There are a number of ways we might consider the greatness of God, but let us consider just one – the size of God’s creative handiwork. God’s creation is both enormous and microscopic. No previous generation in the history of the world can comprehend this reality like we can today.
The Bible says that God “determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names” (Psalm 147:4). That’s incredible! Today we know that there are trillions of stars in the universe, and yet, God numbers the stars and He names the stars! Many of these stars are much larger than our Sun, which is why they can be seen from so far away. That is just a quick introduction into the enormity of God’s creation.
When it comes to the “tininess” of creation, consider the human cell. Scientists believe there are about 30 trillion cells in our bodies! And yet the cell is remarkably complex. As biology professor Michael Denton explains, “To grasp the reality of life as it has been revealed by molecular biology, we must magnify a cell a thousand million times until it is twenty kilometers in diameter and resembles a giant airship large enough to cover a great city like London or New York. What we would then see would be an object of unparalleled complexity and adaptive design. On the surface of the cell we would see millions of openings, like port holes of a vast space ship, opening and closing to allow a continual stream of materials to flow in and out. If we were to enter one of those openings we would find ourselves in a world of supreme technology and bewildering complexity…..(a complexity) beyond our own creative capacities, a reality which is the very antithesis of chance, which excels in every sense anything produced by the intelligence of man.”
The microscopic nature of cells is a clear pointer to the power and greatness of God. The unfathomable complexity of cells is also a pointer to God. Common sense tells us that the cell didn’t just happen by chance. There had to be a brilliant Architect and Builder. As Christians, we know this Designer to be the Lord God Almighty (Genesis 1:1, Psalm 33:6-9, Isaiah 45:18).
Let me encourage you to take time every day to consider the greatness of God in creation. When you look up at the night time sky, remember that God numbers the stars and God names the stars. Or, when you look down at your hand, think of all the millions and billions of cells that comprise just one part of your body.
God did this! And He did it to display His infinite glory and power. Listen to how the apostle Paul puts it in Romans 11:33-36: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and how inscrutable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who has been His counselor? Or who has given a gift to Him that He might be repaid? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be glory forever. Amen.”
Friends, as great as the work of God in creation is, the work of God in redemption actually surpasses it. We know from Scripture that God has taken the initiative to redeem fallen humanity from the deadly stain of sin. They Bible says, “When the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons” (Galatians 4:4-5). Through the atoning work of Jesus, God is redeeming a people for His own possession, who will proclaim His excellencies (1 Peter 2:9). So yes, God is a Creator and Designer and Builder like no other, but He is also a Savior and Redeemer.
This is good news! Never stop being stunned and amazed at the miracle of salvation. The God who is Holy, Holy, Holy (Isaiah 6:3) has condescended to sinful men and women. Why? Because of His infinite grace and mercy. Let me leave you with a couple verses.
For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God by the death of His Son, much more, now that we are reconciled, shall we be saved by His life. (Romans 5:10)
For in Him (Christ) all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through Him to reconcile to Himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, making peace by the blood of His cross (Colossians 1:19-20).