To Infinity and Beyond
Can you count to two?
Jeremy Harper is in the Guinness Book of World Records for counting to one million. He did it for 16 hours every day for 88 days (from June 18, 2007, through September 14, 2007). That was only 1 million! Mathematicians tell us infinite possibilities lay between the integers. Consider all the decimal points (1.121, 1.122, 1.123, 1.24, etc.) it takes to go from 1 to 2! The increments available are infinite in and of themselves. We don’t think much of counting from 1 to 2, but when you do, you have just spanned a gap of infinity with that simple step!
The summary statement in Job 26:14 is profound: “Lo, these are parts of his ways: But how little a portion is heard of him? But the thunder of his power who can understand?” Job described some incredible realities in God’s creation. He stretches the heavens, hangs the earth on nothing, and binds up the waters in clouds and they do not rip. The mountains quake at His rebuke, the seas respond to his direction, and he is responsible for forming the most gargantuan of creatures!
Job then declares this is only “part of his ways.” The things you observe in creation are but the tip of the iceberg, the fringes of all He has done, is doing and will do. The little portion we can observe is but a whisper of his power. How then can man ever hope to comprehend or even withstand the full thunder of his power?
Are we amazed at our God? A. W. Tozer describes the western fabrication of God when he wrote, “This little cheap god we’ve made up is one you can pal around with—’the Man upstairs,’ the fellow who helps you win baseball games.” God has become a trinket in our society. You can whip Him out when you run into trouble or only have a “prayer of a chance.” Yet, as infinite, complex, and powerful as He is, God reveals Himself in such simplicity even a child can adore Him. We may give our brain a Charlie Horse by trying to comprehend all the decimal increments between 1 and 2, yet with simple faith in the laws of creation, we can count with child-like simplicity and leap over the infinitesimal.
This week, we observe the fact, an infinite God contained himself in human form in order to offer himself on the cross as the complete payment for your sins. Stretch your mind between these two extremes, the infinite God giving himself for insignificant creatures, and you can exclaim with the psalmist, “Lord, what is man, that thou takest knowledge of him! or the son of man, that thou makest account of him” (Psalm 144:3)!
Shouldn’t our worship this week elevate our concept of God to His rightful place?
I will extol thee, my God, O king;
And I will bless thy name for ever and ever.
Every day will I bless thee;
And I will praise thy name for ever and ever.
Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised;
And his greatness is unsearchable. (Psalm 145:1-3)