I recently started reading through the book of Jeremiah, and, as expected, I have been learning a bit about the nation of Israel turning away from the Lord. One verse in particular held my attention extra long. “…They, their kings, their princes and their priests and their prophets, who say to a tree, ‘You are my father,’ and to a stone, ‘You gave me birth.’ For they have turned their back to Me, and not their face; but in the time of their trouble they will say, ‘Arise and save us.” -Jeremiah 2:26b-27.
It made me think about our wonderful tree-hugging, Mother Earth-loving zeit-geist. Even though this was written to the Jews over 2000 years ago, it still rings true for our culture today. We would rather lean on our own understanding and let the stars direct our paths than acknowledge the Lord. But no matter how we try to veil the facts or just ignore the truth, there really is a holy and righteous God who created this mind-blowing universe.
“The heavens are telling the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. Day unto day pours forth speech, and night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words; their voice is not heard. Their [sound] has gone out through all the earth, and their utterances to the end of the world. In them He has placed a tent for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber; it rejoices as a strong man to run his course. Its rising is from one end of the heavens, and its circuit to the other end of them; and there is nothing hidden from its heat.” -Psalm 19:1-6.
I’ve become interested in astronomy lately, and these verses only amplify my curiosity and amazement. When my family and I went to the Creation Museum a week or two ago we got to go to their planetarium. It was absolutely astounding! Not only was the program well laid out and the graphics visually mind-boggling, but the sheer fact of how big this place is and how God made it just for His glory and our enjoyment brought tears to my eyes. Even the name Proxima Centauri still gives me chills down my back. All those light years, globular clusters, and other solar systems really make one feel small. And to think, the God who made all that made us! My brain is about to explode from amazement!