Isaiah 40:12

Who hath measured the waters in the hollow of his hand, and meted out heaven with the span, and comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure, and weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance?

Isaiah 40:12

As we continue to go through Isaiah 40 looking at the imagery it provides of the greatness of God, we are brought to this verse which deals with the physical aspects of the earth.  God “measured out the waters in the hollow of his hand”.  As we would cup our hands to gather a few ounces of water, the Lord tells us that He took all of the waters in His hand.  I’ve never seen the oceans, but I can only imagine how much water that would include.  The biggest body of water I have ever seen is Lake Superior.  It is a vast expanse of water, but to think that the Lord gathered that water in His hand to put it there blows my mind.  When I was about ten years old, my family went to Lake Michigan.  The sky was grey and kind of blended in with the water on the horizon.  As we pulled up to the lake, I asked my dad where it was.  He said “it’s right there”.  I stared in disbelief as I had never seen a body of water take up the entire horizon.  All of that God is able to put in the hollow of His hand.

He “comprehended the dust of the earth in a measure”.  As we would measure flour or sugar for a recipe, God is able to measure the dust of the earth.  We often can not even see dust, but God knows exactly how much of it there is in the entire world.

He “weighed the mountains in scales, and the hills in a balance”.  As I drive through the mountains, I am always amazed at their sheer size.  But God is not amazed at their size.  God knows the weight of them and has the power to pick them up and put them in a balance. 

Reading passages like this should really give us a greater appreciation for the power of the God we serve.

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