Is there really a God out there? Is it reasonable to believe that, if He does exist, He could be interested in man—interested in a personal sense?
The great inventor Thomas Edison never thought of himself as a man of strong religious convictions, but he did believe in the existence of a Supreme Deity. Someone asked him, “Sir, do you believe in an intelligent creator, a personal God?” He answered, “I certainly do. If we but look at the natural laws of the universe, we would acknowledge the existence of the Great Engineer and His divine power.”
The Psalmist cried out, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands” (Psalm 19:1). The mind of man can hardly comprehend the vastness and complexity of the cosmos, or the grandeur of the heavens. Scientists say that there are billions of stars in our galaxy. If that were not enough to stagger the imagination, the cosmologists say that there are billions of galaxies, and many have their own planetary systems! We, with the Psalmist, are compelled to exclaim, “What is man that You are mindful of him, the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:4).
The more we learn about the enormous size of the universe, the less significant we view man to be. As our explorations enhance our comprehension of the measureless expanse and wonder of the heavens above us, we stand in awe of a God who is mindful of us.
The Creator, this governor of the universe, has clearly shown His love for His rebellious, erring, selfish creation, into which He breathed the essence of life. He cared enough to send His only Son to make possible man’s salvation and his restoration. We have opportunity to respond to the love and beauty of the Creator. We may, if we choose, open our mind and heart to the living presence of the Spirit of God, as revealed by our Redeemer, the Lord Jesus Christ, God’s resurrected Son.
Our God is the cosmic, creative Spirit who is ever at work throughout the vast universe and one whose presence can be experienced by faith. Repentance and faith in Christ as Savior and Lord can bring the God of outer space into the inner consciousness of the believer. The God of “out there” can truly become the God whose Spirit lives within us.
George Nelting, The War Cry