Fifty years ago this past Saturday, on July 20, 1969, the United States put Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on the surface of the moon. God, in His wonder and might as well as His wisdom and care, purposely and lovingly created the moon in our near universe. Mankind has always seen it and wondered at its workings and marveled at its tendencies. As with all creation, the moon is a natural revelation to the existence of our almighty God.
"For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:" (Romans 1:20)
"When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;" (Psalm 8:3)
The moon landing has been described as man's greatest achievement. There is definitely awe and great respect for the physical accomplishment; many a person has greatly wondered at the idea of visiting our moon. Perhaps it is OK to say that the moon landing was man's greatest physical achievement. However, we must see that man's greatest personal achievement is not to conquer or understand God's creation, but to know the Creator, personally and spiritually.
"Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen." (Romans 1:25)
At the time of the Apollo missions, our country and the world were already well down a path to evolutionism and humanism. Even so, many people saw the moon landing as a testament and wonderment to God's creation, while some worshiped man in his "great" achievement. (The Apollo 8 mission team read the creation account as they, for the first time, saw the earth rise above the surface of the moon. Buzz Aldrin conducted communion in the lunar lander before they performed the first moon walk. However, an outspoken atheist squelched much of the spiritual testimony in the Apollo missions.) As Christians, we are challenged every day to give the deserved and proper attention to our Creator in each area of our life. It is human tendency to live our lives in vanity and in accordance with our own goals and desires. It is in this way that, even as Christians, we serve creation (ourselves) instead of serving the Creator.
If we intend to attain the greatest achievement man can reach, we must simply know God and make Him known. There are particular verses which speak to this but, more importantly, that is the theme throughout the Bible. God, in His sovereignty, love, and justice, created us free to choose Him. As man fell and continues to be fallen, God mercifully provided Himself as the means of our redemption. When we choose to know God by grace through faith, then are we allowed the privilege to make God known to others. Simply put, God wants His creation to know Him and to make Him known.
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
"I will declare thy name unto my brethren: in the midst of the congregation will I praise thee." (Psalm 22:22)
It is a wondrous thing that God loves us, His creation, so greatly. The greatest achievement we can ever attain in our lives is to know Him and to make Him known to others. We can imagine how inspiring it must have been to walk on the moon. How much more inspired should we be to know God and be able to show Him to others?
Written by Aaron Lanier