Thursday, September 25, 2003

On Sunday afternoon as we were all taking it easy, a major project of NASA was coming to an end. The Galileo Spacecraft was crashing into the surface of Jupiter. This was bringing an end to a 14 year mission that was doing the first detailed study of Jupiter. This space project has brought back some of the most amazing pictures of space that we have ever seen. We now have close up pictures of the Great Red Spot. We have learned that there appears to be thunderstorms surrounding the Great Red Spot. We have made an educated guess that winds are blowing at over 300 mph on the planet. We become frightened on earth when our weatherman begins to warn us of a possible approaching category 5 hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico (winds greater than 155). Jupiter experiences winds double what we see here on earth. The forces at work in the universe at stunning.

But even after all the work that has been done, we still have only scratched the surface of God's creation. But each discover should cause us to be in awe of the power and wisdom of the Lord God. Genesis simply says that "God spoke" on the fourth day and the sun, moon and stars were created. Genesis says that God saw that it was good. The power to speak into existence the universe in all of its glory ought to cause us to walk in a quiet trust in the power of God to take care of us his children.

We ought immediately be taken to Psalms 8. The Psalmist David says, "When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have ordained; What is man that You take thought of him, and the son of man that You care for him? Yet You have made him a little lower than God, and You crown him with glory and majesty! Youu make him to rule over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet, all sheep and oxen, and also the beasts of the field, The birds of the heavens and the fish of the sea, whatever passes through the paths of the seas."

As awesome and overwhelming as the universe is, the greatest of God's creation is man and he has given us the awesome responsibility to serve Him in His creation. When was the last time you stop to consider our Lord's heavens and the work of His fingers?

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