Computers operate via a series of coded instructions called programs.  Although few of us ever meet the originators responsible for these programs, we don’t delude ourselves thinking computers programmed themselves without an original programmer.

How do birds know how to build a nest?  How do bees know how to make honey?  How do beavers know how to dam a river?  How do spiders know how to design a web?  How can certain fish and birds migrate thousands of kilometres then return each year with satellite accuracy?  How do blind, miniscule, newly born kangaroos know how to wriggle their way from the birth canal all the way to the mother’s pouch to suckle milk? There are so many inexplicable natural phenomena swept under the carpet with the word, ‘INSTINCT’.  Do we delude ourselves thinking everything in nature has programmed itself?

In fields such as engineering, academic minds continue to learn complex lessons from nature.  Shouldn’t we be asking where nature learnt these lessons, or will we casually say - given time they happen by themselves? 

For anyone who believes in the “BIG BANG” the Challenge for you is to satisfactorily answer the questions found in Job Chapter 38 of the Bible.

The Bible declares that in nature, everything is created by God.  Therefore, He is the Original Programmer who wrote the coded instructions we call instinct.

Two bushmen, who lived in the remote outback, went for a long walk and stumbled upon a city. “Wow!  How do you think that got there?” one asked the other.

The second bushman, who considered himself quite scientific, replied: “Well, there are two theories.  First, there is the ‘Big-Prang Theory’ where two mountains collided and all the rocks accidentally fell into place, forming what you see before you.  The second theory, which most educated people accept, is known as the ‘Ever-Popular-Solution’ or ‘Evolution’ for short.  This is where, given the right circumstances and enough time, rocks and minerals arrange themselves into complex mathematical shapes, complete with flashing lights and strange vehicles whizzing around them.”

The first bushman scratched his head, saying: “I don’t know, mate - it seems as if someone designed it.”

“Don’t be stupid,” laughed the second. “You’ve gotta be pretty simple-minded to believe that.”

It is just as unlikely for a city to accidentally form itself, as a DNA molecule (the most efficient information storage system in the known universe) is to form accidentally.  Or, to use another example, frayed dinosaur scales transforming into symmetrical bird feathers is as likely as a frayed t-shirt transforming into an Armani suit.

Many eminent scientists, who see the enormous problems in outdated and unproven theories, are re-examining the scientific facts and concluding that everything in creation has intelligent design.   So if there is intelligent design to creation, wouldn’t that indicate there is an Intelligent Designer? (See Hebrews 11:3)

Generally, to say we love someone when we know little about them is foolish.  Yet young children rarely know much about their parents, but still they love them.  The reason is simple; children know instinctively three very important facts: their parents unconditionally love them, support them and protect them. 

For Christian growth, it’s very important to learn about God – the more we know about our heavenly Father, the greater will be our love for Him.  However, as we study and mature, we often forget the simple fact that Christianity is like the life of a child.  

We must remember Christianity is essentially a very personal relationship between us and our Heavenly Father.  The simplicity of our relationship with God can be easily overshadowed as we learn advanced doctrines and busy ourselves with many Christian commissions.  But when difficulties and adversities push us around, we should remember the simple fact that we have a Divine Father who unconditionally loves, supports and wants to protect us.  He patiently waits for us to run to Him with all our difficulties.  

No matter how we have failed, the mistakes we have made or when the world overwhelms us, we can confidently rush into the comfort of Father’s open arms and fearlessly poke our tongue at all of our problems.

In life, we will always be dealing with bad circumstances and bullies, but when we place ourselves in God’s all powerful arms we can relax and enjoy peace-of-mind, confident that all things will work together for good, (see Romans 8:28).

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!..“ 1 John 3:1

Many things have two parts to make a whole.  A candle needs wax and a wick to make light.  A bow needs an arrow to hit the target.  A CD needs a CD-player to make beautiful music.  A BBQ will not cook without gas or coals.  And a hose is just a pipe without water.  

So many things need a counterpart before they can become truly effective.

God designed man and woman as two parts that come together to work as an effective whole.  Quite often, we will only start functioning when we are connected to our counterpart.  What one lacks, the other has in abundance and vice versa.  Only as a whole do we start realizing our purpose and full potential.  God created marriage so greater things could be accomplished.  However, we must remember, in order for this to happen both parts must be in working order.  (See Ecclesiastics 4:9 and Ephesians 5:31)

It is the same with us and God.

Only as we connect with Him can we realise our FULL potential in life. After all, He created us with this very thing in mind. To live in relationship with Him and together to accomplish many good, beneficial and worthy works in life. (See Ephesians 2:10; 1 Corinthians 3:9)

Early in the morning of April 15, 1912, the SS Titanic struck an iceberg and sank, taking with her 1513 passengers.  It was a tragedy that should never have occurred.  The Titanic had received many warnings but failed to heed them all.

As with the Titanic, we are on our maiden voyage (life) and tragedies are often the result of not heeding warning signs.  When we get into bad habits of over or under eating, too much or too little exercise or too little sleep, our body gives signals of pain and discomfort, warning us to change our direction.  Likewise, the soul also sends out warning signs of depression, despondency, bitterness, fear, jealousy, pride - all signals that something is not right in our spiritual life and we need to change course.  Unfortunately, we often ignore these signs of impending danger, thinking we are unsinkable.  

Individually and nationally we set a course that will either sink us or steer us to our destination.  Being a perfect gentleman, God lets us choose our own course in life.  God, also being all-knowing, sees the icebergs that lie ahead of our choices and sends many signals so we can adjust our course.  If we choose to ignore His warnings, we must also take responsibility for the outcome.  God is not to blame for life’s tragedies, but if we call He is always there with a lifeboat ready to rescue us. (See Proverbs 3:5-6).

At Encourage Church we love the Word of God because it is our relevant “Directory” to Life.

Why not join us on Sundays at 10:00am for relatable and applicable messages or attend one of our fortnightly Life Groups where your questions, difficulties and issues about life matter to us.

Pastor Marilyn Hunter

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