From the earliest epoch of our conscious life, every one of us marveled at this wonderful world: blue sky, beautiful aurora, changeable clouds, alternate seasons of the year, and living beings in varied shapes…. While enjoying all these beautiful things, we couldn’t help getting lost in curiosity and thinking about the source behind them.
In the childhood, we, pure and innocent, often looked at the starry sky and listened with great relish to the star myths told by the elders. These stars were shaped like Jiang Ziya fishing and thosechildren A Pair of Hands stars looked like the Queen of Heaven drawing water by the Heavenly Lake. The elders said that the wish made at the falling of a meteor would come true; rain drops were Heaven’s merciful tears to human beings; thunder was Heaven’s voice of anger; and so on. After school, we often talked about this: Where do human beings live, on the earth’s interior or surface? Some said that people lived on the earth’s surface, while some doubted: Why don’t we fall off the earth? These doubts were woven into beautiful fairy stories, and accompanied us throughout the childhood as our most wonderful memories.
As I became more knowledgeable, I came to know planets are small celestial bodies originating from the Big Bang aeons ago. Rain is the water droplets formed by the condensation of air in low temperature. Thunder and lightning are phenomena caused by the mutual friction of electrons in the atmosphere. A rainbow is caused by the refraction of sunlight. Physical scientists summarized various laws; for example, there is universal gravitation between celestial bodies in the universe, which is invisible yet keeps all celestial bodies running regularly and enables human beings to live on the earth. The alternation between day and night is caused by the rotation of the earth on its axis, and the four seasons are caused by the revolution of the earth around the sun. There are innumerable, invisible magnetic fields in space…. The vast universe is so complex but in perfect order. All the laws don’t interrupt but complement each other. At that time, I found that my long-standing doubts remained unsolved, and I increasingly felt that the universe was so mysterious. Man only discovers the various laws in nature one after another. But how did those laws come into being? Do they exist by accident? With strong curiosity, I went to ask my teacher, but he answered me, “You just need to memorize the formula and give correct answers in the exam. Don’t be so sticky. What I can tell you is that all these things are works of nature.” There aren’t any other answers in the textbook. But in the unseen world, I feel there is a pair of miraculous hands orchestrating all these.
Once, I came across Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” Only then did I know everything in the universe was created by God. The mystery of the universe which man desperately explored was solved by such a simple word. Later, I read Almighty God’s word, “So many living beings are living and reproducing in the vast expanse of the universe, following the law of life over and over, adhering to one constant rule. Those who die take with them the stories of the living, and those who are living repeat the same tragic history of those who have died. And so mankind can’t help but ask itself: Why do we live? And why do we have to die? Who is in command of this world? And who created this mankind? Was mankind really created by Mother Nature? Is mankind really in control of its own fate? … For thousands of years mankind has asked these questions, over and over again. Unfortunately, the more that mankind has become obsessed with these questions, the more of a thirst he has developed for science. Science offers brief gratification and temporary enjoyment of the flesh, but is far from sufficient to free mankind of the solitariness, loneliness, and barely-concealed terror and helplessness deep within his soul. Mankind merely uses scientific knowledge that the naked eye can see and the brain can comprehend to anesthetize his heart. Yet such scientific knowledge cannot stop mankind from exploring mysteries. Mankind does not know who is the Sovereign of all things in the universe, much less does he know the beginning and future of mankind. Mankind merely lives, perforce, amidst this law. None can escape it and none can change it, for among all things and in the heavens there is but One from everlasting to everlasting who holds sovereignty over everything. He is the One who has never been beheld by man, the One whom mankind has never known, in whose existence mankind has never believed, yet He is the One who breathed the breath into mankind’s ancestors and gave life to mankind. He is the One who supplies and nourishes mankind for its existence, and guides mankind up to the present day. Moreover, He and He alone is whom mankind depends on for its survival. He holds sovereignty over all things and rules all living beings beneath the universe. He commands the four seasons, and it is He who calls forth wind, frost, snow, and rain. He gives mankind sunshine and brings the coming of night. It was He who laid out the heaven and earth, providing man with mountains, lakes and rivers and all the living things within them. His deed is everywhere, His power is everywhere, His wisdom is everywhere, and His authority is everywhere. Each of these laws and rules are the embodiment of His deed, and every one of them reveals His wisdom and authority. Who can exempt themselves from His sovereignty? And who can discharge themselves from His designs? All things exist beneath His gaze, and moreover, all things live beneath His sovereignty. His deed and His power leave mankind with no choice but to acknowledge the fact that He really does exist and holds sovereignty over all things. No other thing apart from Him can command the universe, much less can it ceaselessly provide for this mankind.” (from The Word Appears in the Flesh) Who else can speak such words except the Creator? Only the Creator can tell us the mysteries from the creation of the world. Only the Creator can preside over the fate of all mankind. From those words, I feel God’s authority is everywhere and ever-present, and His deeds manifest in every minute of our life. God is so great!
Almighty God also says, “Before this humanity came into being, the cosmos — all the planets, all the stars in the heavens — already existed. On the macro level, these heavenly bodies have been orbiting regularly, under God’s control, for their entire existence, however many years that has been. What planet goes where at what particular time; what planet does what task, and when; what planet revolves along what orbit, and when it disappears or is replaced — all these things proceed without the slightest error. The positions of the planets and the distances between them all follow strict patterns, all of which can be described by precise data; the paths along which they travel, the speed and patterns of their orbits, the times they are in various positions can be quantified precisely and described by special laws. For aeons the planets have followed these laws, never deviating one bit. No power can change or disrupt their orbits or the patterns they follow. Because the special laws that govern their motion and the precise data that describe them are predestined by the Creator’s authority, they obey these laws on their own, under the Creator’s sovereignty and control. On the macro level, it is not hard for man to find out some patterns, some data, as well as some strange and unexplainable laws or phenomena. Though humanity does not admit that God exists, does not accept the fact that the Creator made and has dominion over everything, and moreover does not recognize the existence of the Creator’s authority, human scientists, astronomers, and physicists are finding more and more that the existence of all things in the universe, and the principles and patterns that dictate their movements, are all governed and controlled by a vast and invisible dark energy. This fact compels man to face up to and acknowledge that there is a ‘Mighty One’ in the midst of these patterns of movement, orchestrating everything. His power is extraordinary, and though no one can see His true face, He governs and controls everything at every moment. No man or force can go beyond His sovereignty. Faced with this fact, man must recognize that the laws governing the existence of all things cannot be controlled by humans, cannot be changed by anyone; and at the same time man must admit that human beings cannot fully understand these laws. And they are not naturally-occurring, but are dictated by a Lord and Master. These are all expressions of the authority of God that mankind can perceive on a macro level.” (from A Continuation of The Word Appears in the Flesh)
Almighty God’s word lets me clearly know how God orchestrates and directs all things in the universe. Everything is fast changing with His thoughts. Whether man can understand and accept it or not, it is God’s mighty hands directing the movement of all things from everlasting to everlasting. Man ignores God’s care and keeping, and sticks to his strenuous exploration based on the thought of atheism, which will surely lead them into the boundless, dark whirlpool. This is because only God is the Master of all living beings, the life source of all created and non-created beings. Only God’s mighty hands can hold sovereignty over all things in the universe, which is an immutable fact.