We have recently had occasion to think again about what are referred to as the “natural laws” of the universe. When Almighty God created the Universe, he set within it certain laws that are irrefutable.
One which governs everything on the earth, and with which we are all well acquainted, is the law of gravitation – “the force of attraction that acts between all objects because of their mass (that is, the amount of material they are made of). Gravitation holds the universe together. For example, it holds together the hot gases in the sun and keeps the planets in their orbits. The moon’s gravitation causes the ocean tides on earth. Because of gravitation, objects that are on or near the earth are pulled toward it. The gravitational attraction that a planet has for objects near it is called the force of gravity.”
It was the famous scientist, Sir Isaac Newton (1642 to 1727), who is credited with making this discovery. When he was 23 years old, he noticed an apple fall from a tree, and he realized that the same force that made the apple fall holds the moon in its orbit around the earth. Scientists have put forward a number of theories concerning the gravitational phenomenon.
However, scientists have also discovered some laws that supersede the law of gravitation.
In our physical world, this law is always at work with its downward pull. But the power of the sun, sweeping over the ocean, pulls the water upward and overcomes the law of gravitation. So we see two laws at work: the upward pull of the sun, and the downward pull of gravity.
The law of aerodynamics is employed to lift and fly heavy machines into the air, thus overcoming the ever present gravity. Since the first primitive flying machines in the mid-1800s, men have been building and flying bigger and better airplanes, like the Boeing 747 Jumbo Jet which can carry as many as 500 passengers plus cargo. And the supersonic airbuses that can fly faster than sound, at a speed of nearly 700 miles per hour, and a height of 40,000 feet!
As well, in space travel, a rocket overcomes gravity by producing a pushing force called “thrust” which, like weight, can be measured in pounds. To lift a spacecraft, a rocket must have a thrust greater than its own weight and the added weight of the spacecraft.
Jesus tells us to “CONSIDER THE BIRDS.” If you could ask them whether they were not afraid of the law of gravity, how would they reply? They would say, “We never heard the name of Newton. We know nothing about his law. We fly because it is the law of our life to fly.” Not only is there in them a life with the power of flight, but that life has a law which enables these living creatures to quite spontaneously overcome the law of gravity.
The wise writer of the Proverbs listed four things that were too wonderful for him, which he could not understand. One of them was “the way of an eagle in the air.” It is the life of the eagle to soar high above the earth in the clear mountain air. (Prov. 30:18,19)
Spiritually speaking, the Bible describes the “LAW OF SIN AND DEATH” which became established because of the disobedience and sin of the originators of the human race. This spiritual law affects the whole human race, as does the natural law of gravity. “Wherefore, as by one man (Adam) sin entered into the world, and death by sin, and so death passed upon all men, for all have sinned.” (Rom. 5:12)
The 7th chapter of Romans shows us the futility of trying to live a Christian life through our own effort.
In contrast, in the 8th chapter of Romans, Paul introduces us to another higher law that supersedes the law of sin and death. That is the “LAW OF THE SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS,” which actually liberates us from the law of sin and death. United with Christ, the believer is acquitted, and is free forever from the law of sin and death. The just requirement of the law, a righteous life, is accomplished not ‘by’ us but ‘IN’ us – by “Christ Who is our Life.” The law could not do this, but the SPIRIT OF LIFE IN CHRIST JESUS can, and does free us.
When we “wait upon the Lord,” our “strength is renewed” so that we may “mount up with wings as eagles.” (Isa. 40:31) We may
“be like a bird which,
lighting on a bow too slight
and feeling it give way, SINGS,
knowing it has WINGS!”
Now may the God of HOPE
make you full of joy and peace through faith,
so that all HOPE may be yours
in the power of the Holy Spirit.
Romans 15:13 Bible in Basic English)
In Agape, Eulene