Just the Right Size (Job 38:5)

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God’s infinite care for His creation can be clearly seen in the physical characteristics of the earth. Consider, for instance, the dimensions of this globe on which we live. Scientists have estimated that if it were just a few miles smaller in diameter, the density of its atmospheric blanket would be greatly reduced. The air would be so thin that when there was no direct sunshine, the earth would not retain enough heat to sustain animal or human life. In addition to this frightening condition, the waters would freeze to such a depth that all other forms of life would perish. On the other hand, if the diameter of the earth were a bit larger, the air would become correspondingly more dense. That would result in too much heat being retained and absorbed. This condition would become intolerable, with all living forms perishing because of the intense heat. But our God, who is infinite in knowledge and power, has carefully measured the earth for size and weight. And His measurements are precise!

The psalmist David, overwhelmed by the wonders of creation, said, “When I consider Thy heavens, the works of Thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which Thou hast ordained, what is man, that Thou art mindful of him?(Psalm 8:3-4). He recognized that the God who carefully maintains His universe is also concerned about us as individuals. The Creator not only cares for our earthly existence but also provides our eternal destiny. He gave us a comfortable dwelling place here on earth and He promised us a perfect home in heaven. – Paul R. Van Gorder

Yes, God was so great in creation,

But greater, much greater in grace;

For when man had sinned and had grieved Him,

He sent Christ to die in his place. – Bennard

THOT: In creation we see God’s hand; in redemption we see His heart.

  • December 19, 1982, Our Daily Bread