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The intricacies of creation – the smallness of things – points to the sovereignty of the Creator who oversees it all.

Today’s Text: “The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2, ESV)

We have, in previous devotionals, been overwhelmed by the sheer vastness of the cosmos. What may be more mind-bending, however, is the smallness of all its parts.

For example, consider the mole.[1]

I’m no scientist, but I can tell you that the mole I reference is not a furry grey animal but is a scientific unit of measure that equals 6.0225 X 10 23. It’s a number of mind-twisting proportions. Imagine a few squirts of water from a dropper – about 3.6 teaspoons. Those 18 milliliters of water constitute a mole.

In that one mole of water (18 ml or 3.65 teaspoons) there are 6 X 1023 molecules of water. In a previous devotional, we saw that 7 quadrillion earths could fit into the giant Canis Majoris star. Well, a quadrillion is only 1015.  1023 is one hundred sextillion! In other words, there are six hundred sextillion water molecules in just a few teaspoons of water. If you were to stand on the Grand Strand of Myrtle Beach, SC on a clear day and look as far as you could to the left and as far as you could to the right and count all the grains of sand that you could see on all of the beach, you would see nowhere close to 1023 grains of sand.

If you had 6 X 1023 pennies, you would be a very rich person who, if you wanted to give it all away, would have enough pennies to visit each of the six billion inhabitants of the earth and give each one of them a trillion dollars.

Still not impressed? Let’s talk marshmallows. If you had 6 X 1023 marshmallows, you could cover the entire surface of the earth with marshmallows to a depth of five miles.

That’s how many molecules are in 18 milliliters of H2O.

And inside each of those water molecules are three atoms. And, in each atom of hydrogen, there is a proton and an electron. The proportionate scale of the proton, the electron and the atom could be compared to a fifty thousand seat football stadium (the atom), with a green pea (the proton) on the 50-yard line, and a gnat (the electron) flying around the cheap seats. We simply cannot begin to imagine how many electrons there are in the entire cosmos.

God is sovereign over every electron in every atom of every water molecule in every ocean. It’s not very hard to believe that He knows the number of hairs on your head and can attend to the most miniscule details of your life. And that’s the Gospel!

[1] Thanks to chemistry teacher Bill Rice, PhD for the helpful illustrations