Bella Vista Church of Christ

LIFELINES

06/21/2017

Charles Cash

 

GOD’S WONDERS

 

“Oh, the depth of the riches of the wisdom and knowledge of God!

How unsearchable His judgments, and His paths beyond tracing out!

 

Who has known the mind of the Lord? Or who has been His counselor?

Who has ever given to God, that God should repay Him?

For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.

To Him be the glory forever! Amen!”

(Romans 11:33-36)

 

  The above Doxology, written by the apostle Paul with partial quotations from Isaiah 40:13, was no doubt the inspiration for the English Playwright, William Cowper, to write the words of the beautiful hymn, “God Moves in a Mysterious Way.” These words were written in the year 1774.

 

“God moves in a mysterious way, His wonders to perform;

He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm.

 

Deep in unfathomable minds of never failing skill,

He treasures up His bright designs, and works His gracious will.

 

His purposes will ripen fast, unfolding every hour;

The bud may have a bitter taste, but sweet will be the flower.”

 

  God works His wonders in the universe. Our planet earth is in the Milky Way Galaxy. There are other galaxies extending billions and billions of miles away, with billions and billions of stars. NASA reports that there are 100 billion galaxies that average 100 billion stars each. They can never be reached by man. It would take millions and millions of years to get there even if we could travel at the speed of light, 186,252 miles per second. Mind boggling! One cannot even begin to wrap the mind around the vastness and wonder of the universe. No wonder the Psalmist wrote: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words the end of the world.” (Psalm 19:1-4)Notice that the heavens, the heavenly bodies, speak to man of the glory of God. God is revealed through His creation. Aristotle said, “The beauty, the ardor, the harmony of the universe is but an expression of the will of God.”

 

  God works His wonders in nature. Nature has been called “the garment of the living God.” Solomon wrote: “He has made everything beautiful in its time.” (Ecclesiastes 3;11) “In the beginning God created……” (Genesis 1:1) Nature is a vast autograph album with wondrous pages made up of mountain ranges, vast oceans, rivers, forests, hills, meadows and fields. All come with the signature of God. Everything we see in nature bears the stamp - “Made by God.”  George Washington Carver wrote: “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station through which God speaks to us every hour if we will only tune in.” Nahum said of God, “His way is in the whirlwind and the storm, and clouds are the dust of His feet.” (Nahum 1:3) Have you ever walked down a dusty path and looked behind you seeing the little dust puffs coming up from each step you make. How often do you see small, white, puffy cumulous clouds across the sky? Those are the dust puffs of God’s feet as he walks through the sky. Anti-scientific? It wasn’t written to be scientific! It is just a wonderful way of saying that God is to be seen in nature, His creation. Jesus saw beyond the beautiful “lily of the field” to the lily’s God. So should we! The wonder of intricate design is seen throughout God’s creation. Even Charles Darwin, when asked about the design in nature being evidence of an intelligent designer, said, “Well, that often comes over me with overwhelming force, but at other times it seems to go away.” How sad! There is only one explanation for the wonderful design in nature! God!

 

  God works His wonders in man. Man was created in the “likeness and image” of God. (Genesis 1:26-27) David said to God, “I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”(Psalm 139:14) Regardless of the packaging, man is heaven’s masterpiece, the crowning act of God’s creation. Man is a dual being, body and spirit. “Draw if thou canst, the mystic line—which is human, which is divine?” Robert Ingersoll, an outspoken atheist of a past generation, once gave this definition of man: “Man is a machine into which we put what we call food and produce what we call thought.” How shallow! How meaningless! The Bible gives a far different definition of man! David wrote: “When I consider your heavens, the work ofyour fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings (angels, God) and crowned him with glory and honor.” (Psalm 8:3-5)

 

“For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things.

To Him be the glory forever! Amen!”

 

  —Charles Cash