22st January 2013

The Big Picture

“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?”
Psalm 8:3-4 (NIV 2011)

I love looking at mountains. As I write, I’m admiring the Grampian hills in Scotland, newly covered with snow. These mountains are beautiful, majestic and ancient. Humanity was still a twinkling in God’s eye when the Grampians began to form. They have survived millions of years, a time-span that is too huge for us to really grasp.

I feel humbled. My short life is just a blip compared with the ages through which these mountains have endured. And what of the Ancient One who brought them into being? The Grampians are mere blips in time to the Creator of the universe. What am I to him?

Scientists tell us that the Earth is around 4.5 billion years old. Yet, the Bible tells us that we – humanity – were always the goal of God’s creative activity. Dwell on that for just a while–you are the end product of 4 billion years of God’s handiwork!

God has plans for you and me, for all of humanity. Jesus is the confirmation of this: “Before the world was created, God had Christ choose us to live with him and to be his holy and innocent and loving people.” (Ephesians 1:4 CEV).

Before the mountains were born, before the foundation of the Earth was laid, and before the Universe itself burst into existence, God was laying down his plans for you through Jesus. How incredible and wonderful is that?!

As Paul prayed in Ephesians 1:18, Dear Father, enlighten the eyes of our hearts to know the hope you have called us to, the riches of your glorious inheritance. We ask through the one who has made this so; Jesus, your Son and our Lord.

Study by Ian Woodley

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One Response to “22st January 2013”

  1. Andrew Anderson on January 24th, 2013 1:31 am

    Sorry Ian don’t agree with your 4.5 Billion years . why don’t you access the site answersingenesis.org and watch the videos on where did the billion years come from , you will find it if you look around the ” videos on demand ” on that site .

    Just wanted you to view a explanation of where this originated , I do take in the messages given in the day by day so don’t be offended by this e-mail

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