DayBreaks for 7/24/14 – Look Up and Be Re-sized
From the DayBreaks archive, 7/23/2004:
We live in a culture that appreciates big, powerful things. It wasn’t enough just to build a memorial at Ground Zero in New York City. No, they had to come up with a design that resulted in another huge, massive building. We look admiringly at powerful women and men – whether they are sports figures, actors/actresses, politicians or business folk. We are captivated by greatness and grandeur.
Psalm 8:3-4 (NLT) – When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers—the moon and the stars you have set in place—what are mortals that you should think of us, mere humans that you should care for us?
You see, I think that our attraction to greatness is part of what God put in us that was intended to lead us to seek Him. Sadly, as with all other God-given abilities, even this one can be perverted into something unrecognizable. But as David, as a young shepherd laying in the fields at night, lifted his eyes to the heavens, he was struck with the incredible greatness of the Creator. David had no idea how many stars there were, let alone how many galaxies. He had no concept of the light-year, nor of the incredibly vast distances that had been traveled by the light of the stars that fell on his retina. But that’s OK – he didn’t need to have that kind of understanding. Just seeing the night sky was enough, and when David looked up, he was resized.
It may have been the day that David slew the lion that he looked up at the stars and wondered about why God should care for us. He may have just had the most successful day of his life. Or he may have had his worst. Either way, when we look upward toward God, we are inevitably resized into a better perspective of ourselves. We are not the almighty – only He is Almighty. We are not even very good, let alone great. But God! – well now, He’s something else!
And why should He care for us? Several reasons I should think:
1. He made us and is therefore responsible for us in a real moralistic sense;
2. He gave us a spirit, an eternal soul, that is unique among His creation (as far as we know), and that makes us special;
3. He made us to “look” like Himself – a huge compliment that was not paid to the stars or moon or sun;
4. He loves us beyond reason and beyond our ability to hope or understand.
But the key point of this DayBreaks isn’t what makes us special – except that God thinks we are special. That we matter to Him, that He thinks about us and cares for us.
No matter what kind of day you have today, let me encourage you tonight to go outside with a blanket and lay down on the grass and look up at the stars and think about God. Go ahead – don’t worry about what the neighbors will think! Get lost in the wonder of His greatness. You just may sleep better tonight as a result!
PRAYER: Fill our hearts with Your Spirit that we may have not only your mind, but also your heart! Let glory come to You from what people see flowing forth from our hearts!. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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