This past Monday was Thanksgiving Day. Although not all farmers are finished working on the fields, we take time to look back on a season of planting and harvesting. When a season has led to an abundant harvest, there is reason to be thankful. Do we thank God in such circumstances? Or do we simply take such blessings for granted? This past season has been difficult for many. Unfavourable weather has led to poor yields. Has this affected you? How are you dealing with it? If you have thanked God in the past for abundant harvests, are you blaming him now? Or are you looking to him for encouragement, strength, and guidance for the future, trusting that all things are in his hands?
Difficulties not "natural"
The Bible teaches us that the difficulties of life, the pains, the sorrows, and even death, are not natural. Things were not that way in the beginning. God created the heavens and the earth. When he completed his work everything was very good (Genesis 1:31). What we see today is not always very good. The Bible tells us this is a result of mans fall into sin. Man broke the bond with God, who is the source of all blessings. This has upset our relationship with God. It has also led to disharmony in our relationships with people around us. Even the relationship between man and nature has been affected in a negative way. Only God can give us help in this situation.
Religion vs. science?
The evolution theory tells us a totally different story. It says that things have evolved by chance. Chaos and disorder progress to increasing order. The mechanisms for this to happen are mutations and natural selection, leading to survival of the fittest. Questions related to creation and evolution are not by definition matters of religion versus science. Both those who believe that God created the world and those who adhere to the evolution theory must deal with the same facts. The question is how to interpret those facts. What are the underlying assumptions? Many people have the mistaken idea that the evolution theory gives an adequate explanation for the world we see while the Bible doesn't. That is a simplistic way of looking at a complex topic. Now that another season of planting and harvesting is drawing to a close, ask yourself: is this all a result of chance? Or is there a pattern in the seasons pointing to a Creator who has a message for us in his Word?
Dr. Andrew J. Pol