Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Greatness of God, Not the Significance of Man

Our small group is reading the book Don't Waste Your Life by John Piper. This is an excerpt from page 34:

"Sometimes people say that they cannot believe that, if there is a God, he would take interest in such a tiny speck of reality called humanity on Planet Earth. The universe, they say, is so vast, it makes man utterly insignificant. Why would God have bothered to create such a microscopic speck called the earth and humanity and then get involved?

Beneath this question is a fundamental failure to see what the universe is about. It is about the greatness of God, not the significance of man. God made man small and the universe big to say something about himself. And he says it for us to learn and enjoy- namely, that he is infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful. The more the Hubble Telescope sends back to us about the unfathomable depths of space, the more we should stand in awe of God."

After reading this section it made me think of this email that I received a few weeks ago. Hopefully this will encourage you take a moment and think about how "infinitely great and powerful and wise and beautiful" God really is!

(Click on the pictures to make sure you don't miss any of the tiny images included in it.)

Beyond our sun, the universe is a big universe.

Antares is the 15th brightest star in the sky.
It's more than 1000 light years away.

Now try to wrap your mind around this...

This is a Hubble Telescope ultra deep field infrared view
of countless 'entire' galaxies billions of light-years away.

This is a close up of one of the darkest regions of the picture above.

Humbling isn't it?

And yet Someone knows how many hairs are on your head and not even a single sparrow dies apart from His will (Matthew 10:29-31)!

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