The Nearness of God

September 1, 2017

“Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.” Luke 12:7

On Monday, August 21, 2017, all of North America was treated to an incredible solar eclipse. I live just about an hour south of the totality zone, so the hype leading up to the eclipse was big. Eclipse glasses were selling out right and left. Hotels were sold out and restaurants jam-packed in the cities within and surrounding the totality zone. Some schools cancelled classes and had delayed pick-ups so everyone could enjoy this rare event. Where I live, we experienced approximately 96% totality during the eclipse.

What was surprising to me was the reaction of many people after the eclipse was over. While those who viewed it within the totality zone were blown away, many people who were outside that area were let down. I heard comments like, “That was it?” All over social media were posts such as, #eclipsefail, or, #eclipseletdown. Perhaps it was the giant buildup leading to the eclipse, but I was astounded at how many people were disappointed in what they saw.

Think about it. God designed the universe so that every so often, we can see the atmosphere of the sun from the earth. And even in the areas where full coverage was not visible, we still could watch the moon eclipse the sun…in space…from the earth…with a flimsy pair of special glasses. From our backyards, we could look up and see with our own eyes that which only God could do.

The eclipse left me contemplating the greatness of God. But in the days that have followed, I have been reminded of not only His greatness, but also His nearness. I am amazed at the reality of His continual presence. Yes, He created the heavens and names the stars…and He also numbers the hairs on my head. He is so vast, yet He has made Himself small enough for me to know Him, putting on flesh and being born of a virgin to bring Himself nearer. He is seated high in heavens, reigning over all things; yet He also dwells within me through His Spirit. He is high and low, holy and humble.

As His people, we must never take His nearness for granted. We should continually marvel at the works of His hands as we live in the reality of both His supremacy and His simplicity. He is God; and He is near.

Application: Have you grown numb to the nearness of God?

Topics: Attributes of God

Bible Reference

Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.