When the highly Pilot man debating me in London’s Hyde Park said to me, “I don’t believe there is a God,” I said, “You had better tie your leg to a tree tonight before you go to sleep. If gravity quits working during the night you are going to drift out in space.”
Of course, if you have faith that there is a God in heaven who will see to it that gravity will still be working tomorrow morning, you can leave the rope off.
The fact that the universe is so well maintained demands a “Maintainer.” The Bible assures us God not only made this amazing universe, but He keeps it all together—running in good order: By him all things consist (Colossians 1:17).
The existence of anything as big and complicated as this universe is great. But the fact that it keeps working so wonderfully day after day is fantastic. The constancy of natural law is a great evidence there is a God.
We are sitting on a spaceship called “earth” in a galaxy that is flying through space at 1.1 million miles an hour! Inside this fast-flying galaxy we are rotating around its nucleus at 500,000 miles an hour. Try not to get dizzy while thinking about the fact that we are also revolving around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour. If we go just one degree off course we drift off into space.
The stars are so dependable we can navigate ships by them. The Bulova watch company even bragged, “We set our watches by the stars.”
We keep turning at the same speed of just over 1,000 miles an hour. This is one of earth’s movements we can understand because the earth is 27,000 miles around and we made a complete turn between noon yesterday and noon today. We make the complete 27,000-mile turn in 24 hours, which is over 1,000 miles an hour. If we were to slow down to rotate at only 100 miles an hour, all plant life would freeze during the 10 days of darkness and be burned up during the 10 days of sunlight. But we keep rotating at the right speed of over 1,000 miles an hour.
Scientists teach us there are “laws of nature.” How can you possibly have laws without someone making them? The one who wrote these laws and enforces these laws is God.
When Life magazine printed “God is dead” in blazing headlines across their cover it really got my attention. Then I listened to San Francisco’s hippies shouting, “Man, we can do our own thing. God is dead. We are free.”
It made me think of what would happen on an airplane if the little flight attendant ran out of the cockpit shouting, “The pilot is dead. The co-pilot is dead. We can do our own thing. We are free.” I might be able to summon the courage to enjoy crashing toward earth at 500 miles an hour. But do not put me out here on a space ship called “earth” whirling around the sun at 67,000 miles an hour and tell me God is dead. I could not sleep at night if I did not believe God has “the whole world in His hand.”
What keeps it all together. What keeps everything on course? The Bible says, By Him all things consist Colossians 1:17).
Either there is a God controlling the universe or we are hopelessly lost in space. We are on a planet speeding 93 million miles an hour. We have no control whatever over it. We have no idea where we are going. Only those who believe in God’s control of this space ship have any security whatsoever.