The Bible begins with the words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Gen 1:1) Do you have any idea how big the heavens are? Do you have any idea how vast and far reaching the universe is?
If you’ve ever wondered how big the universe is, you’re not alone. Astronomers have long pondered this, too, and they’ve had a hard time figuring it out. Now an estimate has been made, and it’s a whopper.
The universe is at least 156 billion light-years wide.
Think about that for a moment. A light year is the distance light travels in a year. Light travels approximately 186,282 miles per second. And there are 31,536,000 seconds in a year. So to get an idea of how vast the universe is multiply 31,536,000 X 186,281 X 156 billion and you come up with a number that won’t fit on this blog post.
The size of the universe absolutely blows my mind. Even more so, though, God created it. The word “created” in Genesis 1:1 means “to make something from nothing.” God just called it all into existence from nothing. He spoke it into being.
But here’s the most mind boggling part of it all. That same God became one of us so that he could provide a way for us to spend eternity with Him. At his birth the angel announced, “They will call his name Emmanuel, which means, “God with us.” (Matt 1:21)
The God who spoke the universe into existence, came to be one of us, lived and faced life’s temptations just as we do, and died as a perfect sacrifice for our sins to provide a way of forgiveness and hope for all eternity.
That same God, “is patient, not wanting anyone to perish, but wants everyone to come to repentance.” ( II Peter 3:9) The God who created it all is patiently waiting for you to decide that His way is better than your way.
That just blows my mind.