Today’s Scripture: But the word is very nigh unto thee, in thy mouth, and in thy heart, that thou mayest do it. Deuteronomy 30:14
A 2016 Time magazine article, Not-So-Close Encounters, illustrates the folly of listening for signals from supposed extra-terrestrial life. The article talked about a well-known signal that was thought to be evidence for alien life called the “Wow” signal, detected in 1977. But, in 2016, a Florida academic determined this 72-second signal likely came from two comets.
In 2015, Australian astronomers realized that a signal they had heard during the daytime for the previous 17 years didn’t come from E.T. but from a microwave in the next room. Turns out, it was just Billy heating up his burrito. Not so much a message from outer space. More like someone wanted their lunch hot.
I was raised near a giant dish antenna in Hopper, Arkansas. The locals say this receiver was designed to pick up faint signals from space. It was definitely big enough to pick up something: you can see it on Google Earth.
Why are we so fascinated by faint signals when we ignore the very clear teachings of God’s Word? God has spoken clearly on a great number of issues:
- Life begins at conception (Jer. 1:5)
- Marriage is one man and one woman (Mark 10:7)
- God loves Israel and doesn’t want us supporting nations avowed to destroy it (Psalm 122:6)
- Salvation is by grace alone by faith alone (Eph. 2:8-9)
- Gender is assigned by God, not chosen by individuals (Gen. 1:27)
God’s Word is right here. Most of us have a copy. All of us can access it 24 hours a day on the web. Yet we routinely ignore it and chase after abstract illusions instead.
We brush aside what God has said at our own peril. He is the Creator and Judge of the universe, and we will all answer to Him. He will judge us by what He has clearly said in His Word. It would behoove us to pay less attention to imaginary aliens and more attention to a very real God to Whom we will all give account.
Instead of basing our life on man’s opinion or sketchy signals, let’s choose now to listen carefully and “do it” as our text says.
Devotional by Pastor Neal Dearyan