Unmistakable Evidence

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The Psalms are replete with references to the evidence of god’s mighty hand in creation.  David, in particular, was one to speak in glowing terms of the handiwork of God in nature.  In Psa. 19:1 he said, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”  In Psa. 8:3, 4 he said, “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?”

The people of old looked at the world around them and at the skies above them, and they saw the unmistakable evidence of God.  For them there was no question that God existed, because they could see it with their own eyes every day of their lives.  Even in later generations people were certain of God’s presence and power just by looking at the world He created.

In more recent times, some have denied that God exists, and that He created the universe, in spite of this evidence.  Their choice to do so reminds us of the solemn words of David in Psa. 14:1, where he said, “The fool has said in his heart, ‘There is no God.’  They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; there is no one who does good.”  How said it will be for those who deny God’s existence when they stand before Him in judgment and try to answer why they ignored the evidence He left behind to show them He was there.

On the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in central California, there are several groves of trees growing at the 6,000 to 7,000 foot level that add to the unmistakable evidence of God.  These trees are the Giant Sequoia, and they grow only in a very few places in the world.  The largest of these, by volume, is the General Sherman tree, the largest living thing in the world.  It stands 274 feet tall and is more than 36 feet wide at the base, with a 102 foot circumference.  There are taller trees in the world, and wider trees, but none with greater volume than this monarch of the forest.  Two other trees, located within a few miles of this one, are the second and third largest living things, by volume, on the the earth.  They are the President tree and the General Grant tree.

These trees, and their smaller relatives, show evidence of God in several ways.  First, they grow from tiny seeds that look like the wings of flies.  It takes 90,000 of them to make a pound, yet all the genetic material to make a Giant Sequoia is found within each of these small seeds.  Second, Sequoias have a fibrous bark that insulates them from the fires that naturally occur on the forest floor.  These fires are essential to the growth and development of young Sequoias, but the big trees are rarely harmed by them.  Third, their bark contains a chemical that naturally repels insects and disease.  Thus, Sequoias naturally live for vast periods of time.  This enables them to reach such massive sizes.

All these qualities are necessary for the Giant Sequoias to become giants, but all of them are necessary at the same time for them to become giants.  These qualities could not have evolved over eons to produce these giants.  They had to have been present in the Sequoias from their beginning in order for them to develop to their giant size.  The fact is that all these qualities were present from their beginning because God put them there when He created them.

The 2,000 year old Giant Sequoias of the western Sierra Nevada have stood their vigil since the time of our Lord’s birth.  They are silent testimony to the power and majesty of God, who created them in the beginning.  One cannot stand in the shadow of these majestic giants and not see the unmistakable evidence of God in them.  There is no other reasonable explanation for their existence.  Only a fool would believe otherwise.