Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Grace in the order of creation



Great Egret photographed by Brian Goff
"The Lord is king! Let the earth rejoice;
    let the many coastlands be glad!" Psalm 97: 1
 
"For the Lord is a great God,
    and a great King above all gods.
In his hand are the depths of the earth;
    the heights of the mountains are his also.
The sea is his, for he made it,
    and the dry land, which his hands have formed." Psalm 95: 3-5


This thing called life is huge.  We witness God's majesty in nature, but that is not all there is to life.  Life overflows abundantly from every atom in the universe.  God created and ordered it, and it is in the order of life that God's true majesty is revealed.  

By using radio telescopes, we are able to actually witness the vast universe, and its immensity is mind boggling.  Even though we have speculated that  there may be other worlds in the universe similar to ours, we have yet to actually find any. The most barren and desolate place on earth contains more life than any planet we have found yet.  Even though living creatures cannot survive in an environment such as the sun, the environment of the entire universe is still an orchestrated part of life as we know it on earth. 

This order of life flows from God according to His great grace and mercy.  He somehow orchestrates the specific diet, habitat, and climate needs of the Great Egret in relationship to every other component of life on the earth and in the universe. The egret lives because everything works together to support its life.  If God orchestrated all of this for the egret, then His design for humans is astounding.

Just when we think that we can begin to understand the expanding greatness of God, we are faced with the minutiae of His love and grace.  Praise God!