Saturday, August 27, 2011

To See The Universe

Laser Towards Milky Way’s Centre

Just revisiting a thought I had as I wrote about Einstein the other day.
We see the universe marvelously arranged and obeying certain laws but only dimly understand these laws. Our limited minds grasp the mysterious force that moves the constellations.
I agree that the universe is marvelous and our minds are limited, but that doesn’t mean we should consider the universe before God. Mankind has often substituted His creation for the Creator.

And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven. (Deuteronomy 4:19 KJV)

We all enjoy watching the diamond sparkle of the night sky.  Every once in a while there are displays of fire as pieces of rock streak as molten lava across the skies.  We stay up late – or get up early – not to miss the show.

We build observatories, place them in space and capture photographs that man’s mind could hardly conceive. They are beautiful, and they raise some of the same questions from millennia before:

When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him? (Psalms 8:3-4 KJV)

We have a place in God’s universe and in His plans:

For thou hast made him a little lower than the angels, and hast crowned him with glory and honour. Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet: (Psalms 8:5-6 KJV)

David’s son, after many years of giving it thought, came to a conclusion:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecclesiastes 12:13 KJV)

Unfortunately, not very many came to a similar conclusion, neglecting God as they achieved great thoughts and progressed through time. They never work past the “I will” syndrome to reach “Thy will be done.”

Jesus said His presence in our world was solely to do His will:

For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me. (John 6:38 KJV)

He went further in the next verse, speaking of God’s will for each one of us:

And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day. (John 6:40 KJV)

Continue to consider the heavens, the work of His hand.  Consider the beauty of the world around us.  Speak to the Creator as part of our whole duty of man.  Then follow Moses’ advice:

Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life: but teach them thy sons, and thy sons' sons; (Deuteronomy 4:9 KJV)

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