The heavens are telling the glory of God; and the firmament proclaims his handiwork. Day to day pours forth speech, and night to night declares knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard; Yet their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.- Psalm 19:1-4 (NRSV)
My son was never much for learning about anything he couldn’t see, feel and most importantly, apply. It was difficult to convince him of the importance of learning history, for instance, because he didn’t see events in the past as being relevant to his life. To him it didn’t matter in the slightest who started World War I, or who was president in 1983- except that those events and those people in history really do affect his life. We all live with the decisions and the consequences of the actions of others in the past.
Now that he is older and has taken much interest in engineering and physics (things one can generally see, feel and apply) he has learned that in some way, even though it might not be readily noticeable or even perceptible, everything affects everything else in some way. One of the major quests in theoretical physics today is something physicists refer to as the “Theory of Everything.” Supposedly there is a magic equation that explains the birth, evolution and interaction of all time and space and matter, and so forth. Perhaps it should be possible to prove in an equation that all creation is interrelated, but as people of faith we trust that it all comes forth from the same all powerful God.
It is curious how science and religion are not so far apart, and how in so many ways they complement rather than contradict each other.
This is the reason why we study Scripture- so that we can connect to God’s story and carry it on. The lives of the people in the Biblical narrative are still touching and changing lives today, through us. God moves and works in and through His people. This is part of the Good News of the Gospel, that because Jesus has risen and defeated death and the grave, we are free to live too.
For good or for ill, we are all part of the same creation. What we do and who we are matters. God created us for a distinct purpose. God the Creator is clearly revealed in His creation.
How is God being revealed in our lives today?