Dr. James C. Denison
President, Center for Informed Faith, Dallas, TX
November 11, 2010
The exploding universe and Jabba the Hutt
Did you hear about the mysterious explosion at the center of the galaxy? Two scientists have found “bubbles” which extend 25,000 light years up and down from each side of the galaxy. They contain the energy equivalent of 100,000 supernova explosions.
The New York Times reports that no one knows their source. Some think they are fueled by a wave of star births and deaths. According to the Times, another option is a “gigantic belch from the black hole known to reside, like Jabba the Hutt, at the center of the Milky Way.” I never thought I’d type those words in a morning devotional.
This week we’re considering the omniscience and omnipotence of God in an ever-transforming universe. Such changes are not limited to outer space. According to George Friedman, author of the much-debated geopolitical treatise called The Next 100 Years, America is in our fifth 50-year cycle.
Our culture was first dominated by wealthy landowners like George Washington and Thomas Jefferson; then by frontier pioneers like Daniel Boone; then by small towns settled by these pioneers; and then by large cities as small town residents pursued employment. Now we are in a suburban phase made possible by interstate highways and high-speed freeways.
All is not well in this phase. According to the Times’ Bob Herbert, the economy added 151,000 jobs last month, more than most economists expected. At that rate of job growth, however, it would take 15 to 20 years to get the employment rate back to where it was when the Great Recession began in December of 2007. The U.S. now ranks 12th among 36 developed nations for the percentage of young people with college degrees; we were once the global leader.
But Jesus is not surprised by any of this. As we’ve observed this week, “all things were created by him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:16-17). His Spirit is leading the Fifth Great Awakening around the world, as more people are coming to faith in Jesus every day than at any time in Christian history.
South Korea is one-third to one-half born again Christian; there is a worship movement sweeping Australia and a Pentecostal revival sweeping Central and South America. More Muslims are becoming Christians than at any time in Islamic history, many after seeing visions and dreams of Jesus. What our Lord is doing in South Korea and Cuba, he wants to do in Dallas and New York City and Los Angeles. If we would turn to him, praying each day for this awakening to sweep our nation, our Father would use our prayers to touch our country for his glory.
Perhaps you’ve heard of Satan’s garage sale. He had all his tools on display and priced: anger, murder, hate, lust, gossip, and the rest. At the end of the table lay an unnamed tool more worn than all the others, but priced highest of all. Someone asked him, “What tool is that?” He said, “Discouragement.” “Why is it priced so high?” He explained: “Because no one knows it’s mine.” Don’t let him use his tool on you today.