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  • From the Cedar Street Times, Pacific Grove

What does God say about the rhythms of His creation?

God told us everything He created was very good, Gen 1:31, " And God saw every thing that he had made, and, behold, it was very good. And the evening and the morning were the sixth day." Everything He created worked together perfectly. There were rhythms in every part of His creation, rhythms meant to sustain life and reflect Him.

The rhythms God left us are clues, which we can use to help us find our way to Him. His prophetic messages include specific dates and times, and most have already been fulfilled. He also placed identifiable rhythms throughout His creation, so even the most adamant of us cannot deny the perfect harmony of His creation, Rom 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” Everything God does is intentional, including the perfect harmony of His creation, which provides evidence of His existence, if we are willing to understand it, Ps 8:3-4, “When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?” We could look at the sky and see the perfectly predictable movement of all of the heavenly bodies, which God has used to interact with our planet and our human bodies. He has done all of this for our benefit, because He loves us, 2 Cor 6:18, “And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty.”

1 Cor 12:18, “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” The miracle, which is our human bodies, naturally leads us to know our creator God, if we are open to the idea of His existence. Our unwillingness to reason with God is the only thing stopping us from finding Him, Is 1:18, “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the Lord: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” Our bodies have multiple cycles, which include circadian rhythms marked by the earth making a single rotation. We have weekly cycles called circaseptan rhythms, which coincides with the weekly calendar God gave us at the creation event. Our hormones produce monthly cycles in both men and women, which coincides with the moon circling the earth a single time. Our bodies have yearly cycles, evidenced by reduced hormone levels that help regulate the dividing of cells and affect our lifespans, which coincides with the earth circling the sun a single time. We can search the internet to verify all of these cycles, but will that really change our minds? Only if we are willing to reason with the proof God has left us. He could have produced slaves with no choice but to serve Him. He doesn't want slaves; He wants a family. So, He created only two of us with the ability to reproduce, thus using the family unit as part of His creative process. Ultimately, He is using this process to create His eternal family, Gen 1:28, "And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth." and Matt 12:50, "For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother."

God left us another important message in the Bible, which leads to Him. He told us our human bodies have a predetermined maximum life expectancy, Gen 6:3, “Then the LORD said, My Spirit will not contend with man forever, for he is mortal; his days will be a hundred and twenty years.” Consider the Hayflick Phenomenon, as described in Wikipedia: “The Hayflick limit was discovered by Leonard Hayflick in 1961, at the Wistar Institute, Philadelphia, when Hayflick demonstrated that a population of normal human fetal cells in a cell culture divide between 40 and 60 times. It then enters a senescence phase. Each mitosis shortens the telomeres on the DNA of the cell. Telomere shortening in humans eventually makes cell division impossible, and it is presumed to correlate with aging.” It is interesting to note how Dr. Hayflick’s discovery led him to use human DNA to estimate our maximum life expectancy to be about 120 years, and that is exactly what God told us some 3,500 years ago, after the flood. No one in modern recorded history has lived longer than this 120-year limit. At one point, we believed Jeanne Clament had lived to be 122, just past the 120-year limit, until someone discovered it was really Yvonne Clament, Jeanne’s daughter, claiming to be Jeanne to avoid paying taxes. Shouldn’t our many medical advances have allowed someone to reach age 130 by now?

The clock God created for the completion of His plan begins with the seven-day week, which is a metaphor for His complete plan. God’s creation account concludes with Him resting on the seventh day after creating for six days. His complete plan concludes with us ruling with Him for one thousand years, after we have worked six thousand years dividing ourselves into two groups, the sheep and goats, Rev 20:6, “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years.” and Matt 25:31-34, “When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory: And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats: And he shall set the sheep on his right hand, but the goats on the left. Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world:” It is interesting to note that our society has chosen to give what we believe to be a positive connotation to the word goat, "Greatest of All Time." This acronym depicts the very nature of our defiance of God, we think we are somehow greater. Isn't that what Lucifer thought? When we act on this belief, we destroy the perfect harmony of God's creation, and someone will suffer for our defiance. We cannot blame God for the evil in this world, we must blame ourselves.

God's plan for salvation is seven-thousand years long, after which it all ends with the destruction of the old and the creation of the new, Rev 21:1-4, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.”

We have this life to observe the rhythms He has left us, and His invitation to salvation. There will be no acceptable excuses for denying the existence of God, Rom 1:20, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:” God calls all of us to pick Him and the eternal future He has planned, Eze 33:11, “Say unto them, As I live, saith the Lord God, I have no pleasure in the death of the wicked; but that the wicked turn from his way and live: turn ye, turn ye from your evil ways; for why will ye die, O house of Israel?” However, His plan requires each of us to decide our own eternal future.

God created Lucifer, as our example of what not to do. Lucifer chose to elevate himself to a position above God and God’s wisdom, Is 14:12-14, “How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations! For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north: I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.” How many of us today are ignoring God’s Word and His wisdom? Lucifer became Satan when He chose to make himself the ultimate "goat." What do we become when we choose to make ourselves our god? What is lost?

All of God’s creation works together toward the completion of His eternal plan, Rom 8:28, "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose." When we defy gravity, the consequences of a fall are devastating. If we defy God, by ignoring His existence and the evidence He has left for us, our fall will be devastating. The Truth is we are not God. We can do nothing without Him, Jn 15:4-6, "Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." The good news is we do not have to live without Him. He freely gives Himself to any of us who choose to love Him. When we do, we become new creatures, as we begin the process of sanctification. A big word meaning we begin transforming into the image of Jesus. It is a process that moves slowly, remember He has given some of us 120 years, and brings us ever closer to Him. When He returns, He will complete our sanctification process, and we will be like Him, Phil 3:21, " Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself."

Josh 24:15, " And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." I don’t know about you, but I choose to understand the rhythms God has left us as clues. I choose eternity with Him as part of His family; and all of the peace and joy it provides in this life.

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