by Pastor Jason Poling
I was recently reading a Star Wars Rebels book to one of my sons. One of the characters landed his ship on an asteroid. My son asked me what an asteroid was and one topic led to the next. We shut his science fiction book and opened up another “book” far stranger than fiction. One that “declares the glory of God” (Psalm 19). We began to talk about the heavens and all that is in them. Pretty soon, the rest of the family was drawn into our musings on the mysteries of the universe.
I love talking with my kids about the galaxies because it always leads to a greater wide-eyed wonder about the Being who put them there. Oftentimes, we fail to take God’s advice and “lift up our eyes to the heavens and see” (Isaiah 40:26). We allow our minds to get as stuck to the earth as our feet. Our minds and hearts must learn to look beyond our clod of dirt and see the stars. And when we see them, we will quickly arrive at the awe-inspiring answer to the question: “Who created these?”
There are really only two basic types of thinkers: one with his head down thinking about the dirt below, and one with his head up thinking about the stars above. The former tends to think he’s mastered the knowledge of all reality by being able to explain the things of earth. We fall into this. We understand biology. We know how to run a business. We can manage our finances. We know how to organize our day, get from one meeting to the next, and make decisions about life that keeps the show going.
The latter thinker usually realizes how little he knows about reality because of his inability to fully explain the things of heaven. The mystery of black holes, supernovas, relativity theory, and additional spatial dimensions flattens his ego. He may be able to “do life” on earth, but at the same time, he realizes that he still knows very little about life. It’s kind of like the difference between the fish in the aquarium, who feels smugly in control of his life because he’s figured out the exact time the flakes of food will drop out of the sky everyday, and the fish who is stunned and overwhelmed by the crazy fact that the sky actually drops down flakes of food everyday!
Meditating on something you can never fully understand is one of the best things for your soul. It humbles you. It keeps you from getting satisfied with your own thoughts, and makes you long for the thoughts of Someone far greater than yourself: the Creator of all the mysteries in the universe. This is why we need to study theology, and why we need to study theology with our kids. When we study the truths about God found in the Bible, we can know with certainty, His person and character and plans (Jeremiah 9:24). But yet, when we study theology, we also realize we will never know everything about God. This leaves us in a state of reverence and awe before Him (Deuteronomy 29:29; Romans 11:33).
For as long as I have breath, I want to take my kids (no matter their age) on a tour of God’s universe. I want to show them the many amazing truths revealed in God’s Word and World. But when I finish my role as tour guide, I hope I’ve dropped my kids off at the one place where their awe of God will forever be maximized. That place is the center of the universe. The place where all the vast mysteries of the heavens and earth hold together.
The scientists of our day are looking for that center. They seek a “unifier,” a theory that will explain how all the mind-blowing realities of the universe hold together and find ultimate meaning. I want my kids to know that what the scientists have been desperately looking for has already been found. In fact, the center of all things has always been known. The center, the unifier, is not an abstract theory. The Center, the Unifier, is a Person…and His name is Jesus.
— Stonebridge Church (@StonebridgeCR) February 2, 2016
“For by Him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities– all things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.” (Colossians 1:16-17)