The Power of the Universe

Much Repeated Phrase
One phrase we hear often today is “the power of the universe”. It is the declared hope of many, regarded as the energy behind what influences life. It is a new age influenced idea, a substitute for a personal God. Does it answer the deepest longings and needs we have? 

Our hearts long for transcendence, meaning, and hope over the pain of human circumstance. We yearn for significance. We want to know we matter. How transcendent is “the power of the universe”? How can a supposed energy give us any true meaning as individual personalities? Not only does this view have truth flaws, it is an inadequate answer.

The Universe
The universe is vast. It is beyond what we can comprehend. We can therefore say it is big, certainly bigger than us. Yet, the universe is only part of the vastness of space. Science tells us it is immense. What kind of power created this? A lesser thing cannot create something greater than itself. In addition, since we are personal creatures, with emotions, a dynamic thought life, an awareness of ourselves, and an identity, this reveals a greater cause to our own existence which has personality. 

The Bible bears witness to the fact that an almighty, all-knowing, all-seeing, and everywhere present God created both the seen and unseen world. His dominant supremacy is thunderously glorious, infinitely greater than all the universes and every known or unknown thing combined. He is not the universe, but everlastingly living, personal, and outside of it. The universe is bigger than us but small to God. Since it is greater than us it is seen as a hope idea, but is no threat to us, we seem to think.

Are We Merely Impersonal Energy?
The wonderful truth about the meaning of man is we are not balls of energy which dissipate and become part of the universe when we die. We are personal beings with individual worth because God created us this way. He knows our name and appointed our time on earth. What hope is there for meaning if all we will ever become is an impersonal energy? Anything we ever did, what we are as a real person means nothing. Our name is nothing, our person-hood meaningless, no matter how hard we try to leave a good name and history behind.  

Sadly, much of this is an attempt to keep a personal God at a distance. Any thinking of Him brings to the fore accountability. We do not want a Master, we want to be our own, at least until we become nothing in a vague idea of incorporeal nonexistence, that is somehow not nothingness. What a dichotomy-rulers of our own fate with no fate to hope in. The bottom line is the result of being and becoming energy is you do not matter at all in the sense of your existent self. There is no self. While right now you think you have a personality and identity, demanding to be treated with its dignity, it ends up you do not matter at all.

Power and Influence
We want power over our life. Power to change our circumstance, to alter our situation, and make things the way we want them. This is the crux of the matter with the power of the universe idea. We want no personal God, yet desire the benefits of one we define ourselves. To govern what influences us, wielded in our own control, is our goal. Yet, any objective observation will find we have little control over the forces affecting us. If this were so, we would never suffer. To seek effectuation over life in this new age view is to seek it in a lesser thing, created by God. Why seek hope in an impersonal state or the wishful and fuzzy feeling of a life force, instead of the One who created all things in the first place? There is a lot of magical thinking which ignores reality. 

We Are Here
Here we are, personal beings, longing for meaning beyond ourselves. We live in the universe and inhabit the earth. We are alive and exist. Though we yearn for comfort, the world is marred by pain, violence, and death. Our lives are filled with our own brokenness, knowing our failures. On top of this, if we believe the universe created us, we are a piece of dust with no meaningful personhood.

When we discover the wonderful truth that a personal God created us in His image, we are blessed with tremendous meaning which defines all of life. Its testimony is all around us. We find it not by worshiping what is created, but the One who did so. We find it not by seeking idolatry which bows to us, but in the humility of submission.

To consider the Creator is to feel that pang of accountability. We know we not only do not measure up with our own ideals, no matter how high and lofty they are, we certainly do not before such a powerful and holy God. Before such a divine Creator, a measure of fear is realistic. Especially if there is no hope for our state.  

The Hope of Christ
There is a personal God. He is immense in glory. We have sinned and willingly rebelled against Him. How is this hope? Here we look to the cross, the greatest event in the universe for man, the hope of redemption and intimate connection with the Almighty. Jesus lived a perfect life, died for our depravity, and rose again. He did so in time, space, and history. 

Our hope is the Lord of life personally loves us by name. Jesus is the king of Kings and Lord of Lords, ruler of all that is. He loves each one of us so much He gave to the uttermost. God loves us so much He gave His Son. He did not give the universe for our sins; we simply live in it.

Let us lift praise and love to the One who rules all that is, rather than seeking worship or hope in a cheap and meager substitute in what is created. The universe glorifies the magnificent God who created it; it does not give us life, redemption, or ultimate personal meaning. It is part of our home and reality, in which this earth exists, but God upholds it with the power of His might. His eye is on us as individuals with personality.  

They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen. (Romans 1:25)

And beware not to lift up your eyes to heaven and see the sun and the moon and the stars, all the host of heaven, and be drawn away and worship them and serve them, those which the Lord your God has allotted to all the peoples under the whole heaven. (Deuteronomy 4:19)

“Turn to Me and be saved, all the ends of the earth; For I am God, and there is no other. (Isaiah 45:22)

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