August 8

Hebrews 11:1-3

“By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was made from things that are not visible.” vs. 3

Our faith ancestors had a strong conviction that the universe came into existence by the word of God. It wasn’t something that they could prove or even explain very well, but it was the foundation of their belief system. Through the years as we’ve gained important scientific knowledge about our origins some have concluded that there are natural explanations for existence…and a god need not be involved. Many others, however, even while accepting the findings of science, continue to trust that God is the creator. Some of these say that the universe itself is the presence of God, that the visible came out of the invisible as an explosion of light, a kind of “Big Bang.” This understanding seems rooted in the hearts of humans and perhaps accounts for the deep feelings of awe and wonder that come to us in natural settings. Perhaps it’s that observation that has sparked the worship rituals of indigenous people. Again, there’s no way that such ideas can meet the rigid demands of science. No experiment can demonstrate the existence of God! But by faith many continue to believe that all things have come into being through the word of God. In their estimation life itself makes sense only when God is added to the equation.

Thought for the Day: What’s lacking when God is not in the equation?

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