Jim Hamilton’s brother-in-law, Clint Armani, has a helpful post on the creation that should focus our attention on our Creator God and our redemption in Christ:
Lately, I’ve had the thought of what makes me (or us) shudder. I’ve stood at the rim of the Grand Canyon and felt goose bumps come over my body as I was looked in awe. Another example that makes me fear is the enormity of huge ships and deep bodies of water. I become weak in the knees and tremble inside when I stand on a large boat or ship. Likewise, I become a little concerned when I’m floating in a large body of water with unknown wonders and creatures beneath me. Each of us could probably describe something that causes a sense of awe, anxiety, or fear.
Let’s take it up a notch. Let your mind wonder down the trail of infinity. Let’s think of a simple example from math. There are uncountably infinite numbers between 0 and 1 (0.1, 0.2 … 0.9; 0.01, 0.02… 0.09; 0.001…)
To measure our Solar System, astronomers use a unit called astronomical unit (AU), which equals 93 million miles. While our Solar System is vastly unknown, Pluto sets at about 40 AU from the Sun.
Now, 1 light-year is a unit measurement that is equal to 63,241 AU. The Milky Way is approximately 100,000 light-years in diameter and contains some 200 billion stars, of which the Sun is one. Furthermore, the Universe is estimated at 93 billion light-years across. (numbers from Wikipedia).
Consider with me that God created the universe and all that is. He also holds it together. From the vastness of the universe to subatomic interactions, God is a magnificent designer. Furthermore, God is infinite in being and perfection. He is holy unlike anything we have ever seen or fully conceived in our mind.
Our inherent sinfulness cannot exist in true fellowship with God. Therefore, we deserve God’s mighty wrath as our due punishment. Therefore, let me ask you again, what makes you shudder?