To get a perspective of how remarkable the universe is I always go to Job of the Old Testament. When I read these passages, it is clear to me that earth was planned in its position, not a random event caused by an uncontrolled explosion.
He stretches out the north over empty space;
He hangs the earth on nothing.
The book of Job proves nothing to the person who is uninterested in hearing the truth, any alternative, or any explanation for how the wonders of our world occurred. I find the questions found here establish more evidence of a thoughtful, creative entity- who planned every event, every rank and every parallel between them.
V.8 He bindeth up the waters in his thick clouds; and the cloud is not rent under them. [Imagine a cloud which is made up of nothing more than gases, bearing the tremendous weight of water, enough to supply an inch or more over a large area! Then the water is released only as directed, whether it is just enough, too much, too little or just exactly right and in exactly the right place. ]
V. 10 He hath compassed the waters with bounds, until the day and night come to an end.
[How were the boundaries of the seas and oceans, lakes and rivers determined? How were the balance of day and night, the seasons, and the passing of time established?
Chapters 37 and 38 ask questions that science cannot answer satisfactorily. Yes, scientists do have their answers, and they are measured out to appear accurate and infallible. But ask yourself if the calculations of science explain how a big bang enabled the day to day continuing functioning of all living beings, and how they came to be recorded in the bible; which has been proven (by science) to have existed for centuries.
Some other favorites in these chapters include:
Job 38:6 whereupon are the foundations(of the world) thereof fastened? or who laid the corner stone thereof;
For he saith to the snow, Be thou [on] the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength.
Then the beasts go into dens, and remain in their places. [how have creatures understood the need for hibernation, and have the ability to lower their metabolism when winter made food scarcer?]
By the breath of God frost is given: and the breadth of the waters is straitened.
Dost thou know the balancings of the clouds, the wondrous works of him which is perfect in knowledge?
[Can you determine where clouds will be hanging in the sky, in any given place on earth, at any given time?]
Hast thou with him spread out the sky,(which is) strong, (and) as a molten looking glass? [how was it determined that just enough sky spread above every location on earth, with just the right amount of elements for seasonal weather changes, the perfect balance for returning oxygen to us, and just the right buffer between earth and the upper atmosphere; is available to us without the asking, or without a written request?]
Hast thou entered into the springs of the sea? or hast thou walked in the search of the depth? [how are the oceans just the right depth for just the right number and type of creatures to be sustained by just the right number of food-prey? How are they spread like a carpet from shore to shore, in a pattern we could not mimic?]
Where (is) the way (where) light dwelleth? and (as for) darkness, where (is) the place thereof? [How does the sun arrive on schedule, without fail; and depart as expected, without fail – in every part of the world at the same time?
Who hath divided a watercourse for the overflowing of waters, [how does the water determine its path, and overflow in a particular course over rocks, and downward, crashing below- only in designated areas of the world? How is that there are/were courses for rivers to fill up when needed, and for lakes to spill into gullies and low areas without harm?]
or a way for the lightning of thunder; [Where does lightening begin, where does it go, what determines that it will accompany this storm, and that- but not another?]
There are so many examples such as this that cause us to either believe, or to not believe. The pictures of these conditions cause wonder in my soul. How could I experience the same awe believing that it all happened coincidentally? Only God can cause awe.
The book of Job not only causes our hearts to marvel at the answers we might imagine, it also extols on the abilities of God. Can you envision an entity capable of rendering all the tiny details of creation? Can you visualize someone so much bigger, so much more powerful, so beyond our ability to understand- that can balance our life’s passages, our experiences, our emotional ups and downs? Can we wrap our brains around this something, and allow God to be all encompassing? God Himself, and His disciples of the written word told us not to try to understand. God did not give to us the ability to understand his doings, or else how would we wonder, how would we stand in reverent awe? How would He be God?
Job 37:7 He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know His work.
Proverbs 3:5-6 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto your own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him and He shall direct thy paths.”
April Boyer © January 2, 2010
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