In Jeremiah 51:15, we are told: “He hath made the earth by His power; He hath established the world by His wisdom, and hath stretched out the heaven by His understanding.” Yet, how little we really know of that power, or wisdom or understanding! As we read in Job: “Lo, these are parts of his ways; but how little a portion is heard of Him? But the thunder of His power, who can understand?”
This is the word of God. As we find in the 42nd chapter of Isaiah: “Thus saith God the Lord, He that created the heavens and stretched them out; He that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; He that giveth bread unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk within.”
The discernment of God’s power, the messages of heaven, do not always come in great things. We read in the 19th chapter of the first book of Kings:
“And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before, the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind; and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake; and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire; and after the fire a still small voice.”
It is as a still small voice that God speaks to His children. Some people are trying to find out just how far heaven is away. There is one thing we know about it; that is, that is not so far away but that God can hear us when we pray. I do not believe there has ever been a tear shed for sin since Adam’s fall in Eden to the present time, but God has witnessed it. He is not too far from earth for us to go to Him; and if there is a sigh that comes from a burdened heart to-day, God will hear that sigh. If there is a cry coming up from a heart broken on account of sin, God will hear that cry. He is not so far away, heaven is not so far away, as to be inaccessible to the smallest child. In II Chronicles we read:
“If My people, which are called by My name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive them their sins, and will heal their land.”
D. L. Moody, Heaven: Where It Is, Its Inhabitants, and How to Get There (Chicago: Fleming H. Revell, 1884), 16–17.