Infinity, is it really as tangible as hair and sand?
For troubles without number have surrounded me;
my iniquities have overtaken me; I am unable to see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my courage leaves me.
LORD, be pleased to rescue me,
hurry to help me, LORD.
God, how precious your thoughts are to me;
how vast their sum is!
If I counted them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand;
When I wake up, I am still with you.
What is infinitely impossible for humanity is God’s quantifiable infinity toward us.
Our reality is that sin edges around the entity of our personhood, while hedging our nature within, so that we cannot even reach the paths of life. For us to obtain Life is like counting, not beginning at zero, but with the total sum of the hairs on our head and then continuing into the vastness of numbers yet to follow. Impossible. Absurd. Overwhelmed, in despair of mind, heart, and will, left to come undone, King David pens this prayer for deliverance from the “impossible” in Psalm 40. The Psalmist realizes that God is man’s environment, but sin puts us out of our environment with God. However, the LORD, Yah-weh, the sacred name of God, favorably accepts our absolute need for a helper, a rescuer.
In Psalm 139 we see this same King David give the chief Musician lyrics cadenced to the omniscience and omnipresence of God. God is not edged nor hedged by sin’s power. But He directly addresses sin’s reality. Our plight is a fixture in God’s mind, heart, and will. His compassion will not exile humanity to an infinity without His presence. God seeks to rescue, redeem, and save us. Yes, God has an answer to our cry for rescue that does not begin with a zero-sum game, but rather, the total sum of the sands on the earth plus the vastness of numbers to follow. Possible. Eternal life is the path of life from the very nature of God.
Overcoming being overtaken is possible by having faith in God. (Hebrew 6:11; Mark 11:22)
You reveal the path of life to me; in your presence is abundant joy; at your right hand are eternal pleasures.
so that everyone who believes in him may have eternal life. For God loved the world in this way: He gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.
For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Don’t work for the food that perishes but for the food that lasts for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set his seal of approval on him.”
because the one who sows to his flesh will reap destruction from the flesh, but the one who sows to the Spirit will reap eternal life from the Spirit.
written by Michelle Kelso Kafer