“And lest thou lift up thine eyes unto heaven, and when thou seest the sun, and the moon, and the stars, even all the host of heaven, shouldest be driven to worship them, and serve them, which the LORD thy God hath divided unto all nations under the whole heaven.”
In August 1989, Voyager 2 made its contact with the planet Neptune nearly 3 billion miles from Earth. This was a tremendous technical achievement and enabled mankind to know a little more of the planetary system in which we all live.
But did Voyager learn anything relevant to Scripture? We found that Neptune is hundreds of degrees colder than any temperature ever recorded on Earth. Worse, storm winds on Neptune were measured at over 800 miles per hour! Voyager’s first message to us should be obvious. Of the planets so far explored only the Earth has exactly the right conditions for life. Then something else, those beautiful rings of Neptune offer wonderful support for their creation only thousands of years ago as indicated by the Genesis account. Those rings are very delicate, finely balanced by the forces that sustain them, and if the solar system was really billions of years old, they should have collapsed millions of years ago.
Man may venture into space, but Earth is our home, and always will be. We will always long for that perfect garden in which we were placed by the Creator Who hoped for, and made us for, an intimate, personal relationship with Him. And that means that Man will always need the Good News of Jesus Christ through Whom we are restored, once again, to our wonderful Creator.
Heavenly Father, I thank You that I live in such an exciting age in which so many wonderful things are being learned about what You have made. Give me the words that will enable me to use these exciting discoveries to tell others about You and Your love for us in Jesus Christ. Amen.
Photo: Voyager 2 launch on August 20, 1977. (PD)