About a year ago I was in a conversation with someone who wasn’t a Christian. They showed me this picture they saw online that depicted how huge our universe is, and beside that showed someone committing some sin. The point was to say that we are really small in comparison to everything around us, and it is doubtful God really cares about the minor things we do.
My friend showed me this and said, “this really puts things in perspective, doesn’t it?”
What he didn’t realize is that we saw two different things. To him, and maybe to you, he saw that we have all these galaxies that make up a ginormous universe, so if there even is a God, surely he’s got enough going on and isn’t really concerned with human decisions.
I saw something different. I was reminded of how large and powerful and creative God really is. And how crazy wonderful he made all of these things simply because he can. Yet despite the magnificence of all he is and all he created, he cares deeply for us. I thought what we see in Psalm 8:
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,
what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?
My friend saw the bigness of all creation and thought God, if he even exists, must be pretty tied up. But if God is infinite and all powerful and all knowing, keeping up with the universe isn’t tiring to him. It isn’t occupying his time, it in no way downplays the importance of people here on earth. In fact, the point of creation is twofold; to display his glory, and for the rule and dominion of people (Genesis 1:26).
Here is the point of all of this. No matter how alone or worthless you may feel, and we all feel these things at some point, the God of the entire universe cares for us even in spite of the wrongs we have committed.
The apostle Paul in Romans 5 writes that, “while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Meaning Christ doesn’t wait for us to get everything together before he will look at us, but that he has already taken the first step.
So here’s the take away from all of this:
- Creation is really, really big
- God is even bigger
- God cares for you
- You have value and worth, no matter what you have done
My friend’s view was a world devoid meaning where who we are what we do really doesn’t matter. But we don’t live in a world like that and you do matter.
The God we serve cares for you and that is the good news we all need to be reminded of.