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.