I love how Scripture and Science so often collide into this great exaltation of who God is. I recently read THIS article online about the largest object ever observed in the universe. You can read it if you want, but it made my brain hurt. Essentially, some scientists from the University of Central Lancashire discovered this object in space (quasar group) that is so large it might challenge a key principle of cosmology predicted by none other than Einstein himself. It seems to be BAFFLING and ASTOUNDING the smartest of the world’s scientists. Here is a quote about how big it is:
At its longest, the quasar group (known technically as U1.27 but more colloquially as Huge-LQG for “large quasar group”) runs about 4 *billion* light years, and about 1.6 billion at most points. For comparison, our Milky Way galaxy is approximately just (“just”) 100,000 light years across.
To put that into perspective, that is 1600 times larger than our Milky Way Galaxy…and we’re talking ONE object. Here’s what’s so cool! God already knew it existed, He is NOT surprised at its discovery, and it’s a DROP IN THE BUCKET to Him! We “humans” are astounded while God is yawning. So, what does this mean for me? Check out these portions of Isaiah chapter 40. I love this:
Isaiah 40:12 Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale? — Dude, He measures the HEAVENS with his fingers. Stretch out your fingers. Seriously, do it. What is that? 4 inches? God’s are at LEAST 4 billion light years apart. CRAP! That’s big.
Isaiah 40:15 He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand. — Have any sand laying around? One grain? How many grains could you hold in your hand?
Isaiah 40:22 He spreads out the heavens like a curtain and makes his tent from them. — When you go home, shut the curtains. That’s what God does with the UNIVERSE!
Isaiah 40:26 Look up into the heavens. Who created ALL the stars (even the quasar group that is 4 BILLION light years across)? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. — Seriously, think about that. God calls the stars by NAME that we haven’t even discovered yet. God knew about this quasar group by NAME on the day He spoke it into existence and has been waiting for us to be blown away by it ever since. Now THIS is where it gets personal in the very next verses.
Isaiah 40:27-29 O Jacob (enter your own name), how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? O Israel, how can you say God ignores your rights? Have you never heard? Have you never understood? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all the earth. He never grows weak or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. 29 He gives power to the weak and strength to the powerless.
And you thought He didn’t know. Read Isaiah chapter 40, and then TRUST in the One who knew about the quasar group, and knows about your troubles and WILL give you strength… He knew before YOU did and He’ll walk you through it!