April 21, 2022

Dr. Jerry W. Light, Sr.   -  

Matthew 28:16,17 “Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go. When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.”

In Albert Einstein’s early days, physicists had scratched their heads for some 50 years over the unexplainable orbit of the planet Mercury. Newton’s theories of gravity had served well for centuries to understand the orbits of all the other planets, but in Mercury’s elliptical orbit, the point nearest the sun drifted by a very small amount. Astronomers theorized that another small hidden planet, which they named Vulcan, might orbit near the sun and exert gravitational force on Mercury. But Vulcan was never discovered. Then Einstein formulated his general theory of relativity. When he applied this gravitational formula to the eccentric orbit of Mercury, he had one of the breathtaking moments of his scientific life: the numbers fit. Mercury was a mystery no more.

Our lives will on occasion have an orbit like Mercury that for a time simply defies our best efforts to explain it. Nonetheless as surely as there is order in the universe, there is a heavenly reason for our circumstances utterly consistent with God’s Word and character. We just cannot understand the reasoning for that yet. We doubt because we don’t have all the facts. The truth is that even with the facts we have no reasonable way to guide our lives forward. We must allow the Spirit of God to guide us with His unseen hand. Here in this passage we see that some of the disciples doubting even when they see the facts. Remember that this is after the death and resurrection of our Lord! You can know the facts but still doubt. The problem was that they couldn’t y believe beyond what they could see. Where is your faith today in the risen Christ? Can you look beyond the circumstances in your life, let go and trust? May that be your holy pursuit today. God bless you all!

 

In Jesus’ love,
Dr. Jerry Light