This is from a longer talk called “Indescribable” Louie Giglio, and I encourage you to look it up and watch it in full. Here are the highlights.
Everything is about me – Facebook allows me to communicate only the stuff about me that I want, and see updates from my friends when I want. I shop online when it’s convenient for me. I programme iTunes to play only music I like. I watch my TV shows on iPlayer when it suits me. Everything fits around me. A me-focused world feels very small. Yet the world is so much more than what we connect with through our iPhones.
This makes it very difficult to marvel at God, because God is not like us. The Bible tells us that God is so much more… He spread out the heavens like a curtain, He flung the stars into space. So let’s take a look at the work of God’s hands…
This is the sun.
The sun is an average star among billions in our galaxy. It’s 94 million miles away, and yet light from the sun travels to Earth in 8 minutes. That’s 186,000 miles a second. In one year light travels 5.88 trillion miles.
These are nebulae – clouds of dust and gas. The black gap between these is 50 light-years across. 50 times 5.88 trillion miles. This is 1500 light-years from earth. So if you travel 5.88 trillion miles every year for 1500 years, that’s what you’ll see.
This one is the Ring Nebula. It’s 1 light-year across. 5.88 trillion miles wide! 2000 light-years away from earth. If someone had gone into space when Jesus was born and travelled at the speed of light, they would be arriving there now.
Is this helping you get outside of our ‘Me-focused’ world? This is what God says in Isaiah 40:25
“To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
The clue is in His title – the Holy ONE. If there’s only one of something, it implies there is nothing else like it. Who is like the Holy ONE? No one is like God. We are only like Him to the degree that He is making us like Him.
“Lift your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one…”
How big do you have to be to bring out something that is 5.88 trillion miles across??
“…and calls them each by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.”
We can’t even count how many stars there are and yet He knows them each by name!! God is so unlike us…
Andromeda Galaxy. This is the nearest galaxy to our galaxy. It’s 2 million light-years away. 5.88 trillion times 2 million.
How about the Perfect Spiral Galaxy?
It’s 30 million light-years away. 30 million times 5.88 trillion miles.
So what’s the point? The Bible says the heavens declare the glory of God. Ring Nebulas and Perfect Spiral Galaxies, they’re all out there glorifying God. They tell us how great God is and help us marvel at Him. There is stuff out there that we don’t even know about, but its sole purpose is to glorify God because He’s so great!
There’s one more, to help us marvel at how great God is. He’s the one who made it all…
“…of his own free will he gave up all he had,
and took the nature of a servant.
He became like a human being
and appeared in human likeness.
He was humble and walked the path of obedience all the way to death –
his death on the cross.”
He left it all to hang on the cross to bring you and me back into relationship with God. God is not like us. We marvel at who God is when we look at the universe, His creation. And we marvel at who God is at the cross where God became like us in order to make us like Him. Because He is not like us.
God, who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, looks across the light-years of space to the smudge that is the Milky Way, and the dot that is Earth, and He sees you and me, and He knows us intimately; this God has made a way for us to know Him. And that is why we marvel!