Our Great God

Proverbs 25:2 reads, “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings to search out a matter.”  What is the meaning?  One writer comments, “The roles of God and the King are compared.  God, whose knowledge is above all human knowledge (cf. Psalm 92:5; Ecclesiastes 3:11; Isaiah 46:10; Acts 15:18; Hebrews 4:13), and whose ways are unsearchable (cf. Job 5:9; Psalm 145:3; Isaiah 40:28), keeps things to Himself because He needs no counsel (see Romans 11:34).  On the contrary, kings should seek to know what they must know in order to rule righteously” (John MacArthur, The MacArthur Bible Commentary).  I do believe this to be the meaning. 

However, let’s approach this another way.  Nature reveals the glory of God (e.g., Psalm 8:3; 19:1; Romans 1:20).  When Kings (or rulers) look into creation it reveals God’s glory (whether they understand it or not). The micro search reveals the glory of God.  Think about DNA.  Wayne Jackson writes, “Though the DNA contains a very definite code for the production of living things, the message per se does not reveal its origin… The important point here is this: a programmed message is not self-explanatory in terms of origin.  One must assume that someone write the initial program.  A program does not write itself!” (Wayne Jackson, The Human Body: Accident or Design? p.10-11).  Norman Geisler and Frank Turek write, “Richard Dawkins… admits that the message found in just the cell nucleus of a tiny amoeba is more than all thirty volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica combined, and the entire amoeba has as much information in its DNA as 1,000 complete sets of Encyclopedia Britannica.  Now we must emphasize that these 1,000 encyclopedias do not consist of random letters but of letters in a very specific order – just like real encyclopedias.  So, here’s the key question… if simple messages such as ‘take out the garbage -Mom’ ‘Mary loves Scott’ and ‘Drink Coke’ require an intelligent being then why doesn’t a message 1,000 encyclopedias long require one?” (Norman Geisler and Frank Turek, I Don’t Have Enough Faith to be an Atheist, p. 116).

DNA evidence has changed some minds.  Antony Flew renounced his atheism, after considering DNA evidence.  “DNA research, he said, ‘has shown, by the almost unbelievable complexity of the arrangements which are needed to produce life, that intelligence must have been involved’” (Antony Flew, Philosopher and Ex-Atheist Dies at 87 by William Grimes, April 16, 2010, nytimes.com). 

The macro search also reveals the glory of God.  Think about Voyager 1 and Voyager 2.  They were launched in 1977.  I was 12 years old at the time.  Their primary missions was to fly by Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune.  They have now been traveling through space for more than 44 years.  Voyager 1 left our solar system and entered interstellar space in 2012.  Voyager 2 entered interstellar space in 2018.  Voyager 1 is reportedly traveling at 38,000 miles-per-hour.  Voyager 2 is reportedly traveling at over 35,000 miles-per-hour (Voyager.jpl.nasa-gov).  Voyager 1 is reportedly over 14 billion miles from earth or more than 155 AU.  Voyager 2 is reportedly over 12 billion miles from earth or nearly 130 AU (ibid).  AU or Astronomical Unit is a unit of length equal to the mean distance between Earth and the Sun (astronomical unit, Britannica.com).

Space is vast.  The moon is an average of about 240,000 miles from earth.  The sun is an average of about 93 million miles from earth.  However, these things are relatively near.  “If we drew a map of the milky way galaxy, and represented the earth and the sun as two dots one inch apart (thus a scale of one-inch equals 93 million miles…) We would need a map at least four miles wide to locate the next nearest star and a map 25,000 miles wide to reach the center of our galaxy (Bert Thompson and Wayne Jackson, The Case of the existence of God, p. 19). 

Think of the number of stars.  It is estimated that the unaided human eye can potentially see 3,000 stars in the night sky under the right conditions.  However, there are far more.  Carl Sagan estimated that there could be 10 billion trillion stars (Carl Sagan, Billions and Billions, p. 3) Whatever the number, it is large.

What are we to make of this?  Some claim that this shows man’s insignificance.  Others claim that this suggests that there may be other life out there.  I believe that the lesson to take away is: How great our God is! (cf. Psalm 8:3; 19:1). 

   Oh Lord my God, when

I in awesome wonder

consider all the works

Thy hands have made,

I see the stars, I hear

the rolling thunder,

Thy pow’r thruout

the universe displayed!

Then sings my soul,

My Savior God, to Thee;

How great Thou art,

how great Thou art!

Then sings my soul,

My Savior God, to Thee;

How great Thou art,

how great Thou art!

(How Great Thou Art by Carl Boberg)

About Bryan Hodge

I am a minister and missionary to numerous countries around the world.
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