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A Week With Louie - Indescribable
Featuring Louie Giglio
"Have you never heard or understood? Don't you know that the LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding." (v. 28)
Light travels at 186,000 miles per second. In a year, light travels 5.88 trillion miles. Light years is the measuring stick for the universe. Just our galaxy, the Milky Way Galaxy, is 100,000 light years across. And in this 100,000-light-year galaxy are so many stars that it would take 2,500 years to count them all. Consider that, then consider that the Milky Way is one of hundreds of billions of galaxies in the known universe.
These are numbers and distances we can talk about all day long but will never comprehend. Yet these are numbers and distances God created with words from his mouth. Do we have the right idea about the size of God? Or do we imagine Him a little smaller than He actually is? And in turn, do we imagine ourselves a little bigger than we actually are?
God gives us a clue about his size through Isaiah who says, “‘To whom will you compare me? Or who is my equal?’ says the Holy One. Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens: Who created all these? He who brings out the starry host one by one and calls forth each of them by name” (Isaiah 40:25). God knows each star by name. The same stars we would take 2,500 years just to count. And that’s only the stars in our galaxy. God knows all stars by name in all of the hundreds of billions of galaxies.
And He knows you by name. The same God that holds this endless space called the universe, created you. He knows your heart. He loves you. While we feel insignificant beside the mass expanse of what He has created, we are an integral part of that creation. As David wrote in Psalms 139:1, “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb.I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful” (Psalms 139:13).
As big as His creation is, it did not stop Him from entering into our comparably tiny world and redeeming us, reconciling us to Himself so we can forever enjoy His splendor. Our insignificant planet in the light of His love, makes us significant. And to be significant in the eyes of the God who knows every billionth star by name, gives us hope, confidence, comfort and the purpose needed to live an important life on our miniscule planet that is so greatly loved.