Monday, March 31, 2014

the wrong end of the telescope

Job 38:33 Do you know the laws of the universe? Can you use them to regulate the earth?
I have enjoyed beginning to listen to the story of Job. Even though I have almost finished listening to the entire story I can tell that it is a story that I need to listen to again to more clearly and deeply appreciate the lessons that it teaches. I already see that one of the lessons is that we live so much on the horizontal, people to people level. We even judge God in terms of the quality of our life and how we are doing relative to othe people. But this morning it was the verse above that stood out to me. I thought about the advanced standing of science in our culture. We have a high regard for our knowledge of natural laws and we take pride in our scientific conquests, which are often very impressive. We have been to the moon, we have found cures for many diseases, we can manufacture sophisticated machines and produce them cheaply enough for average people to buy. But the verse above challenges me that there is a difference between knowing the laws of the universe and using them to regulate the earth. We only begin to approach who God is when we learn of the laws He has instituted to regulate this universe. For only He is in control...of seasons, of storms, of the beginnings of life and of the borders between life and death. Only He controls those laws of the universe to hold it in fine balance. And so we bow before Him...grateful for the advances understanding of His laws bring, but more grateful to know the One who uses these laws with wisdom to hold us in His hands.
Rob Smith

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