Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God. How unsearchable his judgments, and his paths beyond tracing out.  ~ Romans 11:33


Consider this. A stack of one hundred 1 dollar bills is a little less than half an inch. One million 1 dollar bills is 358 feet. One billion 1 dollar bills is 68 miles. And a stack of one trillion—with a “t”—a stack of one trillion 1 dollar bills is 67,866 miles.

With that in mind, let’s go on to another number. In one human body alone there are over 37 trillion cells. Needless to say, one single human cell is beyond tiny.

For decades, scientists assumed that, while human cells made up a vast, complex organism—they assumed that the tiny, human cell itself was a relatively simple thing.

But then, something happened. Just as the Hubble space telescope opened our eyes to the staggering vastness and intricacies of the known universe, so also new developments in technology made it possible to peer into the human cell.

What scientists saw inside a single human cell shattered old assumptions. Some of the scientists have described the shift like this. Years ago, they thought that the human cell was like a basic mud hut. Now they know it’s more complex than a Saturn 5 rocket. Years ago, they thought a cell was more like jelly. Now they know it’s a sophisticated nano-factory. Years ago, they perhaps thought that a cell had as many working parts as an automobile. Now they know that the workings of a cell are more like a galaxy.

As one scientist has said, “[The inside of a single human cell is] one of the most dynamic physical systems in the universe.”

So stop for a moment and give that some thought. There are over 37 trillion cells in your body. And inside every cell there is a level of activity so complex and so sophisticated that it’s like a galaxy unto itself.

That’s the kind of Creator we have. That’s the kind of God we have. And yet all of that is child’s play in comparison to something else our Maker chose to do. To rescue us from our sin, he chose to become one of us in the Person of Jesus Christ. Through his life and death on our behalf, he redeemed every cell in our body along with our soul.

And he did it for love. That is what is truly unsearchable.

Prayer:  Lord, my very body is proof of your unsearchable greatness. Greater still is that you came to live and die and rise for me. Amen


Published by Living Hope Church

Living Hope is a WELS Lutheran Church located in Omaha, NE.