Thursday, December 22, 2005

The Vastness of God, the Smallness of Man

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)
It seems like God has better things to worry about, doesn't it? The universe is so vast and we are small; it is so glorious and we are lowly. God's greatness, to our natural thought, means that he should have no particular concern for us. Which just goes to show you how far wrong our natural thought can lead us. The Psalm quoted above continues to say how God has blessed and honored us. Jesus tops even that:
Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them shall fall to the ground without your Father. Even the very hairs of year head are all numbered. So do not fear; you are worth more than many sparrows. (Matthew 10:28-31)
God is not ashamed to be concerned with things even smaller and less important than we are. He does not think it too lowly or trivial for him to be mindful of sparrows. To a much greater extent he does not think it too lowly or trivial to be mindful of us. If we understand his greatness the way Christ describes it, we have assurance that for one so great as God, caring for us is no problem at all.

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