Genesis 8:22 “As long as the earth endures,
seedtime and harvest,
cold and heat,
summer and winter,
day and night
will never cease.”
Primitive peoples had very little understanding of the physical universe. Their cosmology certainly didn’t have the earth rotating on its axis and revolving around the sun, so they had a fundamental anxiety about everything, really. That’s why there are so many festivals around the winter solstice, for example, when the days stop getting shorter and start getting longer. That makes this a very important proclamation from God to mankind, because it gave them peace of mind. This has been an important thing to remember as climate has changed over the centuries, particularly suddenly with such things as massive volcanic eruptions that blanketed the earth with ash, as recently as Krakatoa in 1883, causing record cold winters and poor harvests. The whole story of Noah is recorded so that we will understand that God is reliable and not capricious, but He is certainly not to be trifled with. Today there are many who ridicule the ignorance of ancient peoples and claim to have “advanced” to the point of “not needing religion.” The problem with that is that without an awareness of our Creator, there is absolutely no rational basis for morality. We see the results of that all the time today, as generations of school children have been taught that they are nothing more than the accidental byproducts of evolution. If that were true, there would be no reason to condemn the acts of such people as Mao, Stalin, and Hitler. Just the other day I watched a video talking about how Nazi medical personnel, and specifically nurses, killed thousands upon thousands of handicapped children, convinced they were doing the right, “scientific” thing, but that pales in comparison to the millions of infants that have been aborted in their mothers’ wombs in recent years. Such things are not possible on such a scale when people remember that they are created beings, and as such are accountable to their Creator. In recent years several scientists have realized the almost impossible odds against life existing on earth as it does, and have come to faith in a Creator as a result. We shouldn’t need a deep understanding of astrophysics to stand up against the denial of God, particularly among those who are actively poisoning our young people against the idea of moral accountability.
I was raised in a home that was both strongly intellectual and deeply spiritual. On top of that, I’m old enough that I missed most of the flood of practical atheism that has swamped our educational institutions over the last half century or more. For that, I am deeply grateful. However, the question remains of what I can do about the current state of things. As an educator myself, teaching Medical English to Japanese medical personnel, I have some real opportunities for influence. However, that doesn’t touch America, where my parents were born and raised and which I care about deeply. I am largely limited to prayer, but I must never take that lightly, either as a responsibility or as an opportunity. After all, I can talk to the Guy who’s in charge of everything! I do believe He’s bringing things to the climax described in the Revelation to John, but I’m not to become passive in response to that belief. I’m not worried about timelines, and I don’t want to waste time and energy plotting where we are in Revelation or Daniel or whatever, but I am to be praying faithfully for God’s will to be done in every situation of which I’m aware, and in this Information Age that’s a lot! God alone is totally faithful and reliable, and I must never forget that.
Father, thank You for this reminder, particularly as so many things are in turmoil. I do pray for every work of the devil to be destroyed, (1 John 3:8) even when I can’t see how that could happen, so that more and more people may be freed from the devil’s lies and brought to salvation, for Your glory. Thank You. Hallelujah!