All Glory to God

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen.”—Romans 11:36 (NKJV)
 
Earlier this year, NASA celebrated the arrival of its Juno spacecraft at the planet Jupiter in our solar system. The mind-boggling 1.8 billion-mile journey took five years to complete, according to The New York Times, and is a testament to man’s ingenuity.
 
The photographs that beamed back to earth from the Gas Giant are stunning, and it’s literally awe-inspiring to behold the wonders of God’s cosmos in such detailed fashion. Images from deep space taken by the Hubble Telescope of nebulas and distant galaxies have similarly captured our imaginations over the years.
 
However, one of the scientists quoted in the Times article said the goal of NASA’s mission is to “learn the recipe for solar systems” and wondered, “How do you make the solar system?” In an attempt to answer his own question, the man pointed to similar elements found on Jupiter and Earth (such as lithium, carbon, and nitrogen) and concluded, “It is what life comes from.”
 
Sadly, while scientists are discovering more details of the universe and its composition, many still fail to recognize the Source of the mysteries they are unveiling. Life didn’t originate from the explosion of a random cloud of dust and particles, although I’m sure there was an explosive “bang” that occurred when God said, “Let there be light” (Genesis 1:3 NKJV). We are here because Jesus is Elohim, the Creator God, the great I Am.
 
In Colossians 1:16-17 (NIV), Paul declares Jesus’ supremacy in the universe: “For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.” In other words, the entire universe is in God’s hands, and without Him it would all unravel. For this reason, we need to give God glory, as Paul notes in today’s verse. But what does that mean, exactly? In short, it means we ought to worship Him.
 
As theologian Matthew Henry explained, “If all are of Him, and through Him, all should be to Him, and for Him. Whatever begins, let God’s glory be the end: especially let us adore Him when we talk of the Divine counsels and actings. The saints in heaven never dispute, but always praise.”
 
DIG: Read the entry in Strong’s Concordance for the word “glory.” What does it teach you about the meaning of God’s glory?
 
DISCOVER: Spend some time this week viewing the photo gallery from the Hubble Telescope, and then read God’s response to Job in chapters 38-41. What is God telling you about Himself through His creation?
 
DISPLAY: The next time you look up at the night sky, praise God for revealing Himself through the splendor of His creation. Then consider your identity as His child in light of the incredible vastness of His universe.

About the Author

Rob Nieminen

Rob Nieminen is a seasoned writer and editor who has written devotionals for Calvary since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. He serves in the Worship Ministry at Calvary Boynton Beach and is an avid reader, an erratic golfer, and an aspiring photographer who loves to cook and spend time with his family.