Bread – Mindful

February 24, 2016


Psalm 8

“When I look at Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of man that You care for him?”  Ps. 8:3-4

To personalize the question asked by David in this Psalm, “Who am I that You are mindful of me?”

Great question, isn’t it?

To get perspective, we have to follow David by looking to the heavens, which we can do by ourselves late at night in the country under a cloudless sky, through computer programs which show the alignment of stars, through telescopes which bring home star clusters immense distances apart, and through other sciences.  Black holes, worm holes, quantum mechanics, string theory, nebulas, galaxies, planets, moons, gas giants … and we wonder who else could be out there?  What else could be out there?  And whatever our mind can investigate through science, one thing becomes clear.  It is in order.  It is magnificent.  It is awe-inspiring.  It appears to be infinite.  It is the work of a Creator, it is the work of God.

But, unlike David, we have machines and tools which will let us look into the smallest aspect of matter.  Unfortunately, we can’t see it by laying out at night under the stars, but we can see it through microscopes and other gadgets.  And what we see astounds us.  We see (or at least science suggests) atoms, neutrons, electrons, positrons, anti-matter, quarks, the cell, cellular structure, tiny organized factories within cells processing nutrients for our body, blood, nano-things, clathrates, vitamins, hormones, proteins, and ten thousand other things with strange names and even stranger properties.  But no matter how deep we go into the micro-sphere (as I call it), one thing becomes clear.  It is in order.  It is magnificent.  It is awe-inspiring.  There always seems to be deeper to go, smaller and smaller things to see, all of which are in order, complexly organized to achieve certain results.  It is the work of a Creator; it is the work of God.

What we do know is that we are here, on this planet Earth, surrounded by just the right balance of temperature, humidity, oxygen, and other minerals to sustain life, to sustain us.

What we do know is that God has given us a set of rules, of standards, of laws, of truths by which we can live fulfilling lives.

What we do know is that God Himself came to earth, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered to make a right sacrifice to God for our shortcomings, for our sins, raised from the dead unto His rightful place, to come again to rule over all things as King.  He created the universe, He created the micro-sphere, He created the earth and the moon, and He created us.  And, at the end of the day, He came to save us so that all who believed in Him would have everlasting life.

Why?  Why did God create?  Why did He breathe life into Adam?  Why did He make us in His likeness?  Why did He speak to us through His prophets and His Scripture?  Why did He die on the cross for us?

Given all these things, the wonder, depth, and breadth of creation, who am I that God is mindful of me?

I don’t know the answer to that question.  But I do know this…God is mindful of me.  He has created all things, me included.  His has filled me with spirit, life, and breath.  He has given me an inquiring mind.  He has given me relationships and love.  He has died for me.  He has empowered me with His Holy Spirit.

God is mindful of me and for that I am eternally grateful.

God is mindful of you as well.  Why?  Because He is.  And for that, are you grateful?  And for that, are you mindful of Him?

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© 2016 GBF   All Scripture quotations are from the English Standard Version (2001), unless otherwise indicated.

 

 

 

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