God Has The First And Last Word

God Has The First And Last Word

For some reason, it just makes me chuckle when I read about a meaningful or unique discovery made by scientists or university geniuses that the Bible had already logged on its pages thousands of years earlier.  No matter what humans set out to do, they can’t seem to disprove or outsmart the God of the universe.

Man desires to figure things out, scientists experiment and intellectuals conduct research to prove their theories. But in the end, they only confirm what the Bible says. God, in His superb wisdom, gave words to His servants and they wrote them down on the pages of Scripture.  Yet many people, in their human wisdom, attempt to discover and articulate answers to questions in life.

How many stars are out there?  Is the earth round or flat?  What is the origin of man? What is true happiness?  How do we find peace?

The more humans set out to find answers, the more they actually confirm what is in the Bible.

For centuries, man thought there were only about 1,000 stars.  Then the telescope was invented and now astronomers and scientists have confirmed that there are about 100 billion stars in our galaxy alone.  The Bible tells us that the stars are so numerous that they can’t even be counted (Genesis 15:5, Jeremiah 3:22).  Now that we know that there are countless stars, I smile to myself… Yes, my God already said that!

Isaiah 40:22 states, “He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth…”  Yet for centuries man thought the earth was flat.  The book of Isaiah was written almost 700 years before Christ.  Again, I smile to myself… My God already told us the earth was round!

What really made me think about this was when I learned of the Harvard Grant Study which was done by a group of Harvard researchers who set out to learn what constitutes true happiness.  The study was conducted over the course of 75 years as researchers followed the lives of over 200 men.  And what they discovered was that money doesn’t buy happiness and that love and relationships are what make people truly happy.  (Of course, they forgot to mention our relationship with God, the most important relationship of all that brings us true joy.)

They essentially came up with the same conclusions that King Solomon and King David wrote many centuries ago.  The book of Ecclesiastes contains many verses about the futility of seeking after wealth.  In the Psalms David described the joy he found in his relationship with the Lord.  Yet it took university intellectuals decades to discover a similar truth.  Again, I smile to myself… My God already taught me that through His Word!

Too wise to read the Bible?

“Where is the wise man?  Where is the scholar?  Where is the philosopher of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?”  (1 Corinthians 1:20)

Many people believe they are too wise or too intelligent to resort to the “foolishness” of the Bible for answers.  Yet in all of his searching, man simply proves or confirms what God has already said.  Man has not been able to discover anything that God hasn’t allowed him to uncover.

God always has the first and last word.

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Laurie Driesen About Laurie Driesen

Laurie Driesen is a writer, entrepreneur and business owner. Her passion is to encourage and strengthen people's faith by sharing the truth of God's Word through her writing. In her recently published book, Beyond Regret - Living Your Life Purpose in Spite of Past Choices, Laurie shares how God uses our mistakes and detours to lead us into His will and accomplish His true purpose for our lives. Check out her website for more.

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  1. Amen! Excellent post Laurie.

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  2. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thanks Penny, Sometimes it just really makes me laugh at how the intellects can be so serious about their discoveries. I want to say….”give credit where credit is due….with God!”

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  3. Linda Lijewski says:

    Wow! Great post. I enjoyed it; it made me smile. It is so true! Great job, Laurie!

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  4. Bruno Antunes says:

    Alright, so where to begin… Let’s start with Jeremiah 3:22 just to get it out of the way. It’s quick, it has nothing to do with stars, simple just read it. On to Genesis 15:5 Abram is asking god why he doesn’t have a son for heir and who will be his heir essentially in Damascus. Then God says look at the stars count them if you can (remember most people didn’t have much of a concept of very large numbers) you will get your kid. How this makes sense, why count? I don’t know, it’s your God. Also Isaiah 40:20 talking about the earth as a “circle” well if your God is so wise, why would he not be so ambiguous and leave things to interpretation? It can be easily debated that a circle is just God looking down at a flat earth because remember the earth is NOT a circle, it is a sphere like shape. So ask your God to not be so ambiguous with such important information. And also only one hundred years or so later after that book of Isaiah, Greek mathematics proved the earth to be a sphere and most intellectuals since then agreed, even in medieval Europe. Also happiness is whatever we think it to be, we make happiness, no one can make it for us not even a God.

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    Cherie Burbach

    Cherie Burbach Reply:

    Hi Bruno,

    Thanks for taking the time to comment and share your thoughts.

    The thing that stands out to me the most in your comment is the word “ambiguous.” It’s true, God gives us the truth in his own way and allows us to ponder and discuss it.

    I think it is similar to how he gives us free will to believe in his word and in him. If he demanded we follow him we wouldn’t be able to embrace him fully and love him completely. Love always needs to be given freely with our entire hearts.

    Much like this, he gives us his word along with our brains and inquiring spirits, and we learn and embrace it. Sometimes he is mysterious and as you say, his words seem ambiguous. This causes me to pray and study and come to my own conclusions. I personally do believe that God is the creator of the universe and also that we are always learning, always trying to grasp and understand all that he provides. I have a much deeper context for his words, for example, than I did when I first decided to follow him. The meaning has grown because he’s allowed me to learn and study them at my own pace and in my own way. I don’t think this would be the case if his words were written differently.

    I agree with you, happiness is whatever we make it. I also think there is a difference between happiness and contentment. My personal belief is that I get contentment from my God and all he provides and this brings a variety of blessings to me, like happiness.

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  5. Nice, Laurie. I’m sure some of the scientists and scholars out there are sputtering. I can hear them now…”your Bible’s too vague,” “your god contradicts himself,” “why don’t you ask your god why he killed all those people in the flood, oh yeah, he doesn’t answer you, does he?”
    The mocking and scorn comes from a weak mind seeking answers, and its faulty pride. After all, it thinks that it is talking to the intellectually challenged.
    The reality if it all? The heart beneath is longing for truth and the science it believes in has fallen short. Science can’t reveal anything about its beginning. Oh, it has theories and opinion, but no facts or proof.
    So instead of standing tall and allowing us to believe in the one fundamental truth that even science believes…that something cannot come from nothing…it chooses to attack. To tear at us. To down our beliefs and make us feel small for believing in the one thing science can prove.
    Sad, but it changes nothing. Even today, something cannot come from nothing. And God is the creator. And the Bible still is true. God does have the first and last word.
    Thanks for the post. I loved it. 🙂

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  6. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thanks for your words Renee- I wanted to get into the foolishness of the evolution beliefs but I knew I couldn’t do it in 500 words or less! But you are so right, that is the ultimate foolishness. Even many scientists today are saying, “its just not possible for life to come from nothing-.there must be a Creator!” To which I would say, hmmmm I knew that all along because God already told us in His Word!

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  7. Laurie Driesen says:

    HI Bruno, Thank you for your comments, which made me reflect on the idea of ambiguity. There is so much that is clear in Scripture and some things that are a mystery. Through many years of Bible study, I’ve learned that it’s the mystery that drives me deeper into God’s Word. Sometimes I think it’s a direct invitation from God, “come deeper, learn more”. So the mystery essentially invites people in or it drive them away. For me, it’s like a magnet, I just want to learn more. I agree with Cherie’s comment that the meaning grows as we learn and grow.

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  8. Clint Johnson says:

    Great post. I love how Isaiah and Jeremiah both talk about God stretching out the heavens but it took humans until about a hundred years ago to discover that the universe is expanding.

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  9. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Clint, I appreciate your comment. I love getting into God’s Word and discover what He has to say!

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  10. Such a wonderful post, Laurie. I’m late in commenting, but wanted to let you know how blessed I was by the points you disclosed from the Scriptures. God’s wisdom far exceeds our own! Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Laurie Driesen says:

    Thank you Cynthia, It is a blessing to just realize that God is in control of everything. I agree – His wisdom is so far above man’s wisdom. Yet man believes himself to be very smart, especially when he makes new discoveries. That’s why it makes me smile at God, He knew it all in advance! Thanks for your comment Cynthia!

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