This is a picture with relative sizes of the planets in our solar system to the sun. Of course the distances aren’t to scale, but it does give you a sense of the immensity of where we live. And think about this… we are but a speck of lint on a speck of lint in the universe!
If the distance from the earth to the sun were the thickness of 1 sheet of paper, then the distance from earth to Pluto would be 40 sheets of paper. The distance to Alpha Centauri, which is the closest star at 4.3 light years from earth, would be a stack of paper 71 feet high. The distance across the Milky Way (200,000 light years from earth) would be a stack of paper 620 miles high! And yet the Milky Way is just one MINOR galaxy of the billions of galaxies we can see!
There is a video on The Molecular Expressions website of Florida State University that is awesome. If you CLICK HERE, you can take a video trip through the cosmos like you may not have seen before. This will give you a sense of how great, and meticulous, God is. He created everything from the vast expanse of the universe to the smallest elements that not even electron microscopes can detect.
Given what is depicted in the video and the illustration about the size of our universe… is God someone we should give partial attention to? Is He only someone we call when we’re in a tight or need help? Is He someone that is merely our cosmic personal assistant? Or maybe there is another response to who God is…
In Psalm 147:4-5 it is written that… “(God) determines the number of the stars; He gives to all of them their names. Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; His understanding is beyond measure.” (ESV)
When David looked into the heavens, he wrote (Psalm 8:3-4)… “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?” (ESV)
We find this written in Psalm 19:1, “The Heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” (ESV)
Last Paul wrote this as found in Romans 1:19-21, “For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse.” (ESV)
Slow down sometime today or tonight. Look around you at the creation you can and cannot see. Affirm in your heart and spirit what the Psalmist wrote. Worship God, for all around you there is evidence of His existence!
Oh how great and awesome and powerful and majestic and wonderful our God is! Let every toungue praise Him! Let every nation bow down before Him! Let every knee bow in humble submission! May everything that has breath worship God as Master… Savior… Creator… Sustainer… and Giver of Life! There is no God but Jehovah God!