For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. Romans 1:18-20
When I was finally old enough to grasp history, I used to look at my grandparents, all born within 12 years of the beginning of the 20th century, and feel awe. It wasn’t because they were old. it wasn’t because anything they did was spectacular. It was that things had moved so dramatically in their lifetime. A very short list would be: primary modes of transportation went from horse to mechanical; Observing the Earth went from balloon or mountain top to observing it from the Moon.
Speaking of awe and amazement, look at your hand. The complexities contained in just your hand can be mind-blowing! Simple chemicals like carbon, iron, calcium, and others compose the instrument without which our lives would be quite a bit more difficult. The thinking capability, or wisdom, necessary for humankind to move from the beginning of the 20th century to the beginning of the 21st century is, quite literally, beyond my comprehension. All because God created us this way.
The wonder of God’s creation in humanity, including gaining knowledge and wisdom, is astounding. These abilities have led to innumerable inventions and discoveries. More and more of God’s creation is becoming better understood by the work of people like Francis Collins, a geneticist and leader of the Human Genome Project. He, and many others like him, took their God-created abilities to research human genetics and document the genome. The future this discovery holds has yet to be fully understood, but it boggles the mind how much good can come from it.
If understanding the results of this research interests you, or you want to be filled with wonder at the amazing creation we are, you can visit the Human Genome Project Information site, which is now an archive. As you read the website, let the expansive creation God has wrought in humanity fill you with wonder, awe and worship!
By Rich Obrecht