You have it totally upside-down

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“…so the meaning of human life, the meaning of existence, the meaning of the universe is at its core: All things are to be used to show how magnificent God is.

This universe is about God. Sometimes I have heard skeptics or atheists shake their heads at the notion that Christians could believe that on this infinitesimal planet where there is a self-conscious being called man God created the universe about that, because as far as we know it is just so vast and empty.

I say: You have it totally upside-down. It is not about that. That is to show this little infinitesimal people a little something about God. The universe is to display God to that little planet.

It is not about that little planet. It is about God. And the universe is God’s best effort to say: That is how big I am. That is how strong I am. That is how glorious and magnificent. The galaxies are all about God, not man.

There is nothing unusual about it at all. The disproportion between the universe in all of its vast glory and infinitesimal little man is perfectly rational — if you are God-centered, if God is all, if God is the reality in the universe and man is his little, amazing, worshiping group…

If you treat him like he is nothing, don’t expect anything to work, because he didn’t make it that way. He made the universe and our souls for him to be at the blazing center.” (John Piper, The Outrage of History, June 8, 2016)

By faith we understand that the entire universe was formed at God’s command, that what we now see did not come from anything that can be seen. (Hebrews 11:3)

Hubble young stars from Orion

Images: Hubble Space Telescope; small Magellanic cloud, visible from the Southern Hemisphere near the equator, Credit: NASA, ESA, CXC and the University of Potsdam, JPL-Caltech, and STScl. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/CXC/NOAO/AURA/NSF

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About Jill

I'm a wife, mom to three beautiful children, and currently work at two jobs for which I'm very grateful -- part-time at my kids' school, and as children's ministry director at Redeemer PCA in Athens, GA, a place our family treasures as our church home. It's been thirty years since the Lord saved me, and to this day I'm astounded at His steadfast love shed upon unfaithful me. My hope would be that I might speak and write in ways God would use to soften hearts toward Him, that we would together be enamored by the glorious beauty of Jesus and awakened to His love unimagined. Thanks so much for reading!
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