One Nation Looking Upward at God’s Glory

A crowd gathers in front of the Hollywood sign at the Griffith Observatory to watch the solar eclipse in Los Angeles on Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.

By Tom Gilson Published on August 22, 2017

My wife said it well: “He probably thought it was cute.” Neither of us caught the NBC news reporter’s name, but we did hear how he signed off his report yesterday on people gathering for the Great Eclipse: “One nation indivisible — under one sun and moon.”

There’s something to be said for anything that will bring us all together. Grand events like the eclipse remind us of how much we have in common. We are indeed one nation, and may the sun and moon hold us together that way!

Not much chance of that, is there? The next eclipse is seven years away, and they sure don’t last very long when they do come. More to the point, we aren’t so much into astrology here.

Whether we all knew it or not, we were looking up at the glory of God on display.

I’m sure that NBC reporter isn’t either. It was a cute quip. There’d be no reason to make a big deal about it, except he missed a great chance to tell it the right way: “One nation under God, viewing His glory!”

The Glory of God on Display

Read Jay Richards’ series leading up to the eclipse here at The Stream, and you’ll see how this heavenly event points to a God in heaven. Yes, it’s a natural event, but it carries markers that point strongly toward an intelligently designed intention behind the “coincidences” that make its amazing features possible.

We were a nation looking upward yesterday. Sadly, I know this reporter never could have said we were looking at the glory of God on display; the network wouldn’t have allowed it, even if he’d wanted to.

The rest of us, though, can remember never to allow the moon, the sun or anything else to eclipse Him from our hearts and minds.

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  • john appleseed

    “But … if God created the universe, why did he make it so big that we can’t even see its boundaries?”

    God made the universe that big to show us how big he is … & to show us how small we are.

    When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers,
    The moon and the stars, which You have ordained;
    What is man that You take thought of him,
    And the son of man that You care for him? (Psalm 8:3-4)

    “But … if God created the universe thousands of years ago & not millions, what about stars that are many light years away? We couldn’t see their light if the universe was a ‘young’ as you say it is.”

    Read the Genesis passage again. God specifically made the Sun, our moon, & the stars “to give light on the earth.”
    They were created for us, “for signs and for seasons and for days and years.”
    God made those distant stars AND he made the light from those stars already reaching the Earth when he created the universe. It’s like you think Alexander Graham Bell would invent the telephone, but neglected to put a cable between the two parties that wanted to talk.
    The Bible is not designed as a science textbook, but each time it addresses scientific matters, it is correct.

  • LYoung

    Many of us were out there gazing into the heavens and contemplating the glory of God.
    How awesome that for one day there was no bad news, no riots, no division.

    Someday He will come on the clouds and every eye shall behold our Creator.
    Every knee shall bow, every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord.

    • Mo

      @ LYoung

      Yes, thank you! I was on my way to my work as a nanny during the height of the eclipse, so I wasn’t able to stand there, staring. But everywhere I went, I saw crowds of people looking up. I kept wondering if that’s how it will be when Jesus returns!

      In fact… I was kinda hoping He would do exactly that!

  • Sadly, Tom, this event did not bring us together, and I would even disagree with LYoung that there was “no division.” We were not together, and we were not undivided. We were simply in the same place watching the same event, but for different reasons. And though we saw the same event, we saw something different about it. Even online, I saw people just as I see here – people acknowledging and praising the majesty of God – and I saw other people who said crass and nasty things such as, “Oh shut up! This doesn’t have anything to do with your stupid imaginary god.”

    Yeah, we were in the same place, but not together. But the day is coming, as John notes, when even the scoffing knee will bow, and the rebellious tongue will confess that Jesus, indeed, is Lord!

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