Sunday, October 5, 2014

Lift up your eyes on high and see...

It's an often asked question: "How do you reconcile science and faith?" Perhaps there is an implied: "How do you worship if you always explain away the mystery?" But the opposite is the case; my knowledge informs my wonder.

Read Isaiah 40:25-26:

To whom then will you compare me,
that I should be like him? says the Holy One.
Lift up your eyes on high and see:
who created these?
He who brings out their host by number,
calling them all by name,
by the greatness of his might,
and because he is strong in power
not one is missing.

I suppose it is natural to gaze up at the stars and be overcome with a sense of awe. You feel small--as you should. There is a bigness in those tiny pinpricks of light that you sense almost without understanding.

But now consider this. Consider that each of these tiny points of light is a huge orb of burning gas that is large enough to engulf thousands of earths. Each of those tiny points of light puts off enough energy in an hour to fuel humanity for a year. Those tiny points of light capture planets, so they must orbit that star forever. Consider that we can only see a fraction of these tiny points of light on a good night.

Now read Isaiah 40:26 again.

He brings out their host by number, corralling them into an ordered assembly. He can call each one by name. And these giant furnaces of energy, He gathers them into His arms. Because He is strong in power not one is missing.

Now worship Him with heart and soul and mind. For the stars may capture planets, but The LORD is the one who marshals the stars.

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