Creation Springs Forth

Read: Psalm 8

One of the nice things about this time of year is the ability to get outside and enjoy the warmer weather.  It is also an incredible sight to see God’s creation come to life right before our eyes.  It won’t be too long now until the trees will be full, the grass green, and the fields planted with the hopes of a bountiful harvest.  This time of year truly proclaims the truth of Genesis 1 when God said that it was good.

 When it comes to God’s creation there are many different views.  Some refuse to believe that God was involved, some debate the details of how it happened, and others discuss the time frame in which it happened.  It seems that many times we get caught up in the details and forget to appreciate the wonder of it all.  Isn’t it enough just to know and appreciate that God created it and that it wasn’t by happenstance.  Edward Conklin, professor of biology at Princeton University once said, “The probability of life originating from an accident is comparable to the probability of a dictionary resulting from an explosion in a printing factory.”

There is a story about Isaac Newton from many years ago that fits well with this.  Newton made a miniature replica of our solar system.  At its center was a large golden ball representing the sun, and revolving around it were smaller spheres attached to the ends of rods of varying lengths.  They represented Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, and the other planets.  These were all geared together by cogs and belts to make them move around the sun in perfect harmony.

One day as Newton was studying the model, a friend who did not believe in the biblical account of creation stopped by for a visit.  Marveling at the device and watching as the scientist made the planets move in their orbits, the man exclaimed, “Why, Newton, what an exquisite thing!  Who made it for you?”  Without looking up, Newton said, “Nobody.”  “Nobody,” his friend said.  “That’s right, all of these balls and cogs and belts and gears just happened to come together, and wonder of wonders, by chance they began revolving in their set orbits and with perfect timing!”  Newton had to say no more, his point had been made.

Make it Personal: As we once again marvel at the springtime that will unfold before us, let us be reminded that God created it for us to enjoy, to care for, and to view as a reminder of his work and power in our world and universe.  That is what I like most about Spring, it testifies that God loves us and that God is still making things new in our world.  Enjoy the beautiful weather ahead everyone!

Have a great week, Glen Rhodes