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Van Yandell

Genesis 1: 1-2 “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters.”

One night in September, Margie and I sat on two folding chairs by a campfire. We were in Western Kentucky. No towns were nearby to dim the sky with artificial light.

The stars were shining brightly on that moonless night. There were so many points of light in the beautiful night sky; there was no way to count them.

Astronomers tell us a few of the stars we can see without a telescope are as much as 250 light years from Earth. A light year is a little over 5.83 trillion miles. That is to say, when we look up at the stars in the night sky, we are looking back in time because the light left them 250 years ago. We can only see 0.0000045% of the stars in the Milky Way Galaxy.

NASA is telling us, with the aid of the Hubble Telescope, there are as many as 100 billion galaxies, containing over 100 billion stars each. Jeremiah 33: 32a “As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, neither the sand of the sea measured.”

Psalm 147: 4 “He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name.” The infinite power and knowledge of God is mind boggling. Our limits of understanding are set by our physical bodies but God has no limit. To grasp that unlimited capability is simply beyond the human mind.

What is even more amazing is that God did all this in a fraction of a second by His spoken word.

Can we even begin to comprehend how big and powerful He really is? Of course not! Some claim the “Big Bang” that formed the universe took place in one billionth of a second. They have confirmed Genesis 1: 1, instantaneous generation by the Creator.

There is a contingency that claim this universe we live in happened by accident. Really? Some claim a ball or mass of matter became highly compressed and finally exploded. However, they have never determined where that matter came from, what caused the pressure that caused it to explode or how big it was. If we ask those questions, they simply respond, ‘We don’t know, but the challenge is to find out.” Keep looking, you might try Genesis chapter one.

I find it humorous how we human armchair philosophers sit around and reason with God. We are finite beings (in our current form), He is infinite. His very existence is without beginning or end; He is the Eternal God.

Several years ago in a Sunday school class, the class members started discussing what God looked like. If that had been now, I’d have probably said George Burns or Morgan Freeman. If I’m remembering correctly, they both played God in a movie.

The teacher tried telling them God is spirit and does not have a physical appearance we can relate to. They just shrugged off his explanation and went on discussing His long white robe and beard. People still try to place a physical appearance on God. The scripture tells us God did take on a physical body in the form of Christ Jesus (John 1: 14).

The Bible states (Genesis 1: 27), God created man in His own Image. That means eternal spiritual image; we do not look like God. We are spiritual beings, God created us to live forever, but not in the form we see in the mirror.

The Bible teaches, at the instant one believes, one becomes indwelt with God’s Holy Spirit (Matthew 3: 11). The Apostle Paul teaches, that the joining of man’s spirit and the Spirit of God is akin to the joining of a man and a woman in marriage (Ephesians 5: 29-31); they become one. Remember, He lives in you.

God has it all figured out. When we start trying to rationalize and analyze God; and try to determine how He got all this done, go out and look up at a clear night sky. Look at all those stars He created. He knows how many there are and has them all named; now, contemplate that a while. It doesn’t take long for us to determine how small we are.

Consider your own size, your limitations and your level of wisdom and knowledge compared to His. Possibly, this will put it all in perspective for us.

Equally difficult to comprehend is why this infinite, eternal God would choose to come to this Earth in the form of the man Jesus and die for the remission of the sins of mankind. God does not ask us to understand it, just believe.

He not only asks us to believe, He gives us a belief method called faith. We were not there when Jesus turned water into wine, or healed the sick or raised the dead. I would like to have seen Him walk on water, but, I’m nearly two-thousand years too late.

Much of our lives are established on faith. We eat our food, drive our cars, get married, vote, choose a bank, and arise in the morning based on faith. We usually think of faith as being of a religious nature only. Obviously, that’s not at all the case.

Hebrews 11: 1, “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Of the verses in the Bible classified as powerful, this is near the top of the list. Being skeptical about earthly things is normal and prudent. The Word of God is not up for question. It is true, authentic and the only word we can depend on or have faith in.

Hebrews 4:12 “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.”

I love being out on a clear night and looking up at the night sky. Those stars we see are the creations of our Great God. To stand in awe of His presence is priceless. That feeling connects us to God in ways we can only trust Him to provide.