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God's Precision for His Children

By his wisdom the Lord founded the earth; by understanding he established the heavens; by his knowledge the deeps broke open, and the clouds drop down the dew. (Proverbs 3:19-20)

The universe is a realm of unfathomable precision. Modern physicists have identified dozens of physical constants that govern the properties of the natural world. Many of these constants require such fine calibration that even minuscule changes in the constants would prohibit the formation of life in the universe.

For instance, if the force of gravity were bigger or smaller by an infinitesimal amount – one part in 10 to the 60th power – the universe would have either collapsed into itself (because gravity was a bit too strong) or expanded so quickly that no stars could form (because gravity was a bit too weak). Even more mind-boggling, if the proportion of matter, energy, and dark matter were not calibrated to an astonishing one part in 10 to 1230th power (that’s a 1 with 1,230 zeros after it) then life would be impossible in our universe.

When we turn to the human body, we find a chemical machine with tens of thousands of genes creating 100,000 different proteins to carry out complex and coordinated functions in 100 trillion cells in every single human life. And these are just a few of the dozens of examples of the sophistication and precision of our world.*

Where did that precision come from? Who “established the heavens” in all their exactitude? The probabilities involved are so remote that many scientists have joined with the Bible in attributing divine design of the universe. British astrophysicist Fred Hoyle wrote:

A common sense interpretation of the facts suggests that a super-intellect has monkeyed with physics, as well as with chemistry and biology, and that there are no blind forces worth speaking about in nature. The numbers one calculates from the facts seem to me so overwhelming as to put this conclusion almost beyond question.

But Proverbs is not merely concerned with God’s physical design of the universe, but about his moral design as well. There is a connection between the two; God’s exquisite plan for the universe implies an exquisite plan for human life. When we are tempted to depart from God’s path of wisdom – to indulge lust, rage, greed, or pride – we should consider that we are contradicting the Super-Intellect who designed our lives. It is never logical or advisable to reject his wisdom.

Today, thank God for the amazing world he has created for us, and ask for his Spirit to strengthen you as you seek to live faithfully according to his wisdom.

Father, thank you for your infinite plan, both in the physical and moral realms. As I marvel at your world, please help me to submit to your design and live in the joy that you have prepared for me. Amen.

* For more on the fine-tuning of the universe, check out this short animated video: