“For as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him; as far as the east is from the west, so far does he remove our transgressions from us.” Psalm 103:11-12
We had some fun with this passage at Simply Worship last night. The Bible tells us that God’s love for us is as great as the heavens are high. But how high are the heavens? We can climb tall ladders, we can climb high mountains, we can fly in airplanes, but the heavens are much higher than any of this. We can travel in space, even all the way to the moon, but the heavens extend much further. It takes the light from the nearest star (the sun) 7 minutes to get to us, traveling at 186,000 miles each second. On a clear night we can see stars far enough away that the light that is reaching us now left that star when Jesus walked the earth. And that’s just in our galaxy. There are other galaxies much more distant. So how high are the heavens? We cannot even comprehend the answer to this question.
And how far is the east from the west? That’s how far God has removed our transgressions from us. We could start walking, east to west. The Oregon border would take a couple of long days. If we kept going, eventually we’d get the the Pacific Ocean. No more walking then. It’s about 9,000 miles across. Then we could start walking again. Another 10,000 miles to the Atlantic Ocean. Cross that and we’d still have a 3,000 mile hike to get back to Nampa. That would be quite a journey. Is that how far the east is from west? But since the earth is round, we can’t stop after just one lap. In our quest to find how far east is from west, we’d have to keep going, endlessly. We cannot even comprehend how far the east is from the west.
But that’s how far God has removed our sins from us. And that’s how much God loves us. A pretty awesome thought, right? We have a pretty awesome God.
In Christ, Pastor John Watts