June 22, 2014

Intelligent Design

Written by Boyd Bailey

Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – June 22, 2014

He determines the number of the stars and calls them each by name. Great is our Lord and mighty in power; his understanding has no limit. Psalm 147:4-5

God is the intelligence behind the design of all creation. The creation of space is His design. Every galaxy, universe, star, planet, meteor, and asteroid is a result of His intricate design. He designed the craters on the moon so we could compare it to cheese. He designed the rings around Saturn so we could marvel at its majestic beauty. The tilt of the earth’s axis He designed to sustain life, but not spin out of control. He positioned the sun at just the right distance from Earth so it would warm, but not destroy. He knew all the planets’ gravitational pull toward the sun would be needed to orchestrate one big simultaneous swirl. Every flickering light in the sky, the Big Dipper, Little Dipper, and the North Star, are all embedded in the intelligence of His design.

Intelligent design is rational and logical. The Lord’s intelligence is astounding and all encompassing. It cannot be measured or completely understood, but it can be adored and praised. His intelligent design is a facilitator of faith in Him. Intelligent design is an act of the Almighty,  more proof of His profound power and might. The pure snow-capped peaks of the highest mountains point in praise toward their divine designer in heaven. Their rugged stone faces are a reminder of the rock solid dependability of your Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Anyone who has ever scaled an Everest-like mountain, knows the intimacy and exhilaration of caressing the rugged face of God.

When you engage with the intelligence behind the design of creation, you begin to dance with its creator, for intelligent design is not meant to be an end in itself. It is not just a lot of impressive scientific facts and statistics, but  is His coming-out party that complements His visit to earth in the person of His Son, Jesus Christ. Indeed, Jesus was enamored with the intelligence of His father’s design as a metaphor for life. He spoke of the birds of the air, the lilies of the valley, and the stature of man. He described the Holy Spirit as a calm and unseeing wind. The new birth was contrasted with physical birth.

Above all else, Jesus was the “Word” in the beginning with God, installing intelligent design throughout all creation (John 1:1-3). Intelligent design is God’s invitation to faith. Anyone serious about his religion and equally serious about intellectual honesty, will trawl the depths of God’s design. The sincere search for truth will most likely lead them to Christ. Sincere seekers of a Savior through science will not be disappointed, but amazed, by engaging with the Creator Himself. Use intelligent design to galvanize your faith and give your evangelistic effort credibility. The truly intelligent invite Jesus Christ in as the interior designer of their soul. His outward and inward design is matchless and magnificent.

Post/Tweet today: The Lord’s intelligence is astounding and all encompassing. His intelligent design is a facilitator of faith in Him. #wisdomhunters

Taken from the June 21st reading in Boyd’s 365-day devotional book, “Seeking Daily the Heart of God vol. 1” … http://bit.ly/Tv6y9a

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Comments

  1. Roland Wallace says:

    I missed the Prayer and Related Readings with this devotional … Why?

    Therefore I submit for your review:

    Prayer: Do I regularly praise the greatness of God Almighty? Do I liberally recount the unsearchable greatness of God the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit? Do I liberally recite God’s wondrous deeds?

    Related Readings: Psalm 19:7-9; 48:1; 145:3; John 1:1-3; Romans 11:33-36

    Thank you for the daily devotional essays.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Roland,
      Thank you for reaching out to us in regards to, “Intelligent Design”. You are right, there was no related scripture readings and prayer after this particular devotional. And I am not sure why that is BUT what I can tell you is that you have come up with some very thought-provoking questions in your prayer and I thank you for those! I have read them several times and they are powerful reminders for all of us. I speak for myself (and perhaps many others) when I humbly answer “No, I do not praise Him ENOUGH, CONSISTENTLY recount His unsearchable greatness or DAILY recite His wonderous deeds”. So thank you, Roland, for this powerful reminder! Thank you, my friend.
      I, for one, will be looking up your suggestions for related readings and already know that I will be blessed by them.

      We are so thankful that you are a fellow wisdom hunter and look forward to hearing from you again.

      Awestruck by His Greatness,
      Gwynne

  2. Please explain “unseeing”. Thank you.

    1. Gwynne says:

      Dear Kathryn~
      Thank you for reaching out to us with your question. I looked up the definition of “unseeing” and this is what I found: “with one’s eyes open but not noticing or perceiving anything”.(www.dictionary.reference.com)

      In the devotional, “Intelligent Design”, the word “unseeing” is used when speaking of the Holy Spirit. “He described the Holy Spirit as a calm and unseeing wind”.

      “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear it’s sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit.” John 3:8

      As I was diving into the Word, looking up examples of “unseeing” I found a good many. And then I realized, isn’t our faith, real faith, all about “unseeing”?

      “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” Hebrews 11:1

      “We live by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7

      Thank you Kathyrn for your question. We are so thankful for you and we look forward to hearing from you again in the future.

      Unseeing and Believing!
      Gwynne


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