The Wonders Never Cease

"Blessed be the Lord God, the God of Israel, who only doeth wondrous things. And blessed be His glorious name for ever: and let the whole earth be filled with His glory; Amen, and Amen." (Psalm 72:18-19)

It's amazing how people think at the speed they do. The lightning-cascade of thought and meaning and consequence happens and their face screws and scrunches up into an image of detestation and disagreement. If they do. Disagree, that is.

Considering the encroaching tide of data that seeks to negate God's station as Creator (and existence, period), you'd think more and more people of faith would be leaving the church, citing the age of the earth and the infallibility of science as well as His seeming lack of involvement. What with the ever-expanding sources of information and all. This attitude is something, I'm guessing, that those of a materialist bent possess. How can they not see it? Au contraire. My attitude, in spite of the complexity and wonder and beauty of the natural world, is precisely the same leveled at them with reference to God. How can they not see Him? Oh yeah:

"In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine upon them." (2 Corinthians 4:4)

Most things can be deduced from their constituent parts. Most things. We look at matter and break it down and we think we know. Molecules. Atoms. Quarks, gluons, leptons. Higgs bosons*. Neutrinos. The wonders never cease. Rewind time back past six-thousand years and find that it goes back further, supposedly negating the opening volleys of the Book of Genesis (although creationists/intelligent design advocates might want to look at how the science they use to tabulate the age of Old Testament incidents is the same that says the earth is older than six-thousand). Okay. I'm with ya. But so is Jesus: Consider the story in Luke's Gospel, of the road to Emmaus. When Jesus showed up and walked with them, they didn't even realize it was Him. This is the state of much of the world, Christian and non. One of the two men might as well represent the non-believing, because we're all in this together. Notice Jesus' brilliance in expounding the events leading up to that time. "What things?" He asks them. He knew, though. "And" it says, "beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the scriptures the things concerning Himself." (Luke 24:27, emphasis mine) Look what Paul said in his second letter to the Corinthians: "lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine upon them." It's about Jesus. The Holy Spirit will witness to none other. I say all of that to say that our position as Christians is not to debate the fine points of geology and paleontology (note: not named after William Paley, don't make that inference) or neuroscience with reference to the spiritual. That is, unless you're called to do so. No, our job is to witness to Christ. His beauty. His wonder. His love. No one can resist that. Oh, they can, don't kid yourself. The battle lines have even been drawn in unbelief over His historicity and Godhood and all that. It would seem that unbelief doesn't know when to quit. But you know. You believe. How can they not see Him? The wonders never cease. And after He left the two at Emmaus, they exclaimed among themselves "did not our heart burn within us, while He talked by the way, and while He opened to us the scriptures?" (24:32) The same thing is happening to a lesser or greater degree with everyone who doesn't see Him. It's not a matter of "the age of rocks", it's a matter of "the Rock of Ages". (And no, I didn't come up with that myself.) He's walking with us, pointing things out, pointing the way. And when He opens our eyes to the wonder around us...

"For Thou art great, and doest wondrous things: Thou art God alone." (Psalm 86:10)

When someone seeks to substantiate their existence, that most wondrous of gifts that God gives, on anything other than Jesus, they'll ever search with smoldering hearts.

*As of writing, the Higgs hadn't been discovered but something resembling it was seen on July 4th, 2012.

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