Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth”
Hebrews 11:3, “The worlds were framed by the word of God”
Albert Einstein said, “Everyone who is seriously interested in the pursuit of science becomes convinced that a spirit is manifest in the laws of the Universe – a spirit vastly superior to that of man, and one in the face of which we with our modest powers must feel humble.” Einstein further stated, “My religion consists of a humble admiration of the illimitable superior Spirit who reveals Himself in the slight details we are able to perceive with our frail and feeble minds. That deeply emotional conviction of the presence of a superior reasoning power, which is revealed in the incomprehensible universe, forms my idea of God” and Robert Jastrow, Director of NASA’s Goddard Institute for Space Studies penned these words, “I am fascinated by some strange developments going on in astronomy, … The astronomical evidence leads to a biblical view of the origin of the world.”
At one time or another you probably have looked up into the heavens on a clear night – or felt a tiny baby grip your finger – and been filled with awe and wonder? I know I have! The world is filled with awe and wonder everywhere we look. So, who made all of this? Did it just happen? Or is there really a God who, as the Bible says, “created the heaven and the earth”? Can anyone really deny it? If you say there is no God, then all the wonders around you are just an accident. The billions of stars in the sky just happened to make themselves and generate their own power to keep on course. The land just happens to have topsoil without which nothing could grow. The air we breathe – only 50 miles deep and exactly the right composition to support life – is just another accident in the laws of physics. Can you believe these things just happened? Isn’t it more reasonable to believe that a supreme mind is behind all of this and everything that exists?
Take the deposits of coal, zinc, gold and uranium. Did they get there by accident? And what prevents lakes from freezing solid from top to bottom, making it impossible for fish to survive? Why does the earth spin at a given speed without slowing up so that we have day and night? Who tilts it so that we get seasons? No one really knows the why and how of the magnetic pulls. Or think of the sun stoking a fire just warm enough to sustain us on earth, but not hot enough to fry us or cold enough to freeze us. Who keeps the fire constant? And what about the human body – an intricate combination of bones, muscles, nerves and blood vessels.
Consider the human brain, which has far greater capacity than any computer we have ever imagined. The kidneys contain approximately 280 miles of tiny tubes, and in the course of a day filter 185 quarts of water from the blood. And then there is the heart, an unbelievable rugged organ: a four-chamber, four-valve pump that handles approximately 5,000 gallons of blood a day – almost enough to fill a railroad tank car. It supplies a circulatory system with about 12,000 miles of vessels and, in the course of a lifetime, beats two and one half billion times. All the blood in your body is pumped through your heart every minute while your heart beats 100,800 times a day. Before you say “There is no God,” think of and digest these marvels.
Matthew Henry said this regarding the first verse of the Bible, “It gives us a satisfying and useful account of the origin of the earth and the heavens. The faith of humble Christians understands this better than the fancy of the most learned men. From what we see of heaven and earth, we learn the power of the great Creator. And let our make and place as men, remind us of our duty as Christians, always to keep heaven in our eye, and the earth under our feet. The Son of God, one with the Father, was with him when he made the world; nay, we are often told that the world was made by him, and nothing was made without him. Oh, what high thoughts should there be in our minds, of that great God whom we worship, and of that great Mediator in whose name we pray! And here, at the beginning of the sacred volume, we read of that Divine Spirit, whose work upon the heart of man is so often mentioned in other parts of the Bible. Observe that at first there was nothing desirable to be seen, for the world was without form, and void; it was confusion, and emptiness. In like manner the work of grace in the soul is a new creation: and in a graceless soul, one that is not born again, there is disorder, confusion, and every evil work: it is empty of all good, for it is without God; it is dark, it is darkness itself: this is our condition by nature, till Almighty grace works a change in us”
As part of a marketing campaign to attract subscribers, National Geographic magazine produced a remarkable brochure called 10 Pictures You will Never Forget. Included in the pamphlet were photos such as astronaut Buzz Aldrin on the moon, Mount St. Helens erupting, a Brazilian jaguar sprawled across a tree branch, and a cherubic Russian schoolgirl signaling her age. As I gaze at this brochure, I’m reminded that these 10 unforgettable scenes are only possible because of 10 unforgettable words, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1).
In this present age of sophisticated sciences, we can be influenced to miss this key point because so much of what we read assumes a godless origin of this world. My brethren, we need to remind ourselves that God, our Creator, made the moon, mountains, stars, jaguars, and created man in His image from the dirt of the earth.
His eternal Word tells many times that God is the first cause behind all that is, “You have made … the earth and everything on it” (Nehemiah 9:6), or “You laid the foundation of the earth” (Psalm 102:25). He is “the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them” (Acts 14:15). It’s just 10 words; however, don’t ever forget them because they are the foundation of all the beauty and majesty of the universe. Yes, God speaks to us through His marvelous creation. Thus, His power and majesty are inescapable if we would only just pause to listen.
The Lord’s creation you’ll adore
As you observe each day unfold;
Let your imagination soar
As you His handiwork behold – Branon
All creation is filled with signs that point to the Creator and bears His signature.