Lately, I have been captivated by the design of God’s universe. We are on the earth, which rotates around a star called the sun. The sun has its own solar system containing nine planets. Our solar system revolves around a black hole in almost a perfect circular pathway, which allows it to remain safe. That black hole is at the center of a galaxy, the Milky Way, which contains anywhere from 100 million to 400 million stars and about 50 billion other planets. Our galaxy is a part of a local galactic group that contains at least 35 other galaxies. These galaxies revolve around each other and around a central point of gravity located between our galaxy and a galaxy called Andromeda. These galaxy groups, when observed together, make up something called a supercluster. Our local supercluster is made up of at least 100 galaxy groups. There is no center of detectible gravity, but there is an invisible force (dark matter), according to astronomers, keeping these galaxy groups together and affecting their movement with one another. These superclusters form the entire universe as we can observe it today.
The God that we serve made all of these things and placed them precisely where He wanted them.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
Is it not absolutely fantastic that we can get to know God by observing His creation!
The greatest creation, according to God’s Bible, is human kind, which resides on seemingly insignificant planet Earth. How often do we think about this? Jupiter has a gravitational pull so great that it deflects comets and asteroids from hitting the earth on a regular basis. Our sun is one of the longest living stars in existence. Earth has a rare magnetic field that protects its atmosphere from being stolen by solar wind created by our sun. Our planet, the only known planet to have tectonic plates, also contains a vast array of elevated landmasses. If the earth were any bigger, these landmasses, which exist because of tectonic activity, would not be. The earth would be covered in water. If our planet were smaller, it would quickly turn cold and dead. Earth has a moon, whose gravitational pull places Earth’s axis at the perfect degree. Move the axis even a small amount and one side of the earth burns. The gravitational force of the moon also affects the tides on our planet, helping to regulate temperature and feeding important nutrients into the oceans and soil.
The God we serve is such an awesome God. We can see that simply by observing. “Men are without excuse.”
In Genesis, we see God giving man the command to subdue the earth. God literally gave humanity, whom He loves, all of what He created. He trusts us with it so that we can observe it. We are in the perfect place to observe everything from the heights of the cosmos to the depths of the sea. By observing the earth that God handed to us, we can come to know who He is.
We are the most treasured of all God’s creation, and at our core is an outstanding desire for relationships: for love. If we observe ourselves, we can know that our God is relational. His creation was never about humanity being morally perfect. It was, and still is, about God having an intimate relationship with His creation. See. The earth is more complex than anything that we can observe outside of this atmosphere. In the same way, humanity is more complex than anything else we observe on our planet. God really did design us for a purpose. We are not the result of some sequence of random mutation and natural selection. We were thoughtfully made and supernaturally selected to participate in that relationship. God loves us so much that He gives us a choice as to whether we want to pursue a serious relationship with Him or reject Him. If we reject God, we will be without excuse.
“Confess with your mouth that Jesus is lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead.”
Now is the time to begin your eternal relationship with Christ!