Having a background in science, I often ponder the scientific evidence supporting the existence of God. The latest discoveries—in fields including astronomy, biology, and oceanography—are fascinating reading pointing to a universe showing confirmation of the hand of a Creator. The proofs are impossible to deny and are right in front of our noses. It’s irrefutable. While there are a myriad of validations, let’s look at light, our human body, and the seasons.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that [women] are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20, NIV)
During a recent summer road trip, we had an inspiring conversation with a retired eye doctor about the physics of light. Unfortunately my expertise in this area isn’t quite up to par because I met my future husband in college physics (we were lab partners), and I wasn’t paying as much attention to the class as I should have been. So, I’ll sketch out the basics we discussed that evening. Light is a fundamental component of our universe, acknowledged when we read in Genesis 1:3, “And God said, ‘Let there be light,’ and there was light.” Our human vision only sees a small portion, from 400-700 nanometers, in the light wavelength range. Multiple times in scripture Jesus refers to himself as “the light of the world.” (John 8:12, 9:5, and 12:46) There is a possible analogy between His presence, which we don’t see, and the unseen wavelengths of the light spectrum. Explaining phenomena on a scale too small to see with our eyes, quantum physics is the theory connecting the energy of photons and light wavelength. Suffice it to say, though, there is much you and I can’t see directly or fully understand, but which is very real. It’s also interesting to note a “star in the east” proclaimed the birth of Jesus—a great light.
And He fashioned our human bodies. The DNA, the mitochondria, the nerve synapses—all designed to the tiniest detail and not a random occurrence. Our God is a God of order, not chaos, and He perfectly shaped and intertwined our functioning bodies. King David describes in Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) how he was woven together: “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful I know that full well.”
As our seasons change, I see God’s fingerprint in the cadence of His creation. Haven’t you wondered why the daffodils and tulips know to burst forth every spring? Or why the trees lose their leaves every autumn? Or why there are cycles to the moon along with low and high tides? Or why there is day and night? The design is masterful and authored by the Master himself. “The moon marks off the seasons, and the sun knows when to go down. You bring darkness, it becomes night ….” (Psalm 104:19-20a, NIV) These orderly laws of nature are not an accident, not chance, but God’s pulse in the days, the months, and the years.
It’s irrefutable—a universe formed and fashioned by the hand of the Creator.
Take a thorough look at God’s creation—the mountains, the oceans, the forests, the rivers, and the lakes. Screaming out at us, it testifies of His existence. According to Romans 1:20, today’s featured scripture, we are without excuse and are accountable for what He has revealed to us “from what has been made.” He manifests himself to us through His creation.
Father God, You are an awesome God and your creation is magnificent. I look around me and marvel at the display of your hand in all you formed and fashioned. I thank you for the intricacies of science which show you are irrefutable.
“When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is man that you are mindful of him the son of man that you care for him?” (Psalm 8:3-4, NIV)
“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” (Psalm 19:1, NIV)
“I form the light and create darkness.” (Isaiah 45:7a, NIV)
“You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.” (Revelation 4:11, NIV)
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