The Vastness of His Glory

2014 Tour Divide.  Credit: Film For The Maker
2014 Tour Divide. Credit: Film For The Maker

Last night my wife and I downloaded the “Star Walk 2” app on our smartphones and set out for the back yard.  I’ve seen the stars hundreds of times but recently, I’ve been trying to get a sense of truly how vast God’s glory really is.  But on this side of eternity, we will never truly understand how great He really is.  I think looking at the stars and trying to wrap my mind around how MEGA HUGE our galaxy really is, and that our galaxy is only one of hundreds; this is the closest we can ever get to understanding how complex and grand God’s glory is. So we started with the Star Walk app.  There were THOUSANDS of stars, each with their names on the app along with their constellations, distance (in light years) from earth, all shining with resounding light.  He has orchestrated all of this, without the stars crashing into one another leading to our impending doom.  Suddenly I felt small and out of control…

The Bible tells us that God created everything.  With his breath, he spoke the heavens into existence.  And even still, “The heavens declare the glory of God” (Psalm 19:1).  But even still, I’m constantly reminded of my own inadequacies:

This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God,  and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:22-24).

We are all sinners but without the grace that comes from knowing Jesus, there is not a chance of us reaching God’s glory. But then in Isaiah 43:7, we are told that we are God’s “own people” and we were created by Him to bring Him glory.  So no matter how inadequate we feel like we are, and how far we fall short, in the end, we were created to bring Him glory through worship, thanksgiving, and praise.

My favorite aspect of being outdoors and working for 2nd Mile Adventures is fellowship with others while experiencing the beauty of God’s nature.  It is so easy to get caught up in our ‘to do’ lists, meeting deadlines, and pushing papers that we lose sight of our true purpose in life as we were created to bring God glory.  So here is a simple challenge that may help to bring things into perspective.  One evening this week, make an effort to set aside some time to get outside after the sun sets and spend some time looking at the stars.  Put your worries aside for a few minutes and check out the vastness of His glory, understanding that he holds every star in His hand.  Thank Him for taking care of the details in your life knowing that God is worthy of all of our praise and glory.

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