Listen: Chris Witts presents Morning Devotions.
When Voyager II sent back images from space, Earth appeared as a tiny dot, a very small fraction of an inch wide. And that’s from only 4 billion miles away—just slightly beyond the orbits of the planets in our solar system.
The Prophet Isaiah didn’t have photos from space, but he gave a clear picture of God’s greatness in comparison with Earth:
Surely the nations are like a drop in a bucket;
they are regarded as dust on the scales;
he weighs the islands as though they were fine dust.
Before Him all the nations are as nothing;
they are regarded by him as worthless
and less than nothing.
To whom, then, will you compare God?
What image will you compare Him to? (Isaiah 40:15,17-18)
God cares for individuals
Yet here’s the wonder. In this same chapter of Isaiah God bends over backward to remind us of his care for individuals: “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.” (Isaiah 40:29) God’s main thing is this: He so loved the people on this tiny blue planet that he sent his Son to bring individuals, such as you and me, to himself. He didn’t give his life to pay the price and penalty for sin for nations, but for the people who live in those nations.
When you read Time magazine or watch the news; when you hear about powerful countries in the Middle East on the brink of war; when you see the US Secretary of State shake hands with prime ministers and see the US President wave and walk off Air Force One, you could feel extremely insignificant. But Isaiah 40:23 has something to say about this: “He brings princes to naught and reduces the rulers of the world to nothing.”
God’s main thing is individuals—their lives, their forgiveness, their eternal souls. It doesn’t matter if you hold office or live in the most influential country. He died for people so people might live for him. Think about that as you watch the evening news tonight.
I’m reminded that Chuck Swindoll tells the story of someone who placed this ad in a Kansas (USA) newspaper: I will listen to you talk for 30 minutes without comment for $5.00. Sounds like a hoax, doesn’t it? But the person was serious. Did anybody call? You bet. It wasn’t long before this individual was receiving 10 to 20 calls a day. The pang of loneliness was so sharp that some were willing to try anything for a half-hour of companionship.
So that just goes to show that within the heart of people there is that need for God, a need for someone to listen. God does care; he cares and understands all about you
(To be continued in God Cares – Part 2)
The War Cry, July 5, 2003