Who doesn’t look into the night sky without being stirred to praise and adoration at the heavenly bodies? Even the enemies of God are struck by the beauty of the universe.
David wrote, “When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?” [Ps 8:3].
In David’s eyes, we seem so insignificant compared with the universe. Insignificant in size, and insignificant in beauty. And yet, the wonder of mankind surpasses even the beauty of the heavens.
For all its flaws – and there are many – mankind is the pinnacle of God’s creation.
What else is there in all of creation with the creativity of mankind? With the inventiveness, the artistic flair? With the ability to learn and to grow and to think outside the box? With the curiosity to search out new lands and new technologies?
The intricacies of the human body, the unfathomable depths of the human mind; truly wonderful creations. What else is made in the image of God? In what else resides ‘the breath of God’?
Truly, there is nothing in all of creation to compare with mankind.
And yet, mankind is made “a little lower than the heavenly beings” [Ps 8:5]. Why should God care for him?Continue reading