By Tim Frank
Pastor, First Baptist Church, Carthage
Focal Passage: Psalm 19:1-6; 111:7-10
I remember as a boy walking to the deer stand on cold, clear mornings, well before the sun began to dawn. On those nights, away from the lights of town, the stars filled the sky with an occasional shooting star passing in sight. Those were times of wonder and awe as I looked into the vastness of space. I could see the visible wonders of the universe and knew in my heart there is a God who created it all.
Many years have passed since those carefree days of discovery. Yet, through these years, my wonder and awe of the creative power of God has grown. As pictures from telescopes and space voyages reveal, the universe is much larger than we can see or grasp. With hundreds of millions of stars in our galaxy alone, the next nearest to our sun being 4.2 light years away, truly we can proclaim with the Psalmist in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament shows His handiwork.”
The universe, the sun, the stars and all creation are examples of what scholars call “General Revelation.” They give a witness to every person on the planet that there is a God. They do not use words or language, their voice is not heard, but the message is loud and clear. There is a God who is majestic, caring, creative, detail oriented and dependable. [Read more…]