The Constancy of Our Unchangeable God

The Constancy of Our Unchangeable God by Paul J. Palma via CBN News

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 NIV) 

On August 21, 2017, viewers around the world enjoyed a rare glimpse into the beauty of creation. Dubbed “The Great American Eclipse,” onlookers in 14 states, in a path from Oregon to South Carolina, witnessed the spectacle of a total solar eclipse. A once in a lifetime event, the last eclipse of this kind, visible in a band stretching from the Pacific to the Atlantic coast, occurred in 1918. Tens of millions flocked to sites where, with protective eclipse glasses, they could freely gaze on this celestial wonder.

According to the Genesis creation narrative, God fashioned two brilliant lights in the heavens—“the greater light to govern the day and the lesser light to govern the night” (Genesis 1:16 NIV). In a total solar eclipse, the “lesser light” (the moon) comes into alignment between our purview on earth and the “greater light” (the sun), so that for a few minutes the moon completely hides the sun. To the observer, the shadow cast by the moon makes the three o’clock sky, even on a clear day, appear as dim as evening twilight. Those closest to the direct course—the “the path of totality”—can feel the temperature drop; they can see a bright glow on the horizon, the stars come out, and an aura of gases surrounding the sun (the “corona”).

This cosmic feat is only possible because of the precise correlation between the size of the sun and its relative distance from us. The sun is 400 times the size of the moon and, “it just so happens,” also 400 times further away. This combination of precision and beauty points to the handiwork of an intelligent Designer, who crafted the cosmos in just such a way so that His glory might be displayed for all to see.

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