Have you ever just stopped to imagine for a while just how "big
and powerful" our God is? Psalms 147:4-5 say, "He counts
the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great
is our Lord, and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite."
For man, the number of the stars is absolutely beyond our capability.
With the Hubble telescope, we saw deeper into space bringing within
counting range a new number of stars, but in the distance became
visible an a innumerable faint blur of ever distant stars! Now
every one of those stars God has not only counted, but he is so
familiar with them, he has a "pet name" for each! Should
this surprise us? After all He created each and every one of them!
Which is harder? Counting or creating them? Yes, "His understanding
Man is very insignificant in relation to God. Look how God compares
man in Isa 40:12 "Who (God) has measured the waters in the
hollow of His hand". When we dip our hand into the ocean,
we pick up a few tablespoons of water. God by contrast, can hold
all the water in all the oceans in the cup of His hand. "God
marked off the heavens by the span" A span is the distance
between the thumb and the pinkie. The farthest reaches of the
infinite universe is measurable by the span of God's hand. "God
calculated the dust of the earth by the measure, and weighed the
mountains in a balance, and the hills in a pair of scales".
While even today with the most powerful earth-moving equipment
and cranes, man can move a few hundred tones of rock, God knows
the precise weight of the entire planet earth! "Behold, the
nations are like a drop from a bucket, and are regarded as a speck
of dust on the scales; behold" All the population of the
earth are just one drop added to a bucket of water or the dust
on the scale that weighs your produce at the grocery store. The
picture that emerges here, is that our God is infinitely more
powerful, wise and knowledgeable than even the sum of mankind.
Jesus talked about how the "very number of hairs on each
of our heads is numbered" Mt 10:30. This fact obviously impressed
Jesus' listeners yet it was a dramatic understatement to the actual
depth to which God knows all things. I have no doubt, that God
has a constant knowledge of every atomic particle in the universe.
Jehovah is infinite in His knowledge. He knows all that there
is to know!
Understanding this about the nature of our God has some important
implications. It should be obvious that if God has names for each
of the stars, that He knows US personally through and though.
Wherever we go, God is there. Whatever we do, God see it. While
some have the idea that they can escape being seen by God or that
God is so uninterested with man that there are times when God
is blissfully indifferent to man. Elihah the prophet challenged
the priests of the idol God "Baal" to set up an alter
and have Baal, the god, send fire from heaven to consume the offering.
Elijah said, 1 Kings 18:26 "'Call on the name of your god,
but put no fire under it.' Then they took the ox which was given
them and they prepared it and called on the name of Baal from
morning until noon saying, 'O Baal, answer us.' But there was
no voice and no one answered. And they leaped about the altar
which they made. And it came about at noon, that Elijah mocked
them and said, 'Call out with a loud voice, for he is a god; either
he is occupied or gone aside, or is on a journey, or perhaps he
is asleep and needs to be awakened.' So they cried with a loud
voice and cut themselves according to their custom with swords
and lances until the blood gushed out on them." For these
priests, they felt that to get their god's attention they had
to cut themselves with knives! But not so with Jehovah God! Elijah
went on to say, "Answer me, O Lord, answer me, that this
people may know that Thou, O Lord, art God, and that Thou hast
turned their heart back again." Then the fire of the Lord
fell, and consumed the burnt offering and the wood and the stones
and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench.
And when all the people saw it, they fell on their faces; and
they said, "Jehovah, He is God; Jehovah, He is God."
Then Elijah said to them, "Seize the prophets of Baal; do
not let one of them escape." So they seized them; and Elijah
brought them down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there.
What a fantastic contrast between the false gods and the true God of the Bible. He hears us when we call out to Him. Nothing escapes His notice. He is watching over us all through the night when we sleep. He is very concerned about us and loves us all dearly. "Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you at the proper time, casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7.