“Lift up your eyes on high, and behold who hath created these things, that bringeth out their host by number” (Isaiah 40:26).
Throughout history the vastness of the cosmos has confounded human minds, motivating some even to worship the planets and stars. After contemplating the false gods of his day, the prophet asks a probing question: “Have ye not known? have ye not heard? hath it not been told you from the beginning? have ye not understood from the foundations of the earth?” (Isaiah 40:21). How can some fail to see the message in the universe and the sphere on which we live? It has recently has become common among some cosmologists to discuss how the universe is “fine-tuned” for life. The theory that a big bang just happened to create this orderly universe is untenable. “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth His handywork” (Psalm 19:1).
The prophet proceeds from contemplating the cosmos to discussing the wonderful Creator: “Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of His understanding” (v.28). Not only should we see evidence of a Designer, but His power and intelligence also should be readily apparent.
But the most amazing thought of all is that in the vast cosmos there is a message of special care from the Creator. The prophet sums up this great passage by assuring all who are downcast of inexhaustible divine resources available: “He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint” (vv.29–31). DW