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The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath He established the heavens. Proverbs 3:19

He stretcheth out the north over the empty place, and hangeth the earth upon nothing. Job 26:7

Years ago men thought the earth was held up by a great elephant, standing on the back of a huge turtle. Others thought there was a mythological god who balanced the starry sky on his shoulders. (They didn't explain what the turtle or the god would stand on!) Scientists today laugh at those foolish imaginations, but still don't understand how the earth, weighing six thousand million, million, million tons can "float" through space, or what keeps it in motion in its precisely-kept schedules. But Solomon well knew the earth and heavens were founded by the Lord, the Creator, and Job knew thousands of years ago that only the Lord could "hang the earth upon nothing," without the use of elephants or other supports.

When the super Concorde airplane was still being flown, it carried passengers across the Atlantic Ocean at a proud speed of about 1,000 miles per hour (MPH). But this is as nothing compared with the speed you are traveling every moment of the day and night. Did you know that from sunrise of one day to sunrise of the next, the earth, in making a complete [rotation] on its axis, has taken you with it on a 25,000 mile trip at more than 1,000 MPH? Furthermore, that's only part of the journey you are on, for the world also travels in its orbit around the sun more than one and a half million miles, at a speed of 66,000 MPH. That makes 55 MPH in a car seem rather slow, doesn't it?

Even these figures don't tell the whole story, for our entire galaxy of several billion stars is moving through space at 43,000 MPH. Adding these figures together, we discover that every moment we are racing through space at a speed of more than 100,000 MPH! While we are doing this (and never feeling any motion that makes us aware of such terrific speed) countless stars are passing through the heavens as well. Who started all this motion and how is it all kept in perfect harmony? This is one of the grand wonders of God's creation. He alone could create, put in motion, and keep all in perfect order "upholding all things by the word of His power." Hebrews 1:3.

But, as the result of sin coming into the world, there is a day of judgment coming when "the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up." 2 Peter 3:10. Happily, those who know Christ as Saviour, will be taken from this world into the glories of heaven before this destruction ever takes place. It is said of Abraham and other faithful ones of old that they "confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth" and that "they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly." Hebrews 11:13,16. Is this your desire, too? It will be realized only if you have turned to Him, the Lord Jesus Christ, who "is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by Him." Hebrews 7:25.

Copied with permission from Messages of God's Love. More articles in The Wonders of God's Creation (Volume 1-4) by Sidney R. Gill, also published by Bible Truth Publishers, Addison, ILĀ 60101.

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