I’m not someone who trumpets “experience” as the best way to gain knowledge of God. “Experience” is subjective to a great extent and what you experience with/about God may be somewhat different than someone else simply because we are different people. I find it quite fascinating that God interacts with the personalities of His people in so many different ways. But what is a more reliable foundation that everyone can agree upon? I believe that study of both scripture (special revelation of God) and nature (general revelation of God) is the best way to gain such knowledge. “Experience” can confirm that knowledge, but scripture and nature are two foundational ways that God reveals knowledge of Himself and provides wisdom to searching hearts. We see this played out in Proverbs over and over (i.e. Prov. 6:6).

I think this is why I love being out in nature so often. Because I believe God formed everything in nature, I also believe that as we study nature it is inevitable that we will find evidence of God’s existence. By studying the Laws of Physics, thermodynamics, cosmology, biology, chemistry, astronomy, etc – we gain knowledge of God and who He is. As we gain knowledge of God, our confidence, our trust (our faith?) grow stronger in Him. These disciplines, however, are greatly neglected by most christians. Putting the study of these disciplines off as “I don’t have time for those things.” Really?

I watched a program on the Smithsonian Channel the other day that talked about how stars explode. That’s it! The entire, 1-hour show was astronomers, cosmologists and a host of other scientists talking about the intricacies of how stars explode. Do you know how vital super-novas are for our universe? God said to Adam, “For dust you are, and to dust you will return.” Quite literally, the elements that are found on earth all the way down to the core, to the very iron in our blood, to the gold found in the earth’s crust – every element that we know to exist (which make up our bodies as well) come from exploding stars! Literally…star-dust. To hear these men and women talk about the immense bodies of suns and their raw power blew my mind. “Giant” Suns which are, in essence, millions of times larger than our own sun, when they explode, is estimated that they produce more power than a trillion, billion nuclear weapons. Practically unfathomable. And this goes on in our universe all the time!

And then I read about God questioning Job:

“Who is this that darkens my counsel with words without knowledge?…Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand…On what were [the earth’s] footings set, or who laid its cornerstone – while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?…What is the way to the abode of light? And where does darkness reside? Can you take them to their places?…Can you bind the beautiful Pleiades? Can you loose the cords of Orion? Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?…Who endowed the heart with wisdom or gave understanding to the mind?…Will the one who contends with the Almighty correct Him? Let him who accuses God answer Him!” -Portions of Job 38, 39 & 40

When I hear incredibly learned people speak about the complexities of the universe and how it works – I’m blown away because I know there is an even more complex, incredibly powerful, immensely personal being (God!) who is behind it all. And yet I know that He takes special interest in MY life and yours! Even down to the very atoms, leptons, protons, electrons and 100+ other subatomic particles that make up matter throughout the universe.

I’m not really sure what the point of this blog is. Perhaps its a challenge to fellow believers. Perhaps if we spent less time wondering who the Bachelor didn’t give a rose to, or when Steve Carrell is leaving the Office, and spent more time reflecting on things that ultimately will increase our knowledge of God and produce true wisdom in our lives…maybe we wouldn’t be so wrapped up in the things of life that distract us from what’s really important. If we’re to be disciples of Jesus, I’m convinced that means being knowledgeable people who are “prepared to give a defense for the hope that we have.” Paul wrote to the Colossians that “In Him were all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge”…Jesus…was a smart guy! If He lived today I bet He could take care of the poor while also giving a riveting lecture at any leading liberal university. Could you do that? Could I do that?

Just something to think about as we all strive to impact our culture with the way of Jesus.