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Psalm 8:4 – What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him? (NKJV)

With regards to influence and physical stature, man is an insignificant speck when compared to all of creation. We’re a speck compared to the town we live in much less compared to the whole earth, or the entire universe.

The unbelieving world would have us to believe it all ends with that conclusion. If mankind is nothing but a product of chance and time, then the world is correct: we are nothing but a speck of insignificant dirt and in reality there is really no reason to live at all because in the scheme of things you will live, suffer and die.. the end.

The world proclaims that for Christians to think that man is somehow “special” in this universe is just the arrogant superstition of a few religious nuts. The universe is indeed mind boggling. We can barely even begin to comprehend it. Here are some facts to short circuit your brain:

  • One light year, the distance light travels in a year of time at the speed of 186,000 miles per second, is just under six thousand billion miles.
    • Psalm 90:4 – For a thousand years in Your sight aAre like yesterday when it is past, And like a watch in the night. (NKJV)
    • So in principle, light could travel SIX MILLION BILLION miles and to God it would be as barely any time had passed.
  • Picture one tiny grain of sand in the midst of an endless sea of desert as far as your mind can comprehend…
    • Our universe is like a grain of sand in the desert of God’s infinite nature
    • Our galaxy is a like a grain of sand in the desert of the universe
    • Our solar system is like a grain of sand in the desert of our galaxy
    • Our earth is like a grain of sand in size compared to our solar system
      • The earth weighs 6 sextillion, 588 quintillion tons
      • The sun weighs 333400 times as much and is considered an average sized star!
      • The earth is 24,901 miles around at the equator
      • The Earth could fit inside the sun an incredible 1,303,786 times!
    • Man is less than a grain of sand in size compared to vastness of the earth

Physical man is without doubt insignificant in this vast universe.

As Christians we believe that God created this universe as our “home”. It is not arrogant to believe the entire universe exists just for us. To the contrary, it magnifies the greatness of our God that with a few spoken words He created this incredible and incomprehensible physical dimension called “the universe” just for us, His children.

But, could you explain to the skeptic why mankind is so important to God? How can we expect the lost to believe in a God who would send His only Son to suffer and die for us, if we can’t even adequately explain why God loves us in the first place?

Why is insignificant man important to an all-powerful, holy God?

  • We are his children, created to be in His family and to be with God for eternity
    • Luke 3:38 – the son of Enosh, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God. (NKJV)
    • Acts 17:29 – for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring. Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. (NKJV)
  • We are made in the image of God
    • Genesis 1:26 – Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” (NKJV)
    • We are important because God made us like Himself. We are NOT God, or little gods as some would teach, but we are made in the likeness of God possessing an eternal spirit and Godly attributes like love, compassion and kindness.
  • God knows we depend on Him for our every need and for life itself
    • Acts 17:28 – for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, ‘For we are also His offspring.’ (NKJV)
    • God created us dependent on Him for life and it is His nature to love and care for those who need Him
  • God loves man and has proven His love with the ultimate sacrifice
    • John 3:16 – For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. (NKJV)
    • 1 John 3:1 – Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. (NKJV)
  • God desires for man to love Him in return! We were created to love God and enjoy Him forever!
    • Deuteronomy 6:5 – You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength. (NKJV)
      • God wouldn’t command us to love Him if He didn’t want our love.
    • 1 John 5:3 – For this is the love of God, that we keep His commandments. And His commandments are not burdensome. (NKJV)
      • God doesn’t make it hard for us to love Him, we just have to choose to love Him.

Man is important to God because He created us to be in His family and to be completely dependent on Him. He loves us and wants us to love Him in return.

Hebrews 2:5-9 For He has not put the world to come, of which we speak, in subjection to angels. But one testified in a certain place, saying: “What is man that You are mindful of him, Or the son of man that You take care of him?

You have made him a little lower than the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor, And set him over the works of Your hands. You have put all things in subjection under his feet.” For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all things put under him.

But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. (NKJV, emphasis mine)

The insignificant physical presence of man is not an indication of our lack of value in this universe. It is an example of the awesome power and provision of God who can speak into existence such an incredible creation for the sole purpose of providing a home for his beloved children.

The lost have no interest in a God and Savior they are not convinced cares anything about them in the first place. Take time to learn why mankind is God’s most precious creation and be able to share that with others who need to know it!

Father in Heaven, we are incredibly insignficant compared to creation, but even infinitely less significant compared to You! Yet because of Your love for us, somehow we are the most important part of Your creation. Help us to understand that wondrous truth and be able to share that blessed news with a lost and dying world that truly IS insignificant without You in their lives. Amen.

Contemplation: Science, and the world, would have you to believe that you are a speck of dust that came about by chance. Has that supposed “scientific fact” affected your view of why God created our universe? How important is mankind to God? He sacrificed His son for us; what does that indicate? So how important do you think all those unsaved people are to God that we are too busy or too scared to talk to about Jesus?

Application: Mankind is the most important part of all creation to God. Get your viewpoint of man in line with God’s and see if you don’t start viewing those around you a little differently.

  1. What is the most obvious Bible truth you have learned today?
  2. What change in your life needs to be made concerning this truth?
  3. What specific thing will you do today to begin that change?