Secular scientists do very well for themselves writing popular books about “the wonder of the universe.” It is a strange thing, this brand of wonder, for it begins in nothingness and terminates in nothingness. There can be no order, no rhythm, no design to being that has no intelligence behind it. Secular “wonder” ends up being little more than interplanetary sightseeing. It’s there; we see it; it looks remarkable; then the show’s over.
God intends for this “great universe,” as Jonathan Edwards labels it, to impress us. God did not make a snow globe. He made “greatness of vast expanse” that exercises nearly “omnipotent power upon the imagination.” But the cosmos is not an end unto itself. When we investigate it, we are witnessing “but the shadows of greatness,” the dust trail of the magnificent being who made all we see and study.
Do not believe the secular myth that the universe came from nothing and is headed to nothing. There is a “vast expanse” beyond us because God is beyond us. There is “immense distance” in front of us because there is no limit to the divine being. There is “prodigious bulk” to observe because God is omnipresent, greater than we can measure. There is “rapid motion” in every millisecond because God is a being of action. The true story of all our exploration is not what appears wondrous to us in our telescope. The true story is about the one who is wondrous, and who made whole galaxies to dazzle us with his “power and wisdom.”
The voice of the LORD is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the LORD, over many waters. The voice of the LORD is powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty. (Psalm 29:3-4)
-Owen Strachan, Always in God’s Hands: Day by Day in the Company of Jonathan Edwards, 304.