Better Than A Big Brain


According to the Discovery Channel, British physicist Stephen Hawking is “the greatest mind on the planet.”

He believes in aliens, can teach us how to walk through time, and knows how the world will end.? So they promote their documentary called, “Into the Universe,” which aired on the Discovery Channel last night.

?To my mathematical brain, the numbers alone make thinking about aliens perfectly rational,? Hawking says, based on scientists’ belief that there are over 100 billion galaxies in the universe.

Hawking’s advice to us is to quit trying to talk to aliens. “We only have to look at ourselves to see how intelligent life might develop into something we wouldn’t want to meet,” he says. Heck, I knew that back in the 60’s from watching Twilight Zone. I quit trying to contact aliens when I was 12.

I’d like to have a great mind. I’d take power and riches too. This world “boasts” in these things. But God tells us there’s something far better to rejoice in.

Thus says the Lord: ?Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his might, let not the rich man boast in his riches, but let him who boasts boast in this, that he understands and knows me, that I am the Lord who practices steadfast love, justice, and righteousness in the earth. For in these things I delight, declares the Lord.? JE 9.23-24

I’d rather personally know the infinitely wise God than have the biggest brain in the world. I’d rather be weak and know the all-powerful One than rule a nation. I’d rather be poor and know the God who showers us with riches in Christ, than have the wealth of Solomon.

We should rejoice in these things:

That we know our God is “the Lord,” sovereign over every molecule in the universe. What a blessing to know the universe is not random. That things don’t just “happen” to us.

The Lord delights to practice steadfast love. If he were sovereign but not loving, this would be a scary universe. I wouldn’t fear aliens – I’d fear an unpredictable God. But our King’s infinite power is motivated and guided by steadfast love.

He always acts in justice and righteousness. God always does the right thing. He never does us wrong. And he’ll use his infinite power to bring about justice in the earth and blessing for his blood-bought children.

Aren’t you glad you know the Lord who is sovereign, loving, just and righteous?

Mark Altrogge

I’m a pastor at Saving Grace Church in Indiana, PA. I’m married to Kristi, have 5 kids, and a growing number of grandkids. I enjoy songwriting, oil painting and coffee, not necessarily in that order.