What has been is what will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there a thing of which it is said, "See, this is new"? It has been already in the ages before us. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10
The writer of Ecclesiastes was right: "there is nothing new under the sun."
But this devotion deals with a topic that is not under the sun. Indeed, it speaks to a topic that is well beyond our solar system. You see, recently a number of cosmic events have been reported which make those who search the night skies almost giddy.
The first discovery was an earth-sized planet, Proxima b, which is only 4.2 light years away. That almost makes Proxima b a next-door neighbor. The second bit of news comes from Russia where scientists have spotted a star, about the size of the sun, which is 95 light years distant.
Naturally, all this news once again rekindled the discussion about life on other planets.
Amazingly, not everyone in the scientific community believes that, based on the sheer numbers of planetary bodies, advanced life on other planets must almost be a mathematical certainty. That's quite a shift. Not so long ago all evolutionists believed life just happened. That made them sure they would be able to produce a whole list of places where the same thing had happened. In contrast, those who believed in the Creation narrative said we were "unique" and "one-of-a-kind."
Nowadays, there are more than a few voices who think earth might be very special.
One of those people is Ethan Siegel, an astrophysicist at Lewis and Clark College in Oregon. He has said for advanced life to develop, three things have to be present:
* First, a few hundred proteins have to be present at the same time and come together to create a living cell.
* Second, that cell has to survive long enough so it can evolve into something more complex.
* Third, according to the evolutionist the cell has to "survive and succeed" for about a billion years.
All this information has left people like biophysics researcher, Kirk Durston, saying things like "Either earthlings won a lottery against mind-staggering odds or "There is a Creator of the cosmos who has a purpose in mind for humanity."
Now I'm not saying that every scientist is leaning this way. They're not.
They're not, but I am. I believe that God created the heavens and the earth. I also believe that when man sinned and ruined God's perfect work, the Lord sent His Son to earth so we might be redeemed.
This means that, with a Triune God looking after us, man is not alone in the universe, after all.
THE PRAYER: Dear Lord, I give thanks that in so many ways and in so many places Your story of creation and salvation is not being disproven. While my faith needs no such proof, I give thanks that others are receiving it whether they want it or not. For this I give thanks in Jesus' Name. Amen.
In Christ I remain His servant and yours,
Pastor Ken Klaus
Speaker emeritus of The Lutheran Hour®
Lutheran Hour Ministries
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