DayBreaks for 11/18/19: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
From the DayBreaks archive, November 2009:
I have long been fascinated by the miracle of creation. We can’t wrap our minds about how God called things into existence from things that didn’t exist (Romans 4:17), but we believe by faith that He did exactly that. It is easy in the hustle and bustle of our daily existence to lose sight of the wonder of the creation. As a means to remedy that failing on our part, I hope to do a series (not every day) of messages on various aspects of the creation that will hopefully lead us to give glory to the Maker of heaven and earth.
Christ is the visible image of the invisible God. He existed before anything was created and is supreme over all creation, for through him God created everything in the heavenly realms and on earth. He made the things we can see and the things we can’t see— such as thrones, kingdoms, rulers, and authorities in the unseen world. Everything was created through him and for him. (Colossians 1:15-16, NLT)
We can see parts of God’s creation – and then there are parts that our eyes can’t see. We can’t see the spirit world with the angels and demons, God and the Spirit or the four living creatures – at least not from an earthly vantage point. No telescope has ever been made that can reveal that invisible domain to us. Paul offers such things (thrones, kingdoms, rulers and authorities) as part, but not all, of the elements of the “unseen world.” There is another aspect of the unseen world that we don’t often consider: the minutely small things He has formed.
Consider molecules and atoms. Every cubic centimeter contains approximately 45 billion billion molecules (give or take a few, but who’s counting?) There are that many molecules in every cubic centimeter you see around you. How many cubic centimeters are there in the world? When you figure that out, let me know. Then, consider how many cubic centimeters there are in the solar system – then expand your thinking to the Milky Way and then to the rest of space (the Milky Way consists of perhaps as many as 450 billion stars and is one of perhaps 150 billion galaxies). Gets mind numbing rather rapidly, right?
But that’s just molecules. Let’s get atomic. Molecules are formed by various atoms bonding together. How big is an atom? You could line up 500,000 atoms side by side behind a width of a single human hair. Consider a millimeter – 1/1000ths of a meter, about the length of this – if you printed it on paper. Cut that up into 1000 equal widths and you have one micron. Microorganisms (living beings like paramecia and amoeba) are about 2 microns wide (.002 millimeters) If you wanted to see a paramecium with your naked eye, you’d have to enlarge the drop until it was 40 feet across. If you wanted to see a single atom in that same drop, you’d have to make the drop 15 miles across. Each atom is 1/10,000,000 of a millimeter, or to put it in other terms, equivalent to a single page of flat paper compared to the height of the Empire State Building.
And you are made up of 7 billion billion billion atoms, 7 x 1027 (or 7,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms which is just a scientific way of saying, “A whole bunch!”) That’s if you weigh precisely 154.323584 pounds. If you weigh more, well, you’ve got even more atoms. If you weigh less, don’t feel cheated. You’ve still got enough. Each blood cell in your body contains approximately 1,240,000,000 molecules of oxygen. Without which – by the way – you’d cease to exist. Now get this: we are in utter amazement at the scope of the universe (I’ll talk about that in the future), but you have FAR more atoms in your body than there are stars in the entire universe!
What does all this mean? It means we can give a shout of praise out to the Creator for we are “fearfully and wonderfully made!” (Ps. 139:14)
PRAYER: Lord, when I consider the works of Your hands, what is man that You are mindful of him, that You should care for him? We, though we are just dust, give You praise for the wonders You have wrought! In Jesus’ name, Amen
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