The vastness of God’s creation when compared to one individual life on earth is beyond comprehension. That is not just an opinion by this writer, for it is the psalmist who wrote the words … “When I consider 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, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor. You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet: all flocks and herds, and the beasts of the field, the birds of the air, and the fish of the sea, all that swim the paths of the seas. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth” (Ps 8:3-9 NIV)!
Only God’s Word can reveal the very thinking of God toward His creation. Such magnificence is the handiwork of God, such expanse, beyond what the human eye can see even with its most powerful instruments and space explorations. Though there is a limitless universe for man to explore, yet man’s life is confined to a very narrow space.
A fellow pastor has succinctly stated – man’s life is lived in the space between his ears. That area called the brain, with its data base, receptors and processors determines who we are and reveal what we are. While some individuals make a concerted effort to conceal their true character, Scripture exposes those inner thoughts of deceit … “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee” (Prov 23:7 KJV).
How and what a person thinks becomes the determining factor in one’s outlook on life, those values adopted that will mold one’s thinking, the information gathered in decision making and thecourse of action that will be taken. Thus, life becomes one of making decisions and carrying them out. The question arises -- what is the ultimate decision to confront every person in life?
Solomon wrote … “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil” (Eccl 12:13-14 NIV).
While the Scriptural command is clearly given, man in his natural state is alienated from God because he only possesses a sin nature. The Apostle Paul wrote of the consequences of man’s fallen condition … “for the wages of sin [sin principle, sin nature] is death [spiritual death that eventuates in physical death]” (Ro 6:23a KJV). A new nature is needed, one that is compatible with God’s nature of righteousness. Paul continues in that same verse … “but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Ro 6:23b KJV).
In the space that occurs between the ears, every individual can choose to believe in Christ, for God has placed in every individual the knowledge of His Person even revealing His wrath against all that is contrary to His integrity. “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Rom 1:18-20 NIV).
Just as God is faithful to reveal to all His eternal power and existence, He is faithful to reveal man’s need of a Savior and provide the gospel message that Christ died for their sins and rose again.