Keeping the gears turning
A friend of mine is building a wooden clock. He used a computer-directed machine to cut out the gears and parts, then assembled it according to the plans that he purchased. Now he is experiencing the frustrating part of troubleshooting all the little issues that are keeping the gears from turning as they should. As he told me about his challenges of trying to make it run, I thought about Aristotle's view of God.
Aristotle observed that everything in creation is in motion; from the wind that blows to the planets that spin in space. For this to work, he believed there had to be an initial force behind it all that moved everything in an orderly fashion. A mover that was not moved itself. Aristotle's god kept everything operating like an enormous clock.
Because of the Bible, our understanding of God has greatly improved since Aristotle, but his idea of God maintaining creation still rings true. Through mathematics, we have discovered how some of it works, but its control still rests in God.
My friend's experience illustrates the difference between mankind and God. He struggles to make a clock with eight gears run efficiently, while God maintains everything that exists. This includes you and me. No matter how difficult or frustrating your life might be right now, God can make it run as it should. He not only cut out your pieces, He put you together and knows how to make all the necessary adjustments.
Pastor Mark Holmes is an ordained minister in the Wesleyan Church and has served the Darrow Road Wesleyan Church since 1997.