Daily Devotional – March 7
The universe exhibits the same precise movements as a finely crafted clock.
Beginning with our own solar system, we find that the planets orbit in the same direction, counter clockwise as viewed from above the earth’s North Pole. Each planet’s orbit is stable and precise. A planet’s orbital momentum tends to send the planet in a straight line, but the sun’s gravity pulls the planet’s path into a circle (or nearly a circle, an ellipse). If the planets did not have orbital motion, the sun would pull them in and burn them up. Nearly circular orbits prevent planets from straying into another planet’s orbit. All the planets orbit the sun in about the same plane (called the ecliptic). This allows them to be easily located from earth AND for the large gas giants to protect earth from comet-sized bodies.
The Milky Way Galaxy also shows clockwork design. The stars in our galaxy orbit the central hub in such a manner that gravity keeps the stars in a stable orbit. These billions of stars all travel in the same direction, thereby preventing collisions.
Such clockwork motion implies that there must be a clock-maker. We do not say a clock made itself. Clockwork motion means there is One who is a clockmaker, and that One is God. The heavens do declare the glory of God!
The heavens declare the glory of God….
~ Psalm 19:1
Source: "Pearls in Paradise" by authors Bruce Malone and Jule Von Vett
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