Romans 1:20

Who designed snowflakes? Modern photography has captured their endless variety–all symmetrically beautiful, yet amazingly different! What about fur, in which we see not only hairs of varying colors adjacent to each other but also a different color on each individual hair from root to top? Or fire? You know–that phenomenon of nature that can be a lively flickering tip on top of a candle; a cozy warmth in a fireplace; ignited gas on our cooktops to cook our food or in our furnaces to heat our homes or hot water heaters so we can take comfortable showers–or a devastating force like the Camp Fire of Nov. 25th, which took eighty-five lives with eleven still missing and burned 153,336 acres, destroying nearly 14,000 residences. What, in fact, about all of the natural material world around us on Earth and which extends into the vast reaches of space as far as anything that actually exists does exist?

“God’s eternal power and character cannot be seen. But from the beginning of creation, God has shown what these are like by all He has made…” (Romans‬ ‭1:20‬ ‭CEV‬‬)

Do you ever just open your eyes and look around yourself at that which exists apart from any human contribution–because it’s amazing! And however you parse the evolutionary question, don’t you inevitably and eventually come back to the question of origin–how it all started?

I know, the Big Bang, but if so, Who caused the conditions that generated that? And who structured what we call the laws of nature–the rules and mechanisms for everything to develop as it does? Why is there the predictability and order and structure we observe throughout millennia? Why, for example, are babies of all species conceived and develop and are born and mature and age and eventually die–Who programmed them to do so? What about the unique set of circumstances that are conducive to life on earth above any other planet–our orbit around the sun at just the right distance, not too hot or too cold; a habitable zone where water can exist in liquid form; a moon that creates a gravitational pull; a stable rotation; constant gravity; a protective magnetic field; temperate zones; abundant liquid water; photosynthesis; electricity–all of the conditions that generate and sustain life? (

We can observe how our world functions and even hypothesize about how it began, but if you attempt to exclude God from your ideas, you’re left with the unresolved question of who began the very beginnings–and apart from an Originator far above anything material, no other answer makes sense, because in any experience, conditions have to be set up to facilitate what subsequently occurs. And this is the ultimate question any discussion of origins apart from God fails to answer satisfactorily.

But the Bible answers these questions. God existed apart from and before anything material–before Creation; in fact, “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” (Genesis‬ ‭1:1‬ ‭NIV‬‬)

And it is Jesus Christ who “In the beginning was…, and…was with God, and…was God…[through Whom] All things were made..without [Whom] nothing was made that was made,” (John‬ ‭1:1-3‬ ‭NKJV‬‬) Who is now “…upholding all things by the word of His power.” (Hebrews 1:3 NIV)

I suspect part of our problem is that we fail to rightly comprehend God; our minds do not fully grasp Him. Yet God is bigger and greater and so much more incredible than anything that materially occurred in time and space and matter–He is, in fact, its Originator; the Answer behind the unanswerable questions! And whatever childhood impressions of our origins as recorded in the first several chapters of Genesis we retain, they cant’t begin to do the reality justice because of the finite capacity of our human minds and comprehension.

And yet, once we’re done here we will understand it all, just as He now understands us: “Now we see [as if] a reflection in a mirror; then we will see face-to-face. Now I know partially, but then I will know completely in the same way that I have [already] been completely known [by Him].” (1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:12‬ ‭CEB‬‬)

So, Who designed the snowflakes and everything else we marvel at, or simply take for granted? You know Who!

Dear Lord,

Thank You that You show Your eternal power and majesty through Creation! Amen.

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