balance and the hills in a pair of scales?”- Isaiah 40:12
If you are a human being reading this, then you are a part of the “I like things to make sense” Club. We ALL are that way. Our hearts rest easy when something is explained to us and we can nod our heads and say “Oh, I understand now!” But the truth is, sometimes things just don’t make sense. That’s when fear and anxiety can rule the day.
In a world that doesn’t make sense, it’s imperative for us to cling to the One who does make sense- to let our loving God be our peace. Yes, in a way, one may think God doesn’t make sense either. But God, being well aware of the gap between Himself and His finest creation- mankind, sent His Son Jesus as a mediator to bridge the gap. Amazing.
There is so much “talk” these days. People trying to make sense of it all. That’s what fear does. It provokes us to try and figure things out- to take control. The truth is, God’s ways are “inscrutable.” If you know what that word means, you read way too much! It means “doesn’t make sense.” Put a different way, God’s ways don’t fit into our logical, objective mind.
Example: the COVID virus. There are so many different opinions about it all. “The virus is a hoax! Everyone is dying! 95% of people who get the virus have already been vaccinated.” It’s hard to know what to believe.
When I played football and soccer and the coach saw us struggling on the field, he used a marvelous tool called a “time out.” The coach would motion to the referee, and he would stop play. We would all come over to the coach and he would refocus us back to the game plan. And guess what? We played better after the time out (usually).
We need to remember the importance of “time outs” in life. We need time to refocus back on God. We need time to remember just how big He really is. That’s one of the purposes of the Bible- God’s Word. It’s a beautiful narrative to remind us of just how big He really is.
It’s the story of His creation.
It’s the story of the size of Heaven
Scientists say it would take eighty thousand years to get from one end of the Universe to the other.
Scientists say it would take ten million years to get to the farthest we can see.
Astronomers say the average galaxy has one hundred stars and that there are one hundred billion galaxies
Oceanographers say our oceans contain three hundred and forty quintillion gallons of water, yet God holds them in the hollow of His hands (Isaiah 40:12)
Geologists say the Earth weighs six sextillion metric tons, yet to God it is dust on a scale (Isaiah 40:12,15)
Scientists tell us the known universe stretches more than thirty billion light years (two hundred sextillion miles) yet, to God, the great expanse represents but the breadth of His hand (Isaiah 40:12)
Oceanographers say if we drop an anchor in the Pacific Ocean’s Marianna trench, an hour later it will hit the bottom- seven miles down.
It goes on and on! God is SO BIG and we are not.
When things don’t make sense, realize that God does make sense. His ways are amazing, and we can trust His providence and care. So much of life’s seasons maintain their purpose in the mind of God alone. That precious commodity called trust allows us to rest in the care of our mighty God.
Call time out and be reminded that God really is big enough for us.
He is truly worthy of our trust…
…even when we can’t make sense of it all.
By Eric Joseph Staples ©