Monday, July 7, 2014

"The Portal of Wonder"

    "In the beginning, God created the heaven and the earth" (Genesis 1:1).

    Had the Bible consisted only of its first verse, a lifetime and eternity would nevertheless await us with the opportunity to ponder with wonder so great a truth, depicting so great a being.

    The science of modern times has unveiled a universe more vast, beautiful, and complex than our minds can ever fathom or even imagine.  Scientists tell us, however, that despite our exponential advance in knowledge during these times, we know an infinitesimal fraction of that which can be known.   Many of them wonder no less than the believer when faced with the physical glory of all things.  Sadly, however, many wonder without worship, missing the sublime truth of Genesis 1:1, namely, that regarding the overwhelming mystery of the universe, a far great enigma presents itself to our minds and hearts...

    "Thou hast made all things" (Jeremiah 14:22).

    We do well to regularly visit Genesis 1:1 for the purpose of allowing the Spirit of God and the Word of God to declare to our hearts, in breathtakingly simple fashion, the glory of God.  The unfathomable and unimaginable sprang forth through the mere voice of the Maker of all things.  "Let all the earth fear the Lord: let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe before Him.  For He spake and it was done; He commanded and it stood fast" (Psalm 33:8-9).  Thus, regardless of how much we discover about the immensity, the infinitesimalness, and the complexity of things, a far greater consideration beckons us.  "All men shall fear, and shall declare the work of God; for they shall wisely consider of His doing" (Psalm 64:9).

    Our minds exist for the primary purpose of pondering their Creator.  The Scriptures exist to illuminate our consideration, providing enough light for a lifetime and eternity of thrilled amazement as we discover truths heretofore unknown, or gain clearer vision of sights already seen.  The first verse of the Bible opens the portal of wonder through which trusting hearts gaze to behold the source and reason for our being, and for all things.  With no preliminary explanation, fanfare, pomp, or circumstance, the Word of God opens with the fact of God's blindingly blazing glory of wisdom, power, ability, and wonder - "In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth."  Yes, frequent visits here will help maintain the thrilled fascination that fills our hearts with the wonder of the heaven and the earth, but far more, with their Maker

"O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God!  How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!"
(Romans 11:33)

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