"They Were Wrong"
July 21, 2008
Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth? Job 38:33
Poets like the moon because it's easy to find words to rhyme with it.
Children like the moon because it gives cows something to jump over.
Lovers like the moon because it gives wonderful mood lighting.
On the other hand, there are some folks who aren't especially pleased with the moon.
"Which folks are those?" you might ask. "Are they the same folks who have been talking about the moon as if they had it all figured out? Are they the ones who say 'the moon is dry'?"
Well, they are wrong. According to ABC News last week, it said, "Though the moon has many seas, scientists thought it was dry. They were wrong."
A recent study in Nature magazine tells of the work done by some researchers from Brown University. These folks have found evidence of water molecules in pebbles brought back by the Apollo missions.
These new findings indicate a good possibility the moon has water trapped deep beneath its surface. If this is the case, these new facts are going to radically change the way we feel about our nighttime satellite.
Many centuries ago, the Lord asked Job this question: "Do you know the laws of the heavens?" Today, if He asked us the same thing we would have to say, "No." Humankind is smart, and it is getting smarter, but still, it's not perfect.
In truth, when push comes to shove, we must confess the world's wisdom isn't as wise as we'd like to think. Time and again we have seen fresh evidence come out that transforms yesterday's truths into today's amazement at how people ever believed this or that.
I mean if we can't get our facts straight about the moon - - a place we have visited numerous times - - how can we be so sure we're right about places we have never been or seen?
This is just one of the very practical reasons I prefer to place my faith in the Lord.
If He promises to send His Son to save us, He does it. If He says Jesus will live for us, die on Calvary's cross for us, rise from the dead on the third day to ransom us, you can count on it being done.
Like St. Paul said to Timothy: "I know in whom I have believed . . ." (2 Timothy 1:12b).
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks You have blessed us with the knowledge and miracles of modern technology. At the same time, let me always remember that Your way, Your will, and Your path, are trustworthy and true. I give thanks in the Name of the Savior. Amen.
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries