Yesterday, the world’s most famous living scientist, Stephen Hawking, turned 70. Though diagnosed with a motor neurone disease at age 21 and given just two years to live, he has defied the odds and gone on to be an extremely successful scientist and author and an inspiration to many people.
Though he was too ill to attend his birthday celebration, a pre-recorded speech was played yesterday at Cambridge University. In this speech, Hawking made some profound statements.
One of the things he said was, “Remember to look up at the stars, not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.”
As we “look up at the stars” and “try to make sense of what we see”, different people will come up with difference conclusions about “what makes the universe exist.” But no matter what conclusion you come up with, no one can deny that the vastness and diversity of the universe is awesome.
God actually tells us one of the purposes of the universe in His Word. He says, “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament sheweth his handywork.” (Psalm 19:1).
The skies, the universe, and the galaxies are an incredible depiction of the power, the majesty, and the glory of God. The more we learn about our world and our universe, the more we see the complexity, the diversity, and the creativity that God has made.
As we look to the heavens and heed Hawking’s words to “Be curious”, may we ask ourselves, “Can we really believe that all that came from nothing? Is it harder to believe that the universe created itself or that an all-powerful, all-knowing Creator God formed ever detail of this amazing universe?”