As I stood by the ocean this past weekend, I couldn’t stop thinking about just how incredibly vast it is. There are 332 million cubic miles of water on the Earth. That’s 36.6 sextillion gallons. If sextillion isn’t a readily accessible number, think of 1000 trillions.
Still lost in the magnitude? That’s ok. There is nothing I can do to help you wrap your head around the sheer volume of water contained on the surface of this planet. It’s an unfathomable quantity.
We must accept the fact that we aren’t able to comprehend it.
Big God, Little People
So where does that take us when we look at the first chapter of Genesis, throw in some Psalm 33, and realize that God created all of that with merely the breath of his Word? Who is this God who can literally speak 36.6 sextillion gallons of water into existence?
The more interesting question is this; “Who are we?” Whether its you, me, Billy Graham, or President Obama, any one of us can step into that water and displace roughly 0% of the water in the ocean.
I’ve yet to find a calculator that will show the actual percentage. They all round it to 0.
Little People, Big God
Lost in the vastness of His creation, I turned here:
“What is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him?” Psalm 8:4
In the face of immeasurable glory, I am but a speck of life. I can barely be said to exist at all, yet He knows me. Not as a passing friend or acquaintance, either. No, He knows me. Every hair on my head. Every thought in my mind. Every intimate detail.
You have searched me, LORD,
and you know me.
You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
Before a word is on my tongue
you, LORD, know it completely.
You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
Who is this God who would look at a creature of infinite insignificance and ascribe him infinite value, worth, and identity? He’s the same God who would humbly write himself into history just so that we could know Him fully; just so that we could be saved.
“The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.” John 1:14
Apart from Him, we are hopelessly drowning in a bottomless ocean, incapable of saving ourselves from its endless depths. Within the gracious truth of the Gospel, He reaches down His hand, looks us in the eye, and says in the most loving voice, “Grab on.”
He is an incredible author and this is an incredible story. Share it with someone today.