Tips for Life

By Alan Bailey

Seeing marvels with the naked eye

The planet Venus appears close to the crescent Moo
The planet Venus appears close to the crescent Moon during a rare alignment on December 1, 2008 in Brighton, England.

If you have sight, you have the privilege of a wide field to look at: the faces of loved ones, the traffic on the road, the images on screens, the stars at night. But it is possible, when you stop and think about it, that our field of vision is actually tiny.

There is a big world out there and we only see a fraction of it, and we are also so selective in what takes our interest and exercises our brain.

For instance, we tend to take the wonder of life itself for granted. We are part of it and surrounded by it. Learning about our bodies and brains should make us marvel at human life and reproduction.

“There is a big world out there and we only see a fraction of it…”

Then there is the mighty stretch of the universe above our heads, incomprehensively large and amazing, but most of us never give it a thought. Recently, I saw and heard atheist Richard Dawkins on a DVD being asked this question: “If there is a God, and one day you meet him, what will you say?” He answered, “I will ask Him why He went to so much trouble to hide Himself.”

This is a claim that God has never revealed himself. Always out of sight, always silent. And it is like this for those who will not look—who do not want to see.

“What may be known about God is plain,” the Word of God, the Bible says, “because God has made it plain. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse” (Romans chapter 1).

There is plenty of evidence of God, a universe full of it. Science is telling us more and more of the fortuitous nature of so much in the material world.

So many factors are just right for the existence of man on planet earth. The odds against so many of these facts and figures just happening accidently are astronomical.

Then there is a book; The Book of Books. W. E. Gladstone called it, The Impregnable Rock of Holy Scripture. To eyes wide open, it is God’s message to mankind. How He has dealt with the race over centuries of time. How He loves and how he intends to bring everything to a glorious end.

Primarily, God has spoken to us through His Son, says John the disciple; “The Word became flesh and lived for a while among us. We have seen His glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”

Look long and hard at Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, which was for you and me, to pay the penalty for our rebellion against God. See the significance and trust in His great saving work in rescuing the blind and the lost.

Truly, believing is seeing.

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