WOW. I was able to attend a women's conference through InTents Life Ministries yesterday. The topic was Measureless love, and we used Beth Moore's DVD sessions. First of all, if you don't know who Beth Moore is, PLEASE check her out. She is an honest, down-to-earth, what- you-see-is-what-you-get, God fearing, God loving, passionate, powerful teacher of the Word. She is phenomenal! (And just so you know, the leader of InTents Life is a lot like her, so check out the button on my blog).
Anywho....If you are at all familiar with the Old Testament of the Bible, measurements were very important. Starting with the very creation of the earth. The "chance" of our earth being able to sustain life means that it had to be the right kind of planet in the right galaxy (there are literally BILLIONS of galaxies, only one of which is the Milky Way, of which earth is a tiny speck). It had to be the right distance from the sun, at the right tilt and rotation, with the moon a specific spot, not near a black hole, the right magnetic field. The "chance" of that happening is ONE in 150 million millions. That's like a 150 with 18 zeros or something. Just a side note, science is it's own downfall when it comes to proving evolution! It takes a lot more faith to believe in evolution than it does to believe in the Creation by the Creator!
So the "heavens" mentioned in the Bible are really an incomprehensible distance from earth.
Noah's Ark had very, very specific measurements. The temple or tabernacle that the Israelites worshipped in and sacrificed to God, where the very presence of God was held in the ark of the covenant, all were very specifically measured. Solomon's temple. Measured. I'm sure there are many more examples but you get the point. These things were very important to God. The ark of the covenant held the Spirit of God Himself! But the point is, all of these things were limited because they were able to be measured and made. They could have been duplicated, because the "blueprints" are in the Bible.
But when it comes to God's love for you...God's love for ME....it is MEASURELESS. It's unable to be replicated, it's one-of-a-kind. It is UNLIMITED.
How far are the heavens from the earth? That's how much God loves you.
How far is the east from the west? That's how much God loves you.
This is the passage the conference was based on: Ephesians 3: 14-21
For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom his whole family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the saints, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
Just remember that.....MEASURELESS.
No matter who you are.
No matter what you've done.
No matter what you haven't done.
No matter how healthy or rich or poor oryoung or old you are.
God's love for YOU is Measureless.