DayBreaks for 6/27/14 – He Thinks About You
Psalm 8:3-4 (MSG) I look up at your macro-skies, dark and enormous, your handmade sky-jewelry, Moon and stars mounted in their settings. Then I look at my micro-self and wonder, Why do you bother with us? Why take a second look our way?
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 set in place— what are people that you should think about them, mere mortals that you should care for them?
I wonder if there has ever been any human being in full possession of their faculties who has not sat under the starry sky on a dark night and been spellbound with amazement? Sure, the ancients had no concept of how many stars there are in the universe nor of the vast distances that their light has traversed to paint their image on our retinas, but I’m nearly certain that we’ve all been captured by the majestic night sky!
When I sit under the stars with all the lights far away, even with my fading vision, I feel so infinitesimally small and insignificant. If my body were to be thrown into space by a sudden upheaval of the earth’s crust, I’d be far smaller and occupy a much tinier space than a grain of sand in the Pacific Ocean. And I echo the words of David, “Why? Why, God, do you even both to take a second look in my direction?” There is perhaps nothing more humbling. Maybe that’s why He created space so immense – to teach us the difference between us and Him.
Helmut Thielicke says that during World War II, his students often wrote from the battlefield saying, “I am so exhausted from marching, my stomach is so empty, I am so plagued with lice and scratching, I am so tormented by the biting cold of Russia and so dead tired, that I am totally occupied, without the least bit of inner space for any speculative thinking.” Sometimes they would write that they were too weak to leaf through the Bible and were even lazy about the Lord’s Prayer. Dr. Thielicke would reply, “Be thankful that the Gospel is more than a philosophy. If it were only a philosophy, you would just have it as long as you could keep it in mind and it could afford you intellectual comfort. But even when you can no longer think about God, he still thinks about you.”
Today you may feel small. Insignificant. Microscopic. Unimportant. Worthless. Alone in a vast sea of humanity and cosmic dust. If Scripture is to be believed (and I do believe it), though we are small, we are not insignificant to God. Though we are microscopic, we are not invisible to Him. Though we are unimportant in the great scheme of things, we matter to Him. Though we are worthless in comparison, He finds us priceless. And though we may feel alone…we never are.
We are held in not just His thoughts, but in His heart, not just for now, but for forever!
PRAYER: Thank You for “seeing” and thinking of us and believing we are of such great worth that You gave everything for us! In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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