Wednesday, February 24, 2021

The Amazing Place

Today is a beautiful day here in Hartford, Connecticut. It is presently 42° and may even reach 50° in some places later. I hesitate to rejoice too much, because, as everyone knows, the weather in New England can turn on a dime. Nonetheless, that does not stop me from appreciating the amazing place where we live – planet earth.

Really. Have you ever stopped to think about it? All other planets and moons are barren. Extremely cold or hot or gaseous. We are the only one with magnificent mountains and valleys. Lakes, ponds, and oceans. The trees and flowers that are about to burst through in the next couple of months is extraordinary. The sunsets we are blessed with. Yes, even the occasional lightly falling snow can be beautiful. One planet in our solar system has life – ours. We continue to look for evidence of other life out there in the cosmos, but, so far, it’s just us – earth. What if we were it? In all of the universe, just us – earth.

Have you ever watched any of those programs like David Attenborough’s A Life On Our Planet on Netflix? I know growing up I used to enjoy Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom and other National Geographic nature specials. We live on an astonishing planet.

Do you think it is all just chance? Of all the planets in all the solar systems, so far, as far as we know, we’re it. Why? Is it just luck? Chance? Accidental? That is not what the Bible says. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). Yes, we know our earth is not an accident, and we know who created it. Simply by looking around. Why just us? One tiny planet in the entire universe. Does that make any sense to you? Of the billions and billions of possibilities, thus far, it’s just us.

By observing the reality right in front of our eyes, we have to know that God is real. As Romans says, “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God” (Romans 1:20).

There is no excuse for not knowing God. It’s true. Just look around. Open your eyes and witness the wonder of this world and all of the incredible life that lives upon it. How can anyone do that and still deny God exists? If there is no excuse for not knowing God, there is also no excuse for not knowing what He says. We have His Word.

So, why do so many people deny? I believe a lot of people deny the existence of God so that they can be free of consequences. Live however they choose, and not in a way that brings glory and honor to the Lord. It is not new. In the Book of Judges, the prophet Samuel laments at how the Israelites had deteriorated as a people in so many ways. He writes, “In those days Israel had no king; all the people did whatever seemed right in their own eyes” (Judges 21:25). I find that to be such a relevant Scripture today. Too many people want what they want, and not what God wants. They have rejected the King – the King of Kings – and even go so far as to claim He does not exist. That way they can do whatever seems right in their own eyes. 

I don’t understand how anyone can one look around and not see, “The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship” (Psalm 19:1).            

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