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Saturday, February 28, 2009


J. Grant Swank, Jr.

That’s right.

There’s enough evil in the world and enough nuclear blow up on the planet that by now we should have been blown to smithereens.

However, we are still here. Explain why.

It is because the God of the Bible made this creation and maintains it. One day and hour He will leave the right hand of the Father’s throne in heaven to return to His turf.

Because this is His property, He sees to it that it is still here. That’s the Alpha and Omega of the question: Why is the globe still spinning?

God has deemed it so. God is God. God has decreed that though the human population is wicked and the nuclear pantries are full to overflowing, no mortal will have the say as to what occurs on His property. The deed belongs to Him.

If there is any proof that there is a God it is that the world is still here. That is empirical evidence.

Realists should conclude that with the nuclear presence off the charts, we should have disappeared a long, long time ago. With that, realists should likewise conclude that there must be a reasonable postulate as to how we are still breathing in this sphere.

But often those who claim to be realists take on the titles “agnostic” of “atheist,” boasting on not believing in a God of Creation. How ignorant. How far into denial. How out of touch.

The globe’s very existence points to some overarching Power who keeps it going on no matter what the threat. That Power, for the rational mind, is the God of Creation.

“O give thanks to the Lord of lords: for His mercy endures forever. To Him who alone does great wonders: for his mercy endures forever.

“To Him that by wisdom made the heavens: for His mercy endures forever.

“To Him who stretched out the Earth above the waters: for His mercy endures forever.

“To Him who made great lights: for His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:3-7)

The psalmist goes on and on in verse after verse exclaiming what believers already have experienced, that is, that God’s mercy extends into the everlasting.

Part of that divine mercy is that with which He has clothed the globe. It is outlandish mercy that keeps us breathing here. It is the love of God that maintains the lines of creation, keeps the seasons revealed and opens each day to another dawn.

“O give thanks unto the God of heaven: for His mercy endures forever.” (Psalm 136:26)