Scripture for Today: Isaiah 40:22 “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth and its people are like grasshoppers. He stretches out the heavens like a canopy, and spreads them out like a tent to live in.”
Of all the insects I can run into, I am the least threatened by the grasshopper. Perhaps the delight of seeing them jumping in the grass when I was a child has stayed with me. According to the Urban Dictionary, calling someone a “grasshopper,” is to refer to someone as a novice, a student, a subordinate or to someone who is just ignorant. This use of the word was made popular by the Kung Fu television series in the seventies. “Patience, my little grasshopper.”
Today’s verse refers to all of mankind as grasshoppers when compared to the God of the universe. God’s creativity, His sovereignty and His incomparable power are so far above man’s experience and capabilities. We are only small insignificant grasshoppers next to such greatness! If God had not revealed Himself to us we could never have had any relationship with HIm. There are no limits to His knowledge and understanding. When communicating with us I can just imagine Him saying, “patience, my little grasshopper.”
How ludicrous of any “grasshopper” to say there is no God! But even though I love Him and belong to Him I can act as though He is not there. I get so busy jumping from one thing to the next that the whole day can pass without even a thought of Him. Yes, He sits enthroned above but He is also intimately involved in every detail of my puny insignificant life! His love and faithfulness are as high as those heavens He spread out. What an amazing thought that He could care for me!
Lord, thank you for loving this grasshopper!