Isaiah 40:6-8 A voice says, "Cry out."
And I said, "What shall I cry?"
"All men are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field. The grass withers and the flowers fall because the breath of the LORD blows in them. Surely the people are grass. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God stands forever." In revisiting our discussion from yesterday, I'd like to clarify a few things that I may not have made clear. First of all, in my thinking, I truly believe that all true scientific study will eventually give testimony to the Word of God. God's Word is truth. Man is more than a computer brain. He was created in the very image of God. Psalm 8:3-5 tells us, When I consider your heavens, the works of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than God and crowned him with glory and honor. We are not God but are created by God. Back in Genesis, the people conspired together, "Come, let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth (11:4)." God responded, saying among the Godhead, "Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other." And what happened? The very thing they feared. So the LORD scattered them from there over all the earth, and they stopped building the city." My point: God is God and we are not. He is sovereign over all and always has the last word.
So why doesn't God simply destroy all opposed to Him? 2 Peter 3 gives us this insight: The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. He is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. And if we continue on, we find that eventually when the day of the Lord comes, The heavens will disappear with a roar; the elements will be destroyed by fire, and the earth and everything in it will be laid bare. Since everything will be destroyed in this way, what kind of people ought you to be? You ought to live holy and godly lives as you look forward to the day of God and speed its coming. That day will bring about the destruction of the heavens by fire, and the elements will melt in the heat. But in keeping with his promise we are looking forward to a new heaven and a new earth, the home of righteousness. . . . Bear in mind that the Lord's patience means salvation. . . So we can only hope, as one of our readers wrote in response to yesterday's post, that Dr. Hawking found Jesus somehow as he left this world. This would have been his greatest discovery. 1 Peter 2 also tells us, For in Scripture it says: "See, I lay a stone in Zion, a chosen and precious cornerstone, and the one who trusts in him will never be put to shame." Now to you who believe, this stone is precious. But to those who do not believe, "The stone the builders rejected has become the capstone," and, "A stone that causes men to stumble and a rock that makes them fall." They stumble because they disobey the message--which is also what they were destined for.
But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.
To this stumbling was I referring yesterday. Jesus is that cornerstone, that stumbling stone for some, that pearl of great price, that key into all that is eternal. And as the apostle Paul says, So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal (2 Corinthians 4:18). This certainly doesn't mean that we should never concern ourselves with what is seen, I don't believe. But I do believe that what is seen always give testimony, in one way or another, to what is unseen. And what is unseen is the greater reality. To me, the discovery of energy coming from a black hole can speak volumes. To me, it takes me back to Genesis 1. Now the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters. And God said, "Let there be light," and there was light. . . And there was evening, and there was morning--the first day. Evening and morning, the ending of the old and the beginning of the new. This is the good news of God's Word over and over again. It may be simplistic but it is ever true--the "black holes" may try to swallow up everything but when God comes on the scene, light explodes the darkness! Thank God that His Word, "Light, be!" can explode our black holes and bring new life to what was previously darkness. Jesus is the light of the world! For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life (John 3:16 KJV). This is our loving heavenly Father, Creator and Ruler of this universe which reaches far beyond what we can see--on into eternity forever!
More later. . . .