I’m watching Focus on the Family’s “The Truth Project” DVD at church. We just finished episode 2 – philosophy and ethics. The host introduced the cosmic cube (not on the right). Atheists believe there’s nothing outside this box. Christians believe God created and is actively involved in it.
When they showed the cosmos on the screen and put it in a box and said God was outside, I was amazed. I had no idea God was so huge and the earth so small! Of course we’re all grasshoppers! I never thought about it before: the immensity of God compared with earth and me. It’s overwhelming and humbling. Pride – what a joke! I got a vision of God and it was glorious!
Who has measured the waters in the hollow of His hand, Measured heaven with a span, And calculated the dust of the earth in a measure? Weighed the mountains in scales And the hills in a balance? … Behold, the nations are as a drop in a bucket, And are counted as the small dust on the scales; Look, He lifts up the isles as a very little thing. And Lebanon is not sufficient to burn, Nor its beasts sufficient for a burnt offering. All nations before Him are as nothing, And they are counted by Him less than nothing and worthless. … It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain, And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in. … Lift up your eyes on high, And see who has created these things, Who brings out their host by number; He calls them all by name, By the greatness of His might And the strength of His power; Not one is missing.
~ Isaiah 40:12, 15-17, 22, 26 (NKJV)
We live in a dollhouse, people! A giant one but a dollhouse none the less – created by an omnipotent and omnipresent God. What are nations, people, and things compared with the greatness, glory, and majesty of God? Who am I and what are my problems in comparison to God? How dare we ever fear or trust the arm of flesh when we need something! Who else but GOD can answer our prayers and deliver us?!
Now I know why people sin and chase worthless things. They’re eaten up with pride. They think too much of themselves and too little of God. They haven’t had a glorious vision of Him. God, heaven, and hell are all outside the box. That’s where I need to spend my time on earth – in worship, prayer, study, etc. What is the world and what is man compared to God?
You know what’s worse? When people and nations wage war against God, trying to throw him and his truth out of their lives.
Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us. He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh: the Lord shall have them in derision. ~ Psalm 2:1-4
Of course God will laugh! Can you imagine grasshoppers with tiny sticks trying to wage war against people? It’s the same when people try to wage war against God. What a joke!
Still, God has to enter our personal box (life) if we’re to know he’s real and we can know him. I guess atheists haven’t seen God show up in their lives in a personal way. This leads me to a question. God said in Romans 1 that his nature and character are displayed in creation so that no one is without excuse re: morality. How is this true? How do I discover, find, or “read” God in creation the way I do in the Bible, worship, and prayer? I think I need to read some works on natural theology.
In the meantime, look for God outside the box and worship!