I'm not a tall person by nature...but even in moments when I'm not worthy of praise (to gently put it), I still expect to be highly esteemed and regarded by others. I am a big deal! If someone hurts me, I tend to take offense; if someone looks down on me, I think, who are you to judge me? If someone betrays me, I have trouble forgiving them... I told you, I am a big deal!
Then, I open Isaiah 40, and I read, "The nations are like a drop from a bucket and are counted as small dust on the scales; All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and emptiness (waste, futility, and worthlessness)." And I'm like, "Whoa, there...but I'm a big deal! What is this all about?!"
So I zoom out just a little bit, now my view includes my family. They are a big deal too. My husband, my daughter...they are the world to me! How can God regard them as nothing?
I zoom out a little more...I see my mom, dad, siblings, aunts, uncles, in-laws...sure, I don't see them as much, but I care about them, I include them in my prayers...they are pretty important, how can God count them as dust on scales?
I keep zooming out...I think about my church, my pastors, my leader... I think about the girls in my home group...and all the people I see regularly each Sunday and throughout the week, they are all like my big family, I can't imagine my life without them! Does God really think of them as a little drop from bucket?
I dare to zoom out beyond the border of my immediate surrounding...I think all right, maybe we are not the biggest church, but what about all the people in California? No, let's take all the people in America... Do they really mean nothing to God?
Now that I've started, I have to go on... I zoom out even more, I start seeing a bigger picture...7 continents...7 billion people... Compared to that, I really am not that big of a deal at all...I get a thought that maybe, just maybe, that's not what God meant at all when he compared nations to nothing...
It's becoming easier to zoom out...my own little world feels so far away as I see the earth as just one of the tiny planets orbiting the sun...I can't even see the continents...everything is a big blur...
And everything keeps getting smaller as I keep zooming out...the universe is so vast...the earth is just a tiny little dot. I almost lose sight of it in the magnificence of all I see... I forget completely that somewhere on that tiny dot, there is "me", with all of life's problems, worries, and challenges. All I see in that moment is the greatness of God! Compared to him, nations ARE like a drop from a bucket and are counted as small dust on the scales; All the nations are as nothing before Him; they are regarded by Him as less than nothing and emptiness (waste, futility, and worthlessness). (vs 15, 17)
It's so amazing to serve that kind of God! With all the power and greatness of Him, He still cares enough for me to zoom in, zoom in, zoom in...right into my life. He renews the strength of those who get tired and weary and increases the power of those who are weak. (vs 28-31)
To whom then will you liken God? Or with what likeness will you compare Him? (vs 18)
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