Look Up Into The Heavens

Isaiah 40:21-28

21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
    Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
    Are you so ignorant?
22 God sits above the circle of the earth.
    The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
    and makes his tent from them.
23 He judges the great people of the world
    and brings them all to nothing.
24 They hardly get started, barely taking root,
    when he blows on them and they wither.
    The wind carries them off like chaff.

25 “To whom will you compare me?
    Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One.

26 Look up into the heavens.
    Who created all the stars?
He brings them out like an army, one after another,
    calling each by its name.
Because of his great power and incomparable strength,
    not a single one is missing.
27 O Jacob, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles?
    O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights?
28 Have you never heard?
    Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
    the Creator of all the earth.

Reflection

In his now-famous “Indescribable” message, Louie Giglio expounds on the mysteries of the universe as a testament to the bigness of God. He touches on the question of meaning that has troubled so many scientists and rationalists struggling to find an explanation for the existence of such a vast array of cosmic wonder. The inevitable hypothesis examines the conditions of life on our planet Earth and deduces that in a universe so large there must surely be another world capable of supporting carbon-based life. After all, what is the point of all those stars? Surely such an ecosystem is far too large to exist solely in support of one moderately sized planet of deeply flawed but somehow persistent human beings?

Louie Giglio suggests that perhaps we come at the question of meaning from the wrong angle. If the universe’s sole purpose is to support the life on our planet, then yes it does seem overly extravagant. But what if this astonishing, seemingly limitless and ever-expanding cosmos has another purpose? What if the purpose of the universe is actually to demonstrate the magnificent wonder, glory, power and beauty of our Creator? Then, he reasons, perhaps the universe is only just big enough.

God’s plan of redemption in the coming of Jesus was initiated before the world began, before the stars were placed in order across the heavens. And just like the stars, not a single detail of God’s plan is missing.

Prayer:

Bring all the elements of your life before God, all the threads and events that seem random and disconnected, and ask him to open your eyes to the incredible hand of guidance that has directed the course of your days.

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