August 27, 2017

God Numbers Everything – Don R. Patton

Posted in Uncategorized at 6:00 am by sranderson0103

By Don R. Patton

“Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?” (Job 31:4)

I always found math interesting but was going to preach and foolishly considered it irrelevant. When eventually I began to focus on a science education, I found myself far behind and working hard to catch up. Once I did I found a fascinating new world.

I began to appreciate that God is the ultimate source of all mathematical concepts. All the intricacies of structure and process of His fascinating ordered cosmos are capable of being described mathematically, and it a critical goal of science to do just that. This astoundingly precise intelligibility of the universe inevitably points to a marvelous intelligence as its Creator.

We thought we had a pretty good rough estimate of the number of stars that exist in the heavens. Then, a report in the Astrophysical Journal, last October, demonstrated that our arrogant guesstimate was ridiculously silly.

“The ‘observable’ universe contains 10 to 20 times as many galaxies than previous estimates. That raises the total to somewhere between one and two trillion galaxies, which is up from the previous best estimate of 100 billion galaxies. Consequently, this means we also have to update the number of stars in the observable universe, which now numbers around 700 sextillion (that’s a 7 with 23 zeros behind it, or 700 thousand billion billion).”

Then, with a little more humility they add…

“The researchers say there must be a further 90 percent of galaxies in the observable universe that are too dim and far away for us to see using current telescopes.”

If that doesn’t boggle your mind, you are un-boggleable. But, while you are trying to get your mind around that, remember that God has counted and identified each one!

“He counts the number of the stars; He gives names to all of them. Great is our Lord and abundant in strength; His understanding is infinite,” (Psalm 147:4-5).

We wonder, “Why such an unfathomably vast creation?” David explains that the heavens are designed to give us a glimmer of insight into His glory.

“The heavens are telling of the glory of God; And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day to day pours forth speech, And night to night reveals knowledge,” (Psalms 19:1-2).

Jesus makes a similar point from the opposite direction:

“…the host of heaven cannot be counted and the sand of the sea cannot be measured,…” (Jeremiah 22:33).

God has also created… “an innumerable company of angels” (Hebrews 12:22 NKJV).

The shepherd, David, spent a lot of time looking at the heavens. He saw and comprehended more than the foolish, atheistic astronomers with multimillion dollar telescopes.

“Many, O LORD my God, are the wonders which You have done, And Your thoughts toward us; There is none to compare with You. If I would declare and speak of them, They would be too numerous to count.” (Psalm 40:5).

Job’s faith expresses the practical application of these concepts.

“Does He not see my ways And number all my steps?” (Job 31:4)

If He has numbered each hair on our heads, and counted every star, we can be certain He numbers our steps along the way, and guides them all.

“The steps of a man are established by the LORD, And He delights in his way.” (Psalms 37:23).

Adapted from an article by Henry Morris

 

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