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"Surprise!"

October 3, 2011

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For who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16

Many, many years ago, way back when I was in high school, our physics professor taught us about the speed of light.

He told us that light traveled at ... well, I don't remember exactly how fast he said it went, but he told us it went really, really fast. Indeed, we were told it went so fast nothing could ever go faster.

Well, surprise! Something is going faster than light.

It's true! Recently, physicists in Europe have been measuring the speed of itty, bitty particles called neutrinos and they have found that those little rapscallions are going faster than the speed of light. Understand, they're not going a lot faster; they're just a little bit faster, but, still, those neutrinos are going faster than light.

According to trusty, old Albert Einstein, that's not supposed to happen.

This means the physicists will probably need to do a major overhaul on the things they know are true -- excuse me -- the things we knew were true yesterday.

Now all this has come as a big surprise to me and the scientific community. Indeed, just about everybody has been taken aback by this new revelation.

Just about everybody, except the Lord.

He, who created the universe and the laws which govern it, knows and understands the mechanisms humankind works so hard to discover. When we are beginning to guess, He already knows. As Paul wrote, "... who has understood the mind of the Lord so as to instruct Him?"

Truly, we can't teach God anything. All we can do is thank Him ...

thank Him for these laws which enable us to discover various mysteries; thank Him for His care which can take in a universe as well as the prayer requests of a small child; thank Him for His grace which sent His Son to pay the bloody, ransom price necessary for our redemption.

And thank Him that no matter what discoveries are made, no matter what changes in my universe-view becomes necessary, this one thing will remain the same: God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten, and anyone who believes on Him will not die eternally but be given life everlasting.

THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, every time we think we've got things figured out, we get sent back to square one. That is just one of the reasons we need to trust You and not ourselves. Although rules and laws may change, Your love is constant. For Your gracious caring, for the sending of Your Son as our substitute, we give thanks. This we do in our Savior's Name. Amen.

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In Christ I remain His servant and yours,


Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries

Today's Bible Readings: Isaiah 56-58    Romans 11:1-18

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