Ps. 8:3-4

“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 . . .?”


Isn't the universe a wonderful place?  Have you noticed how well everything seems to work together?  Stars and planets and asteroids and moons are all moving at tremendous speeds, and yet things rarely collide.  The interactions of things on our own little planet are amazingly complex and yet, in spite of what the doomsayers tell us every day, everything works together.  Even our own bodies are an amazing bit of engineering--we have all kinds of different parts that do different kinds of things and yet they all come together to produce "us."  We can see from the things that God has made that He is a God of order. 
Of course we have to remember that the universe doesn't operate on its own accord.  It was designed by its Creator to do certain things and to not do certain things.  Planets and stars can’t speed up or slow down or stop just because they feel like it.  They have no ability to decide to go this way rather than that way.  They have no will of their own, and therefore can't be disobedient to the plan and purpose of God. 

But how about people?  We too were created to do certain things and to not do certain things.  The difference is that we sometimes fail to do the very things for which we were created.  And, of course, we sometimes get involved in things that were not part of God’s design.  Unlike asteroids and stars, we obviously need to learn obedience.  That too is part of God’s orderly plan.  He sent his Holy Spirit, His infallible Word and His Son to be our teachers.  It is from them that we learn what to do and what to avoid.  Truly, His Word is a “lamp to our feet and a light to our path.”  The good news is that when we do things God’s way, His blessing naturally follows.  That, after all, is how He designed the universe to work! 


--- Pastor Keith Andrews