Have you ever looked up to the night sky and wondered at the galaxies surrounding us? Have you ever sat in the gentle stillness of early morning and watched the sun break over the horizon? Or felt the power of the lightning and wind and thunder in the middle of a ferocious storm? Have you ever seen the beginning of a life – a flower pushing through the dirt, a butterfly breaking out of its cocoon, a human being brought into the world?
How amazing and breathtaking are all these things?
Our world is full of wonders. From the tiniest blade of grass to the towering mountains, everything is unique and complex in its design. And God created it to be this way.
God created everything out of nothing, and everything belongs to Him. Eternity and infinity are in His hands. He has more wealth than we could possibly imagine. He is not hemmed in by a canvas or frame. God created the universe with not material but His spoken word [Genesis 1].
And because He created everything, He has infinite knowledge and wisdom. Every truth, known and unknown, discovered and undiscovered, is known to God. Did it ever occur to you that nothing occurs to God? Nothing can surprise Him. He knows the littlest details: the very cells and chromosomes in our body that dictate our hair and skin and eye color, the atoms that make up those cells, the infinitesimal protons and neutrons and electrons that make up those atoms, and what those parts consist of as well – to the largest: alignment of the planets, the vast deeps of the oceans, the swaths of galaxies that are forever expanding.
How can we feel anything but small in His presence? When Job goes before God and laments to Him, God puts him in his place. “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth?” God inquires of Job. “Tell me, if you have understanding. Who determined its measurements – surely you know!” God wants Job to feel small. He wants us to feel small.
God is a God about Himself. Everywhere in the Bible, we see that what God does is for His glory. In I Chronicles 16: 24 as David is singing his song of thanks, he says, “Sing to the Lord, all the earth! Tell of his salvation from day to day. Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!” Yet again David writes in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God, the sky above proclaims His handiwork.” Habakkuk 2:14 says, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as waters cover the sea.” Paul himself, a terrorist in his time, was chosen “to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel” [Acts 9:16]. And in his first letter to the Corinthians, Paul tells them, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” [1 Corinthians 10:31].
God is deep in riches, in knowledge, and in grace. Everything is designed to give Him glory, and any blessing we are given is designed to lead us closer to Him. Gifts from God go past themselves to the Giver.
So then, it is not about us. Everything in this world is about God. He is the one true God. He demands perfection because He is perfect. But He gave us His Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins, because we cannot live up to that perfection. He gives us new life through the resurrection of Christ. God is a God abounding in love and mercy. He chooses us to be a part of His plan – the plan to proclaim His name and His works through every nation.
We are free to love, serve, and simply be who God created us to be. It’s not about us. We’re not the main characters. We can’t ruin God’s works. To believe so puts us up on a pretty high pedestal and gives us a higher power than God Himself. We stumble and fall. God is always at work in our mess. When we turn to Him in our weaknesses, His strength is magnified. Our weaknesses can work to the glory of God. But God is our Father – He delights in our baby steps, and He never leaves us when we lose our footing. And we can never fall away from His love. That is His promise to us.