Maybe you’re like me. I’ll read a passage of Scripture and feel like I have a pretty good grasp of it. Then I’ll hear someone else talk about the same passage and go, “Woah . . . There’s a lot more here that I didn’t even see!”
This happened to me pretty recently. I was listening to a Tim Keller podcast where he was expounding on these ten words:
“[Jesus] upholds the universe by the word of his power.” — Hebrews 11:3
I’m amazed at the significance of small phrases like this in the Bible. If we aren’t careful, we’ll miss them. Let me walk you through what Keller had to say about it.
Did you know that the distance between the earth and the sun is 92 million miles? Long way. If you and I could take an intergalactic road trip at 65 mph, it would take us 175 years to get there.
So for right now, let’s think about that distance—92 million miles—as the thickness of a sheet of paper.
Well, did you know that the distance between the earth and the nearest other star would be a stack of paper 70 feet high? Did you know that the distance across our galaxy would be a stack of paper 310 miles high? And did you know that our galaxy is only one of approximately 100,000,000,000 galaxies in the entire universe?
Woah . . . Crazy stuff, right?
But here’s the point: To hold it all up, Jesus only needs one word. He doesn’t have to flex His muscles and work up a sweat. He doesn’t need to call for reinforcements. He doesn’t even need to use multiple words. Just one, and the universe obeys.
Isn’t that amazing!? That’s the God we pray to. That’s the God who died for us—who brought us into His family. That’s the God who lives inside of us right now, this very moment.
So next time we pray let’s take a second to actually think about who we’re talking to. Next time we call ourselves a Christian let’s not say it lightly. Next time we’re fearful about sharing our faith, let’s remember who goes before us.
And when we read the Bible, let’s pay attention to small phrases like this one. Don’t waterski over the surface, moving from one place to the next as fast as possible. Scuba dive. Take your time. Discover glory. One phrase—even one word—can make all the difference.