2015-09-15 - Parachutes
Richard and I are science nerds. As many of us have come to realize, science and faith do not have to be at odds; In fact, when I graduated from College, I had come out of the science courses with a stronger faith, after seeing the order and predictability of God's creation - the fact that we can predict eclipses a hundred years ahead, after doing the pages-long math for planetary orbits etc. Fun! We also enjoy watching broadcasts related to the International Space Station - launches, landings, de-orbit burns etc. All prove the efficacy of the mathematics and laws of physics instituted by God, and they are quite exciting events, which never lose their luster for us.
As we recently watched the landing of three more ISS astronauts, my focus became riveted on the wonderful high-definition closeup of the parachute attached to the Soyuz capsule. I realized how much was at stake, and how much trust that all involved must put in the makers of the astronauts. If the parachute fails to do its job, lives would almost certainly be lost, as was tragically proved in 1967 when a Russian astronaut's chute failed to open properly. So far, in 8 decades of use in the space programs, this has been a very rare event. Parachutes have a high rate of reliability, and thankfully so - also for the wildfire firefighters and armed forces members who have depended on them.
But God has an even higher rate of reliability than parachutes. God can handle ANYthing we have going on in our lives. There are no limits to his knowledge or power.
As Christ reminded us in
Matthew 19:26 …"with God, all things are possible."
Put another way, by the Apostle Paul,
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
The adjective "all" is all-encompassing. No qualifiers like "some" or "many." There is nothing He can't handle or do. The only limit is that it be in His will. This isn't about our wants; it's about His capability. Some take passages like this to mean that if they want an all-gold toilet or a new jet plane, and they "name it and claim it etc.," like a genie, God will grant the wish. But anyone with common sense or a good knowledge of the Bible, will realize this isn't what it means.
There are no limits to God's capability or reliability.
Janice P. Moser
All scripture references are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.