Entropy; May 25, 2022

Romans 8:20-21 For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God.

Every once in a while it’s good to write on a passage I haven’t underlined previously! As I read this just now it hit me that this is describing the repeal of entropy, of all things. Entropy is considered to be one of the foundational principles of the universe, that things wind down and deteriorate – which is why evolution is such an absurdity. The very people who deny the existence of a Creator likewise insist that entropy is real, totally missing the disconnect in their thinking. However, just as there is both nuclear fission and nuclear fusion, God isn’t limited by the “law” of entropy. The world doesn’t have to always “run downhill!” Just recently some physicists have advanced the previously heretical idea that the laws of physics might not be constant, and here we have Paul saying that they are indeed going to change. Pardon me for being a total geek, but that’s exciting! As I am reminded with some frequency, our concept of God is too small. On one level that’s unavoidable, since God is infinite and we aren’t, but it’s something we should work to get past. He does indeed reveal Himself to us in various ways, just as He did to Paul here, and we need to keep our hearts open to that revelation. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would do that work in us, (John 14:26) and that’s a major reason to seek to be filled with and in step with the Spirit. God is far too big for us to grasp Him on our own!

Of course this applies to me. I have been tripped up by pride in my high IQ, when human IQ is effectively zero when compared to God. I need to absorb as much as possible of the Bible, since God isn’t going to contradict Himself, but I am not to be limited by the human systems that men have created by their interpretations of what is written. God isn’t limited by anything! I have been a fan of science fiction since I entered my teens, and already many of the things I read 60 years ago are part of our daily lives. Physical things are trivial compared to the spiritual, but that’s an illustration of the danger of saying, “never happen.” I need to have faith and expectation that God is going to fulfill His Word, regardless of how things might look at any given moment, so that I will be available to Him for whatever purpose He might have for me, for His glory.

Father, thank You for this Word. I’m a bit blown out of the water! Help me open my heart to You fully so that I will neither hold back nor go astray, but follow You fully in all that You want to do involving me, for Your glory. Thank You. Praise God!

About jgarrott

Born and raised in Japan of missionary parents. Have been here as an adult missionary since 1981.
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