Refreshment in Refuge
by Gina Burgess
Job 38 has a huge list of things that God designed.
Job 38:4 Where were you when I founded the earth? Declare if you know understanding.
Adam was only a twinkle in His daddy's eye! I do not understand how God spoke and brought the universe from nothing.
Job 38:5 Who has set its dimensions, for you know? Or who has stretched a line on it?
Oh... yes! God stretched a line around the earth's middle and we can see it from space. Job didn't have the faintest notion what the line meant or looked like. He could not see the "big picture" that we can see by turning on NASA channel. But he believed God anyway.
Job 38:6 On what were its bases sunk? Or who cast its cornerstone, 7 when the morning stars sang together, and all the sons of God shouted for joy?
We know all about gravity and how it interacts with mass and how motion has a lot to do with positioning in space. Job was a herdsman, albeit very rich, but he did not have a PhD from MIT. Today we know gravity, the answer to this question, even learn it in 11th grade science class or in physics class, but knowing it doesn't give us greater insight to God's personality.
Job 38:8 Or who shut up the sea with doors, when it burst out; it came forth from the womb?
Lots of archaeology evidence of the Great Flood. Lots of historical accounts of it dating before Moses. So, therefore, Moses must have copied the story from other sources, right? No.
Job 38:9 When I made the clouds to clothe it, and darkness its navel-band; 10 and I broke My limit on it and set bars and doors; 11 and I said, You shall come to here, but no further; and here your proud waves shall be set?
Tides, ebbs, moon's gravitational pull. Science explains to us what God means by bars and doors and waves being set. It is only from other forces such as earthquakes that the waves' set is pushed back beyond the normal high tide. But there is a door and a bar where the water cannot go beyond. Only God did that.
Job 38:12 Have you commanded the morning from your days, and caused the dawn to know its place?
We have pictures from space of the dawn/dusk boundaries, but we can no more push back the dawn than we can halt a tsunami. We've walked along the sand boundaries of the seas, seen the top of cloud covering as we fly over, and we've gazed at the "navel-band" of darkness when our astronauts film it as they circle the earth.
We have pictures from 4 miles under the ocean's surface that depict mountains and trenches of the seabed, and indeed man has walked the ocean's depths... but only recently.
Tell me how these things could have just happened, and I'll listen. Tell me how DNA, the spleen, brain electro neurological connections, and nerve endings could just happen without intelligent design. Show me how the Mona Lisa or the Sistene Chapel could just appear.
We still cannot comprehend the hugeness of earth. We compare how "small" it is compared to how "large" Saturn and Jupiter are, and we compare how "small" they are to the vastness of the Sun. Can we truly comprehend how big earth is?
In the pictures from space only 200 miles from the earth's surface, a human being cannot be discerned, and cities look like splashes of light.
As gigantically tall as the tallest building in the world is, it isn't visible from the window of the space station.
And yet, God loved us so much that He gave His only begotten Son so that whosoever believed on Him would never perish, but would have life eternal.
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She is the author of several books including: When Christians Hurt Christians, The Crowns of the Believers and others available in online bookstores. She authors several columns, using her God-given talent to shine a light in a dark world. You can browse her blog at Refreshment In Refuge.
If you'd like to take a look at some Christian fiction and Christian non-fiction book reviews before the books hit the book store shelves, check out Gina's book reviews at Upon Reflection
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