For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.(Hebrews 4:12, NIV)
It seems to me that, so often, we think of God’s word as alive and active in our spiritual lives, when it comes to decisions and behaviors and the daily efforts to walk in the way of the Lord, and that is certainly true! But I am also often reminded, by headlines and world events, that God’s word is also alive and active in every literal way, and is continually illustrated and demonstrated and proven by the physical unfolding of time and life every day, all around us.
Just last night, I was reading the book of Isaiah.
I have even from the beginning declared it to thee; before it came to pass I shewed it thee: lest thou shouldest say, Mine idol hath done them, and my graven image, and my molten image, hath commanded them.(Isaiah 48:5, KJV)
The Lord has declared all things, all truth from the beginning of time. His word has not changed, and His truth has not changed. He has told us in advance, so that we would know that He is God, and not attribute events to some other idol or idea that we create ourselves. Because He knows that is our natural tendency, in the sinful flesh, and He desires to guard us from it, if we will accept His invitation.
And what is specifically wonderful about this, in the light of world events of any kind, is not that it somehow allows us to predict all the details of life. Rather, it is simply that, no matter what happens in life, every detail will always make sense in the light of God’s word!
~ biased ~
We all view the world through a lens. I get it. My lens is God’s word. I have been called an absolutist, and upon reflection, I agreed that this was true. Because I believe that God’s word is absolutely true, and my belief in God’s word absolutely biases everything that I observe in the world around me, and absolutely influences every way that I seek to live my life. I am pleased to let my belief in God’s word bias me, and in fact, I desire to become more absolutely biased in this regard, because only God’s word is life and truth!
For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, and him crucified.(1 Corinthians 2:2, KJV)
Of course, other people who view the world through other lenses believe that their lens is the truth, as well. So, I don’t share these observations to try to convince or persuade those who are looking at the world through a different lens, although I always wish that any and all people could be convinced to accept God’s truth into their lives.
Then Agrippa said unto Paul, Almost thou persuadest me to be a Christian. And Paul said, I would to God, that not only thou, but also all that hear me this day, were both almost, and altogether such as I am…*(Acts 26:28-29, KJV)
* that is, entirely converted and devoted to Christ
But rather, I share these observations because, for anyone looking at the world through the lens of God’s word, it is just really cool to watch scientific discoveries confirm God’s word in all kinds of details!
~ headlines ~
I skim through headline news nearly every day. Most headlines are consumed by politics, natural disasters, and celebrities, of course, but I also get a sprinkling of architecture and design and science. Science often catches my eye, but probably not in the way that the authors intended.
Modern science is nearly overwhelmingly evolutionary in basis. I don’t think I’ve seen a scientific article filter through my news app that has been written by anyone who specifically believed in the God of all creation. I have to go looking for those on purpose. Still, because I have my own, personal, completely-biased lens through which I view these articles, I see God’s word there even when the author doesn’t!
Here are a few recent headlines that caught my eye, along with the word of God that I saw in each of them.
~ the blood ~
Does it seem possible, after so many years of modern medicine, that we could still be discovering new things about something so abundantly studied and observed as our very own blood?
Seems it is!
In a recent analysis of the composition of blood, researchers discovered something that has escaped notice all these many years. And it has to do with mitochondria.
Mitochondria are often described as the “power plant” of our cells. They are specialized structures within each of our cells that, essentially, provide the energy for all cellular activities, and they have the interesting distinction of having their own DNA, mitochondrial DNA, which can be recognized independently from nuclear DNA. Red blood cells, themselves, do not contain either a nucleus or mitochondria, and mitochondria have never been recognized as an integral part of the composition of our blood.
But recently, analysts recognized a high percentage of mitochondrial DNA present in the blood stream, prompting them to take a closer look. What they found were complete, independent mitochondrial structures, forming an integral part of plasma along with red blood cells! For some reason, as yet only hypothesized, our blood is full of the structures that are specifically designed to provide energy for cellular activities…
For the life of the flesh is in the blood…(Leviticus 17:11, KJV)
Truly, I thought, it turns out that the life of the flesh is literally in the blood!
~ cooling down ~
So, I have always learned that average body temperature is 98.6 degrees, haven’t you? Of course, I knew that each individual might vary slightly, but 98.6 has always been the standard reference, certainly for as long as I’ve ever know. And, in fact, it turns out that this average body temperature was determined back around the 1860s, and has been the widely-accepted medical standard ever since.
But today, research analysis of hundreds of temperatures over a couple hundred years has shown that today’s average temperature is actually somewhat lower than 98.6 degrees. Average human body temperature, today, is more like 97.9 degrees.
“Humans are Still Evolving: 3 Examples of Recent Adaptations”
(also cited by several other recent articles: Scientific American; Smithsonian; New Scientist)
But what was more interesting to me was not just that the measurement was different, which could be attributed to the increased accuracy of modern measuring instruments, as well as to the increased accuracy of having more data points. What was really interesting to me was that this research shows that average temperature has actually been slowly and steadily decreasing over time.
And because iniquity shall abound, the love of many shall wax cold.(Matthew 24:12, KJV)
What a thought-provoking illustration of an eternal spiritual truth. As unrighteousness steadily increases around the world, we often observe that the love of many seems to be growing cold. How interesting that our literal, physical bodies are growing steadily colder, as well.
~ dry bones ~
When we think of bone density, most of us think of osteoporosis and everything that we have learned about nutrition and activity as important factors in maintaining healthy bone density into old age. But what about bone density over the span of generations, or even over the span of human history?
Recent research set out to compare fossil bone density to modern bone density. The authors attribute fossil specimens to evolutionary hominids, but I simply attribute them to our ancient ancestors dating back to Noah’s time.
Using modern, high-resolution imaging technology, researchers found that the bone density of our ancestors was much greater than modern human bone density.
“Humans are Still Evolving: 3 Examples of Recent Adaptations”
(also cited by several other recent articles: Live Science; National Center for Biotechnology Information; Johns Hopkins Medicine)
In fact, according to their evolutionary theory, it appears that for millions of years, hominids had uniformly greater bone density; and then, suddenly, modern humans arrived as a species with an immediate decrease in bone density. Of course, through my own biased lens of God’s word, I observe that the earth changed catastrophically during the days of Noah. Our strong ancestors disembarked into a world that was much harsher in all aspects, leading to an immediate reduction in life-spans as we see in the genealogies that follow. So we can reasonably assume that this was accompanied by an accelerated degeneration of all kinds of physical aspects of our bodies, including our bones. Evolutionists see a new species with new characteristics; I see a major life change for the human race that rapidly affected our bodies, down to our very bones.
Researchers are searching for the cause of this rapid change in bone density, in hopes of finding clues to help us deal with bone loss challenges today. They hypothesize that this change must be the result of a reduction in activity, an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, and I certainly don’t disagree! It’s an observable fact that reduced activity leads to bone loss; we see it as people age, we see it as people spend lots of time sitting in offices, we even see it in space.
Still, all that being said…
A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.(Proverbs 17:22, KJV)
Isn’t it even more interesting that, alongside these physically-observable facts, there is a spiritual truth that is entirely consistent, as well? If wickedness in the world increases over time, and fewer people abound in the joy of the Lord, we observe the spiritual symptoms of broken spirits…And, it would seem, we observe physical symptoms of drying bones, as well!
~ something to think about ~
I am not suggesting that, knowing that the life is in the blood, I could have hypothesized that we would find mitochondria as an integral part of our blood plasma; or that, knowing that ongoing sin makes love grow cold, I could have told you that the average human body temperature would decrease over time; or that, knowing that a crushed spirit dries the bones, I could have predicted that bone density would decrease over generations.
Rather, I simply observe that, as many things as human science discovers about ourselves and the world in which we live, I am never disappointed, but always find all new discoveries to be perfectly consistent with the truths that God has established in His eternal word all along!
“…For no word from God will ever fail.”(Luke 1:37, BSB)
by Sydney Michalski, photos by Joe Michalski