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How Big is God?

Today I received the latest copy of Turning Points by Dr. David Jeremiah, dated January 2021. When I opened it, my attention was captured by the title of his opening blog, Blessed Beyond Measure. In the opening paragraph Dr. Jeremiah mentions high school science (astronomy) with a dose of math sprinkled in, and offers some amazing information.

At first his article deals with light-years as a measurement of distance – the distance light travels in one year. To figure out how far that is, (here’s where the math comes in) light travels at 186,000 miles per second. Multiply the number of seconds in a day (86,400) by the days in a year (365.25) and you get 31,557,600 - the number of seconds in a year. Now, multiply that by 186,000 (speed of light per second) and you know how far light travels in a year - 5,869,713,600,000 miles. That’s booking it! (Wow, that’s about the size of the latest funding bill Congress just sent President Trump! Frightening!)

Okay, now that we have an idea of how quickly light moves; let’s look at the area where it travels.

Most of us know our earth is part of a solar system, located in the Milky Way galaxy. According to astronomers, it’s a huge clump of stars; a good many of them far larger in size than our sun.

The Milky Way is located in the Laniakea Supercluster. This monstrosity is more than 520 million light-years in size. If you’re checking mileage, it equates to 520,000,000 x 5,869,713,600,000. My calculator doesn’t handle that many numbers, so I tried it on my computer and this is the answer I received . . . ‘3.068e+21’. I don’t have the foggiest idea of what that means. Either way, it’s got to be a HUGE chunk of space. If you start at one end of the supercluster and travel to the other, pack a b-i-g lunch. You’re looking at a timeframe of 520 million light-years. “To infinity . . . and beyond.”

As big as that sounds, we ain’t done yet. There are some who believe the ‘known’ universe contains approximately 10 million of these superclusters. Personally, I don’t know how astronomers come up with all this, but regardless – that’s a mighty big piece of property, wouldn’t you say? And who’s to say there is only one universe? The astronomers mentioned the ‘known’ universe. That would imply there could be numerous ‘unknown’ universes as well. After all, there are numerous stars and galaxies. Why stop with one universe?

While trying to wrap your brain around these gargantuan numbers, step back a moment and think of how you compare to all this. Kinda like comparing yourself to a period at the end of a sentence, found in a book on a shelf in the world’s largest library. “Insignificant” is somewhat of an understatement, wouldn’t you say?

Now, let’s look at something else. If you’re like me, you believe God created the universe and everything in it. That would naturally include all these superclusters. In order for Him to be able to create them, it would stand to reason He’d have to be bigger than they are, right? (Definitely, a force to be revered when you are a period in the previously mentioned book.) It would be easy to find yourself on the piddlin' side of insignificant in that situation.

Okay, now that I have you feeling like you could crawl under a snake’s belly wearing a top hat without knocking the dust off, let me redirect your way of thinking . . .

Though God, when compared to the facts I’ve just mentioned, is HUGE . . . He’s also very personal when it comes to each of us. So much so, He knows how many hairs are on your head (Matthew 10:30). That’s another way of saying He knows all about YOU . . . all the while keeping our solar system in operation within the Milky Way, nestled somewhere in the Laniakea Supercluster, embedded locally in the universe. In other words, though He has a lot on His plate, He knows all about you – when you’re happy and sad, planning a joyous event or something sinister, watching over you at night or in your car on the way to work. Any time you have something to say, He’s listening.

Despite all He has going on at any one time, God still has plenty of time to help you. Remember, He lives outside of time, so the hands on the clock mean nothing to Him. According to scripture, God ‘spoke’ all of creation into existence – with one exception; man (and woman). He created us with His very own hands and has repeated this process with each individual since creation.

Psalm 139: 7-16 (NIV)

7 Where can I go from your Spirit? Where can I flee from your presence? 8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there; if I make my bed in the depths, you are there. 9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn, if I settle on the far side of the sea, 10 even there your hand will guide me, your right hand will hold me fast. 11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me and the light become night around me,” 12 even the darkness will not be dark to you; the night will shine like the day, for darkness is as light to you. 13 For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. 14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Now, with that for inspiration, praise God that you are indeed fearfully and wonderfully made. After that, share this information with someone else to help inspire his/her day.

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