Thursday, 1 March 2007

Not just king of the Earth, but of the Universe

'How awesome is the Lord Most High, the great King over all the Earth!... For God is the King of all the Earth; sing to him a psalm of praise. God regins over the nations; God is seated on his holy throne.' Psalm 47 v 2, 7-8

Have you ever thought that about God and did it have a real impact from then on in your life? Has it really struck you that he created everything in existence?

Funnily enough, its only happened to me once when it really had an impact a long time afterwards. Suprisingly it was in a Physics lesson, one of the worst classes twice a week that I have to endure, in my opinion.
We were starting a new topic and our teacher put on a video about space.

'Oh great,' I thought, 'Yet another lesson where I'll be bored to tears and start counting down the minutes to break.'

(Apologies to any physics teachers or anyone who adores physics, but personally I'm not what you call a keen scientist)

A few minutes after thinking this I realised I was wrong. Though a lot of the video was computer generated, I realised with a jolt, that God was there, in the blackness in Space, holding everything together.

Then it hit me that God's creation is massive as its the whole universe, billions of light years apart, trillions of miles apart. (To put it in perspective, just one light year is 5,865,696,000,000 miles or 9,460,800,000,000 kilometres!!!)

He created millions of galaxies with a million million stars in each one. The closest star to us is Proxima Centauri, which is 4.3 light years away, which is about 25,222,492,800,000 miles or 40,681,440,000,000 km.

He made the Milky Way and our Solar System: Saturn and Uranus with its large rings; Jupiter, the giant, orange planet; Mars; Venus, with its deadly gases and Mercury and Pluto, the smallest planets and the many stars that people thousands of years ago have named and told stories about.

And of course the Sun, the huge star the planets orbit.

God made Earth, gave it the exact amount of oxygen and water that it needed for life, positioned it in the best place so it would receive the right amount of light from the Sun.
And he gave us the moon, so we would have day and night.

For the first time ever since becoming a Christian, I realised that God really was in control, of everything... that was what really struck me - how amazing He really is.

At any minute, He could click His fingers and all of his creation could be destroyed. He chose our planet and gave us life, instead of any other, and he worked out where each planet was going to orbit the Sun, and how the moons would orbit them. Sitting there with my nineteen other class mates in the darkness, I realised that hardly any of them believe in a god and a lot of them are atheists. Now I can't understand why people think that it is all down to chance that we have life on this planet. It's clear that God is definately at work here and that He gave us life on Earth for a reason!

'In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.' Genesis 1 v 1

Though I was meant to be working in that Science lesson, I just couldn't help but smile after my teacher switched the video off, because for once in my life, I realised that God often shows us His glory in the ways we least expect Him to, especially first thing on a miserable looking Tuesday morning.

We as humans are often more concerned with ourselves than God, who is far more powerful than we can imagine, and who is obviously far more powerful than us. From the figures I found out, if God created the entire universe than He must be huge, enormous, massive... the list of words we can use goes on and on.

There's so much to say about our God and there's so little, as words alone often fail to describe Him - this is the extent to how awesome God is! If we aren't already, we should be asking God to be at the centre of our lives, because he is worthy of praise and power.

'Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.' Hebrews 12 v 2

It's hard to live for God and Jesus and keep our eyes on Him rather than what's around us on Earth. I always struggle with that, because the world's message is that we should be more concerned about ourselves. Our society screams 'me, Me, ME!!' and it can be hard to really think that God's in control. Many people believe that God is just an old man in the sky who's given up on us as humans, because to everyone who does not believe He exists, He seems so distant and far away.

But as you know, this isn't true..God is longing to have a relationship with us, to guide us in His way, which is free from wrong and sin and he wants us to be happy and return His love He has for us. We will often get distracted and doubt God is actually there, but if we ask Him to guide us and put our trust in Him completely, we will be secure and content. If we are reminded of Him as the Creator and that He is in control...of everything... we will still remain strong in him.

Doesn't that take a whole weight off your shoulders?! Personally that makes me feel heaps better, as when I've always tried to take complete control of my life, I've failed miserably because I'm not the one that's important here... It shouldn't be about us, it should be about the Creator of all things, the everlasting being never ending in grace, and what we can do to serve Him.

'By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God's command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible.' Hebrews 11 v 3

Why not look for God in creation? Go for a walk in a park and admire the many plants and animals He designed, or if you can't go out watch Attenborough's Planet Earth series and see how creative He is. If you don't live in an area with high light pollution, try star gazing. Go with someone else and read Genesis chapter 1 outloud. Just marvel at God's creation in the world we live in, in any way you can think of.
It's so easy to take stuff for granted, but without God there would be nothing... absolutely nothing... no sky, no land, no sea, no universe and no you.

If you haven't already, ask God to be at the centre of your life and to be your top priority. Ask him to help you deepen the relationship you have by listening to Him and reading more of His word. Ask for obedience to what He commands.. and above all praise Him! He created the Earth you live on, the sky over your head, the water you drink, much more besides and of course you! (Psalm 139 v 13-16)

God is the life giver and the Lord of Heaven and Earth... be thankful and praise Him!

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