You Matter

Just the other day, Neil deGrasse Tyson dropped this pearl of morbid nihilism in his Twitter feed:

Well, thank you, Neil. You have a singular talent for brightening everyone’s day.

The greatest tragedy, though, might be how many likes that tweet got. If you read enough (forgive me, Lord) internet comments from the agnostic, scientifically curious types, you almost see a perverse delight in their rejection of anything significant about man. To hear them talk, we’re just another species adrift in the dark, clinging to a pale blue dot in its dance across the blackness, one that’s quite indifferent to whether we maintain our grip. Nothing special about us.

Anything to reject God, I suppose.

God is another matter.

You matter to God.

“I pray that the perception of your mind may be enlightened so you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the glorious riches of His inheritance among the saints” (Ephesians 1:18)

We studied this last night and marveled. Our teens shared a bemusement: “Gee, God, couldn’t you have picked someone slightly better to gift with an inheritance?”

Perhaps. But he chose us.

When I observe Your heavens,
the work of Your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
which You set in place,
what is man that You remember him,
the son of man that You look after him?
You made him little less than God
and crowned him with glory and honor. (Psalm 8:3-5)

Unbelievable. He cares.

…casting all your care on Him, because He cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7)

You are not an accident or a leftover; you were planned.

That thing that happened to you in high school, the one you’ve never told anyone? He saw. He is furious. And he has plans to make it right.

The trial you’re undergoing now that’s lasted years with no end in sight? He is the God who produces solutions out of nowhere long after hope has surrendered.

Those sins you committed? God wants to forgive. He arranged for it, through the blood of his son, if only it is accepted.

Behold the black hole, one of which was first finally imaged by mankind yesterday:

hole

Amazing, is it not? I’ve waited my whole life for such a vista.

You are more than this.

You are more than just a failed star, more than just a void surrounded by cosmic detritus. That weird phenomenon, that collision of the most exotic, bizarre properties of our universe, endowed with power to anchor galaxies…God has done far more intricate work on you. Your body, your life, all stamped with his seal, bound up as a testimony to his love and care.

Amidst the energy and matter that collide hourly across the universe, you matter to God. Will you not accept this?

 

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22 thoughts on “You Matter

  1. It never ceases to amaze me the way some scientists try to ignore the obvious presence of God. Especially considering that some of the greatest breakthroughs throughout history were made by Christians and how modern science does not deny a higher power in the universe.

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  2. So sad that some make every effort to teach others (and deceive themselves as well) that our lives have no purpose and there is no eternity. Lord, help them see the light. God bless!

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  3. The Bible clearly says there are some who’ll never have the capability to accept that God is sovereign. Our job is not to identify them but to sow seeds of truth and tell unbelievers what Jesus has done for them.

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  4. Great word. I will have a great day because I KNOW that the Creator of the Universe–Someone far greater than Professor Tyson or I can even begin to imagine–has promised that He will never leave or forsake me.

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  5. I was a little concerned at the beginning, but this article ended amazingly beautiful. I especially loved the verses used here. Have you listened to for King and Country’s song ‘You Matter’? This article reminds me of it.

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      • For a moment, when I first began to read it, I thought Tyson’s comment on twitter had upset you to the point of ranting and this article was going to be just that. I have a fear that one day my emotions might get the better of me and I’ll rant on a blog post, so I always pray before I type in hopes that, even if my emotions get the better of me, God remains in control and gives me the words to type to help someone. I was relieved when this turned out not to be the case.

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