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Years ago, when I was serving as pastor of a small church, I occasionally did a Q&A on Sunday evenings. The congregation affectionately called it “Stump the Pastor.” It kept me on my toes, because the people always came with what they thought were unsolvable theological questions.
One week, one of the young people asked a question he was sure would leave me baffled: “If God only put people on planet Earth, why is the universe so big?”
I smiled and replied, “That’s a no-brainer. No matter how big the universe is, God is bigger. We see His glory and power reflected in the vastness of the universe.”
Since that time, I’ve given thought to that answer and feel I need to revise it just a bit.
God is not only larger than the universe, He is infinitely larger. The universe is so massive that now, with space-based telescopes such as Hubble, we can probe deeper than we ever have before. Yet astronomers still cannot plumb the depths of space, still cannot find the end. But the universe is finite. It does have an end.
When we understand that our God is infinite, we realize that this vast universe in which we live is little more than a grain of sand in comparison with God.
Now, about those problems we have that we think are too big for God to handle…
“The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1, NIV)