Read Daniel 2:20-23; John 1:14-18
" For God ... has shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. " (2 Cor. 4:6)
In Jesus Christ, God shows that He is pleased to reveal Himself in ways that man can understand. God sent His Son Jesus Christ as His human representative, that through Christ humans might come to know the secret, hidden things of God.
The God of the Bible is also He who created all of nature. Just as God makes Himself understandable through Christ, so God has created nature so that the secret, invisible things may be understood through the examination of what is visible and accessible.
Take light, for instance. In many respects, light behaves like a wave. Waves commonly exist in our everyday life, so we can see and study their detailed properties fairly easily. Scientists of past centuries used this means to gain much insight into the nature of light.
Many similar examples may be found throughout the sciences. It is often the case that scientists in completely different areas, studying completely different phenomena, end up using the same basic models, concepts, and equations. In the past few decades, for instance, the "symmetry-breaking" theory originally used to explain the phenomenon of superconductivity has been applied to sub-atomic elementary particles, with great success.
If there were no God who wanted us to understand Himself and His creation, then why should the nature of invisible things be made so readily comprehensible? Why should invisible things be made along the same patterns as the visible, and be governed by similar principles?
We may rejoice that God has spared no pains to
make Himself known to us -- not even the pain of the Cross. We do not need
to stumble blindly through this life -- the One who knows all things is
our patient instructor, if we are willing to take the time to sit at His
Prayer: Lord, I am willing to take Your yoke upon myself, and learn of You. (Matthew 11:28).
THOUGHT FOR THE
The Lord is our teacher (Matthew 23:8; 1 John 2:27).
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