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Tuesday, March 14, 2006

"Divine Design"

Photo of first Jonquil of 2006
First blooming Jonquil of 2006

"How many are your works, O LORD! In wisdom you made them all; the earth is full of your creatures" (Psalm 104:24).

Praying Mantis nestAny reader who's followed this series regularly over the years realizes that I enjoy both photography and nature.  Nature is a loud and powerful testimony of God's creative design. Here is a photo I took of a small nest in my backyard. Do you recognize what type of nest it is? *

The declaration of the Psalmist in today's Scripture text is so verifiable; "How many are your works O Lord!" I enjoy taking walks and observing God's works. Overhead I observe thousands of geese flying north in their typical V pattern. It's just a steady noisy stream, week after week, during the approaching spring season. This is just one tiny example of the reality that the earth is full of God's creatures.

But the part of the verse that I especially want to focus on today proclaims, "In wisdom you made them all." The devil and his minions mock the Biblical record of origins. Tearing away at this foundation has been a key part of Satan's plot in discrediting God and His plan.

But God's wisdom in design is demonstrated all throughout His creation. We observe this divine design from the vast macrocosm to the microcosm. "The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands" (Psalm 19:1).

When any part of the authority of the Bible is questioned it so easily leads to a domino effect in our view of other Scripture. That is why I'm very wary of any concessions regarding the authority of the Bible on any point. A major issue in which many feel they must concede is in regard to the Biblical teachings concerning origins as taught in Genesis.  But I declare today my steadfast belief that "The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth" (Isaiah 40: 28).  He is the divine designer!

Be encouraged today,

Stephen C. Weber

Brooksyne's Prayer:  Jesus, I'm so grateful for the four seasons that bring a fresh reminder of Your marvelous and inimitable works throughout the universe.  When the fresh spring rains fall to the earth or the strong winds blow the trees and strew the leaves into the air I'm mindful of Your mighty power.  Your works are so great and vast that in my lifetime I will see but only a fraction of Your creative handiwork.  In this unstable society I can be assured that You set the earth on its foundations and it can never be moved without Your command.

Brooksyne's Note:  I'm reminded today of how much of this world I will never visit or the creatures that God created that I will never see no matter how long I live.  When Stephen, Ester and I visited the New England Aquarium each summer I was in awe as I would see magnificent sea creatures that I never knew existed.  It's absolutely astounding and even somewhat overwhelming to consider all the works of God's creation that are yet to be discovered in this life.

As we prepared today's message a great old hymn of the Church came to mind and we found an audio version online that we feel may bless you. "I Sing the Mighty Power of God"
While searching for this song I also found a blessed song we both enjoy called "Your Grace Still Amazes Me."  It's not necessarily related to today's message but, my, is it a source of praise to God!  (Both these should open up and play on most computers.)

For additional study:
An excellent article on Scriptural authority.
"The Authority of the Scriptures" by D. Martin Loyd Jones
The Battle for Men's Souls Part 1
The Battle for Men's Souls Part 2

* Nest above is a praying mantis nest!

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