Michael’s Monday Meditations

An important historical event occurred this week with the flyby of Pluto by the New Horizons spacecraft, giving us incredible images of the outermost planet, Pluto, and changing forever the manner in which we look at this small, distant world. Compare the first images of Pluto in 1930, when Clyde Tombaugh first deduced that the little white dot in the photographic images was indeed a planet and not a distant star, to what you see on the computer before you today, 85 years later.
God is like that, too. Maybe you see Him as something or someone who is distant or perhaps boring. Just think, if astronomers had decided Pluto was not worth a second, closer examination, wouldn’t our initial impressions of the planet be much the same as was commonplace in 1930? So it is with God. If we attempt to place Him in a cubicle of our own thinking or fail to take a closer look at Him, as the scientist did with Pluto, are we not committing an error on a grand order and actually shortchanging ourselves?
The evidence of the existence of God is everywhere. Even the casual observer can clearly see an order to the universe, from the manner in which a simple flower is constructed to the complexity of the animal kingdom and the balance of nature. And who has not looked up to the heavens on a clear night and marveled at the manner in which the stars and galaxies are held in place? To many, Pluto was envisioned as a simple ball of rock and ice. But look what closer examination is revealing! A planet that is alive with activity, great differences in geology across its surface, five moons, all different!
And so it is with God. If we are willing to take the time to examine Him up close and personally, we can have our initial simplistic impressions of Him completely wiped from our vision. And how can we take a closer look at God? For starters, by reading His Word. The Bible is the place to begin, for we not only come to understand how our world and people were created, but we come to know the character of both God and man, and the struggle of individual men and women with and without God. We also see how God provided a means through Jesus Christ, through which sinful man can be reconciled to God through repentance of sin and belief in Jesus’ death on the cross, burial and resurrection, symbolic for the death, burial and resurrection of our sin to new life in Jesus!
No doubt, as the days and weeks pass, astronomers and physicists will continue to draw important information about Pluto from visual images as well as other sensing equipment aboard New Horizons that will enable them to better understand the planet. So it is that in order for us to understand God, we must spend time reading His Word, praying, and taking time to be in His presence. James 4:8 proclaims, “draw nigh unto God and He will draw nigh unto you…” After careful study, and time spent in relationship, then, and only then, can we begin to understand God, His character and nature, and how obedience and trust not only saves us from hell, but gives to each believer a peace, a joy, an understanding that defies the comprehension of those in the world. Today, friend, if you are on the outside looking in, won’t you take a closer look at God, the Father through Jesus Christ our Lord? My earnest prayer today, and every day, is that you won’t place God on a shelf and say to yourself — I don’t need Him — and dismiss Him forever. That would be the most critical error any human being can make. 2 Corinthians 6:2 says, “…today is the day of salvation…”

NASA’s New Horizons spacecraft snapped the first high-resolution photographs of Pluto and its moons this week. The images reveal the planetary system in unprecedented detail — highlighting mountain…
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