Devotional: ‘By Chance or By Design?’


To believe that there is no God is to believe that our universe is the result of chance.

By chance, a ball of matter existed from which the universe came. By chance, about 14 billion years ago, this ball of matter exploded and was randomly scattered across the universe. By chance, these fragments of matter landed in order and formed galaxies and solar systems. By chance, some masses of this matter formed into stars which are able to give off light and heat. By chance, a certain mass of matter we call earth fell into a perfect orbit around such a star we call the sun. By chance it didn’t land too close so as to burn us up, or too far away so as to cause us to freeze. By chance, there was something on this ball of mass that enabled life to begin. By chance and over billions of years of countless chances, this life evolved into what we know today. By chance, the human body alone now contains over 10 trillion cells. By chance, these countless numbers of cells have been able to develop into very specialized cells such as blood cells, nerve cells, bone cells, and muscle cells. By chance these cells are able to continually reproduce themselves, thus enabling life to go on. Isn’t it amazing? All of this happened by chance.

In contrast to faith in chance is faith in God who intentionally and intelligently designed and created all there is.

Centuries ago, David found himself wrestling with these same questions.

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it. You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. They cannot be numbered! I can’t even count them; they outnumber the grains of sand! (Psalm 139:13-18)

Isaiah the prophet wrote –

“To whom will you compare me? Who is my equal?” asks the Holy One. Look up into the heavens. Who created all the stars? He brings them out like an army, one after another, calling each by its name. Because of his great power and incomparable strength, not a single one is missing. (Isaiah 40:25-26)

Like many others, I have sometimes wondered if there really is a God and if He really did create the universe. But when I consider all the complex facets of this universe, I have to conclude that it could not possibly have happened by chance, but that there must be an all-knowing, all-powerful God who is completely in control.

I leave you today with this song of worship found in scripture.

“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens… When I consider your heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place, what is mankind that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them?… Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth!” (Psalm 8)

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