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An Anthropic World

So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them.

— Genesis 1:27

The 500th anniversary of Copernicus’ birth was celebrated in 1973. Copernicus showed that the earth was not at the center of the universe, a scientific finding used to displace the earth and man from their presumed place of central importance in the cosmos. In celebrating the Copernican revolution, his followers were celebrating the demise of man and, more importantly, the demise of God.

However, at the celebration Brandon Carter, a highly reputed astronomer from Oxford, discussed his discovery of certain strange and almost inexplicable things in the world of particle physics and astronomy. They all seemed to that suggest that this world, and the whole universe, have been made for the purpose of hosting intelligent life on this planet—namely man.

He noted, for example, that if the mass of the proton were just a tiny fraction larger or smaller, the entire solar system would collapse. Many similar physical constants, which appear optimized for human existence, point to the fact that this universe seems to have been designed for mankind.

Carter’s “anthropic principle” says that this universe has a “purpose.” This is a dirty word to evolutionists, who have substituted “chance” for “design” and “purpose.”

But suddenly, at the 500th anniversary of the Copernican revolution, when the final spike was being driven into the significance of man, the anthropic principle was born. Despite man’s attempts to deny God, He has left His fingerprints all over the universe.

Question to ponder:
Why did God create the world?

Anger Management

He who is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes a city.

— Proverbs 16:32

When it comes to anger, someone has said that people tend to be of two different types. There are those who blow up and there are those who clam up. Some people do both. Paul deals with that in Ephesians 4:26. He says, “Be angry but do not sin.”

There is such a thing as righteous anger but the sin related to anger is when this bursts forth in all sorts of vicious speech. When we rail against another person, give place to malice, explode, and tell other people off. We have then given way to sin; we have given place to the devil.

So Paul tells us in verse 26 that we are not to let our anger explode. Furthermore, he says, “No not let the sun go down on your anger.” That is, do not close up like a clam and keep that hot boiling anger within you. There are some people who can keep it in for years, blocking any sort of communication.

But by His grace, many people are able to control their anger, to “be angry and sin not.”

Question to ponder:
How has the Holy Spirit worked in your life to control your temper?

An Absolute God

Who is He—this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory.

— Psalm 24:10

What exactly are absolutes? If you were to check the word “absolute” in Webster’s Dictionary, you would discover that “absolute” comes from the two Latin words ab (“from”) and solvere (“to set free”) from which we also get the word dissolve. So absolute means “to be set free.”

But set free from what? It means to be set free from imperfection. To be pure. It means to free from any admixture. It is perfect. It means to be free from any limit, restriction, or qualification as in an absolute monarch. And it means to be positive, certain, authoritative.

That is what absolutes are, whether we are talking about persons or truth. To be absolute is to be free from any kind of error, admixture, imperfection, or limit.

If there are no absolutes, there is no God, because God is the ultimate absolute. His omnipotence is without limit, restraint, or qualification. His omniscience is unlimited. His omnipresence is without restraint or restriction. God is the altogether absolute One. He is the absolute Monarch, the absolute God.

Question to ponder:
What are the consequences of a world without absolutes?


… In this is love: not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the atoning sacrifice for our sins.

— 1 John 4:10

God’s forgiveness is astounding. I hope that you realize that all of your sins are wiped away by a God who cannot forget anything because He is omniscient and knows all things. One of the great mysteries of the Scriptures, a paradox indeed, is that He has said, He will cast all our sins “into the depths of the sea” (Micah 7:19) and He will remember them no more (see Jeremiah 31:34).

In Christ we have the assurance that all of our sin has been wiped away and we are reconciled unto God, invited back into His favor, into the fellowship of His communion, adopted into His family, given His name, invited to His table, made His heir everlastingly. Our inheritance in Christ cannot possibly be measured. That is what Christ has done for us on the cross.

What I have just described is called “propitiation.” This means that the wrath of God toward us is set aside and falls not on us, but on our substitute, Christ. Secondly, it means our sin is wiped away forever, as when one would wash a blackboard. Thirdly, we who had our backs to God are reconciled and drawn into the fellowship of His love. This is God’s forgiveness; this is God’s love.

Question to ponder:
What does it mean that God is “appeased”?

Rejoice in All Circumstances

… Rejoice always.

— 1 Thessalonians 5:16

Trouble comes to us all, saved or unsaved. But people react differently.

We know that the same sun that bakes bricks melts butter. Adversity causes some people to become embittered and hardened, to become hateful toward God and man. Others it sweetens and softens and enriches.

The world finds it very, very strange that even in the midst of the most painful circumstances, there can be rejoicing. In fact, Paul tells us that we can be sorrowful and rejoice at the same time: “as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10).

Regardless of the pain of the circumstances, there can be deep-seated joy. In the midst of an illness, at the very nadir of my experience, a time when I was in such pain that I absolutely did not know what to do and tears were coursing down my cheeks, I could honestly say to my wife, “I yet believe that God is good and will lift me up out of this.”

What kind of problems have you had this past week? Did you face them like Paul, or like the world faces them? How do we deal with our problems? Faith comes from our realization that God is with us, whatever the problems we may face. When we face them, do we become better or do we become bitter?

Question to ponder:
Are you going through a difficult time? Can you find something to thank God for in the midst of your adversity?

A Father Who Loves the Mother

… rejoice with the wife of your youth.

— Proverbs 5:18

The best thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother. If you are going to be a godly dad, you need to forsake all others with heart and mind and soul and love your wife. We are to love our wives as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for us.

It is in loving each other that parents create a stable and good home. Besides loving his wife in order to be a good father, a man must commit to be there for his children.

It is really very easy to become a father, but it is very difficult to be a godly father in the home. You must, first of all, be a godly man. Second, you must—very obviously, but today, importantly—be in the home, because if there is one place where tens of millions of American fathers are not present today, it is in the home. Eighty percent of all of the families in the inner city are fatherless. Eighty percent!

Without fathers in the home, children will lack the emotional center a father provides, crime will go up as will all the troubles that lack of guidance and fathering bring upon a family.

Question to ponder:
What happens to a society where men are not present in the home?

The Gospel in the Stars

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament shows His handiwork. Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night declares knowledge.

— Psalm 19:1-2

The zodiac has twelve major signs. The first is Virgo, depicting a woman who has in her right hand a branch and in her left hand sheaves of corn. In Hebrew, she is called Bethulah, which means “virgin,” even as virgo, from Latin, means virgin.

Everywhere her name is the same. She is called “the virgin.” This is of course, the picture of Mary, the virgin mother of Christ. So we have Virgo, the virgin woman, holding the branch and seeds in her hand. We find next to her, Coma, “the desired one” (the desire of all nations, who shall come) who is now an infant being nourished in her lap. Thirdly, we see him grown to manhood—a very unusual man, however, one with two natures: One who is the great hunter, teacher, physician; one who gives his life voluntarily and conveys his immortality to others; one who is the great High Priest, slaying the victim over the Southern Cross.

Finally, we see him, also full grown, coming mightily and in power, and rapidly as Bootes—the coming One, the ruler, the governor, the harvester of the earth, coming with a sickle in his hand in judgment to harvest the world. Thus, there is the Gospel presented in the stars, in the Zodiac—none of which has anything to do with reading your horoscope.

Question to ponder:
How do the stars “reveal knowledge”?

A Surprising Witness from Antiquity

When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have established …

— Psalm 8:3

The Bible condemns astrology. It says that we are not to consort with astrologers; we are not to consult them; we are not to have anything to do with astrology. And, yet, behind all of that, there is a great revelation of God and His glory and of His salvation in what has come to be known as the zodiac. This is often described as a circle of animals. But that is not really what the word “zodiac” means. Rather it comes from a primitive root, zoad, which comes from the Hebrew sodi, and in Sanskrit means: “a way; a step; a path.” It is the path, or the way, and it is the way of salvation revealed in the heavens.

I hope that as you go out and look at the starry skies above, you will be impressed anew and afresh. You will become amazed at the God who hath written on high these things for all the world to see. For surely His voice has gone out unto the ends of the earth, and the invisible things of Him are plainly seen from the creation of the world. God has placed in the constellations of the zodiac, which He brought forth with His own hand, pictures of the great salvation which He has wrought in Jesus Christ.

Before it was corrupted and twisted, the zodiac presented a clear picture of God’s story. It shows the virgin who gives birth to a son and is attacked by the evil one. And there is much more, as we will show in the following devotional reading.

Question to ponder:
The horoscope is a tool used by Satan to deceive. How did it become so twisted?

A Day of Reckoning

So then each of us shall give an account of himself to God.

— Romans 14:12

The Bible makes it plain that we shall, each one, have to give an account of ourselves. It will not be your wife, your husband, your parents, your neighbors, church members, or preachers—it will be you yourself that you will be giving an account of in that great day. No other statements will be allowed. I guess the Corinthians are still around today. How many people walk out of church and make comments such as: “Well, what did you think of that sermon?” “How did you like the preacher?” Are we not back to Corinth again? My friends, do you come to judge God’s servants or do you come to place yourself under the judgment of God’s Word? What a difference there is in those two attitudes.

In a worship service, to paraphrase Soren Kierkegaard, it is God who is the audience, the congregation, the performer, and the preacher. God is the one to judge. We who are covered by the blood of Christ will be forgiven, but we are still accountable and will face the day of reckoning.

Question to ponder:
What is frightening and what is comforting about the accountability of believers?

Sin Has Consequences

“Where have you come from, Gehazi?” And he said, “Your servant went here and there.” He said to him, “Did my heart not go with you when the man turned from his chariot to meet you? Is it a time to take money, and to take garments, olives and vineyards, sheep and oxen, male and female servants?”

— 2 Kings 5:25-26

Many people think they can get away with all sorts of crimes today. Perhaps they do for a while. But in the big picture, God sees, and He will one day bring it to light—whether in this life or the next.

In 2 Kings 5, Gehazi ended up with Naaman’s leprosy because of his greed. When David sinned, he was forgiven—yet “the sword” never left his house. Even though God forgives us for our sins when we come to Him with repentance, God does not always remove the consequences of our sins. Sin is always serious and always destructive.

Certain sins can follow families and be repeated for several generations. Yes, God can break the cords of sin. Chains can be loosed at Calvary, but it is much better to keep ourselves from sin in the first place.

Question to ponder:
Have you seen situations where one sin has brought trouble to many?