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Monday, November 14, 2005

The greatness of God

Sometimes I really have a hard time grasping the greatness and even the complete reality of God. Am I the only one - don't think so.

We all have a tendancy to try to refine God, put him in a box, believe in a God of our own making. And just about the time we think we have Him all figured out - bam, something happens that causes us to shake our head and say, "what in the world?" (kind of like my golf game.

But that's not the right question. The better question is, "what in heaven?"

Psalms 139 states:
"For the director of music. Of David. A psalm.
1 O Lord, you have searched me
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you know it completely, O Lord.
5 You hem me in—behind and before;
you have laid your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
if I make my bed in the depths,a you are
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
the night will shine like the day,
for darkness is as light to you.
13 For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
15 My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place.
When I was woven together in the depths of the earth,
16 your eyes saw my unformed body.
All the days ordained for me
were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
17 How precious tob me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them!
18 Were I to count them,
they would outnumber the grains of sand.
When I awake,
I am still with you.
19 If only you would slay the wicked, O God!
Away from me, you bloodthirsty men!
20 They speak of you with evil intent;
your adversaries misuse your name.
21 Do I not hate those who hate you, O Lord,
and abhor those who rise up against you?
22 I have nothing but hatred for them;
I count them my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 See if there is any offensive way in me,
and lead me in the way everlasting

God is desiring to reveal himself to us!

I read this article today from CNN which shows the awesomeness of God:

LONDON, England (Reuters) -- Chinese scientists said on Wednesday they had gathered evidence that shows a giant object in the center of our galaxy is a super-massive black hole.

Zhi-Qiang Shen and researchers at the Shanghai Astronomical Observatory captured radio waves emitted just beyond the edge of the mysterious object, known as Sagittarius A, with a system of 10 radio telescopes spread across the United States.

In a report in the science journal Nature they said it "provides strong evidence that Sgr A is a super-massive black hole."

The celestial objects that suck in everything around them including light are among the most mysterious objects in the universe. They are formed when matter from a dying star collapses under its own gravity.

Black holes have been described as the ultimate victory over gravity because of their ability to suck in stars and other galactic features.

Scientists have long suspected the presence of a black hole in the center of the Galaxy. Astronomers believe it is four million times more massive than our Sun.

The research reported in Nature suggests the black hole is as wide as the radius of the Earth's orbit.

"These observations provide strong evidence that Sgr A is indeed a black hole, and afford a glimpse of the behavior of the matter that is about to flow into it," said Christopher Reynolds, of the University of Maryland in the United States, in a commentary in the journal.

He described the findings as a further step towards capturing an image of the shadow around the edge of a black hole, which would be a classic test of Albert Einstein's general theory of relativity.

The theory predicts that massive bodies -- planets, stars or black holes -- actually twist time and space around as they spin.

God is great! God is awesome!

1 comment:

Jon said...

Now I'm confused. We have a black hole at the center of our galaxy that is supposed to be sucking everything inward...but our galaxy is expanding according to some scientists who cite the "Big Bang Theory." All I know is that God is awesome and in charge...I'd like to understand all of that scientific stuff but it's not high on my priority list at this point. Knowing more about God and going about my life according to His plan is my focus at the moment...and for the remainder of my life. Those scientists get all excited about mysterious stuff like this...I get excited because God lets them discover something else about our world/universe.

I've found that science verifies God's Word...did you see that they found some pottery last week that showed a Philistine guy named Goliath lived in the area indicated in the Bible during the time of the story of David and Goliath...they had to have proof and even then, some scientists remarked that it proved nothing. Some choose not to see because they don't like to admit there is a being greater than they...God is greater, He is awesome and the Creator of all we know and will ever know...and He's kind enough to let us see a portion of His creation as we need.

Science is great but it, along with everything else, is a creation of the one true God. He created it for the doubters...I pray that they learn from it.

Even in our doubt, God loves us and provides for our needs. That's a great God!

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