The Unseen Universe

The Unseen Universe

God has made a vast universe.

God has made a vast universe.

Have you ever thought about why God made galaxies which even today remain unknown and invisible to mankind? For thousands of years, the distant stars and galaxies existed, but until the development in recent years of more powerful telescopes, no one knew they were even there. Why did He make them? There are likely many reasons, yet each of them declares His glorious existence. Recently, while reading the Psalms, I discovered an additional reason which I had overlooked as to why He made them.

Why He Made the Earth

The Bible clearly states the reason He created the earth. We think about that first home, the Garden of Eden, as being made so Adam and Eve would have a place to live. However, the picture is far greater than this.  Isaiah described the creation of the earth, and then says that “God formed it to be inhabited” (Isa. 45:18). Jeremiah, speaking for God, said, “I have made the earth . . . by My great power and by My outstretched arm, and have given it to whom it seemed proper to Me” (Jer. 27:5).

It is obvious why He created the earth, but why did He create galaxies which are invisible to man? It is estimated that are 100,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (100 octillion) stars. Why so many, when they cannot be seen?

Why He Made the Universe

The immediate answer is so that mankind, as they learned more about our universe, would understand how the heavens declare His glory (Psa. 19:1). But, there are more answers. Consider the one found in Psalm 115.

Read the second phrase in verse sixteen. The psalmist said, “But the earth He has given to the children of men” (Psa. 115:16). Now look at an implication found in the first phrase. “The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s.” Do you see the contrast? Our God has given the earth to us as our abode, but the heaven of heavens, the universe, is His! He made that invisible universe, which we are just beginning to be able to see, for Himself. Those unseen galaxies (no one knows how many more are yet to be found), show His glory, but God revealed they were made for Him.

A childish view of this—for how could even the wisest man fathom such profound truths—could imagine the joy a child has of going to Disney and every day visiting a new park. Each one surpasses all that he has seen. That child might then think of God going from galaxy to galaxy to see those remarkable sites throughout His created universe. Each venue surpassing all that had been seen in grandeur. Mankind may someday go to some nearby galaxy, but God sees them all every day. O the marvels of His unfathomable wisdom in His creation!

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