What an amazing sight to see the snow on the Sierras and the Whites. As I thought about it, it occurred to me that although they are very gorgeous on their own, they are also part of a bigger system, the universe. Just think of it, our God is a systematic God. He is the Creator of everything and His creation has such incredible order. Our God loves order!
The snow pack we receive is not just beautiful to look upon but there is purpose. God gave us the mountains. They are a little higher up than the rest of the earth, where it is colder. These mountains are able to sustain the snow pack, sometimes through the entire year. God allows the earth to receive sunlight melting some of the snow. This part of the ecosystem provides much of our water. These mountains are actually part of the entire ecosystem of earth. Along with the rain they function to provide us enough water to drink. What a system!
Even larger than that is the system that allows the sun to come up every day, you got it, the solar system. We are placed in just the perfect place in the solar system. Any closer to the sun and we could get fried. Any farther away, and we could freeze to death. And this system is only part of the bigger system of the universe. Yet, the sun “comes up” every day to give us heat, melt our snow, give us water. It helps to grow trees that give off oxygen that we breathe in our respiratory systems. What a system!
God gave us systematic bodies that take in the air through our respiratory systems, oxygenate our blood through our circulatory system, which give energy to the nervous system and muscular system which allow us the cognitive ability to eat. Mmm, the digestive system. What a system!
With all the systems throughout creation it is not difficult to understand that God is indeed a God of order, of intentionality. These systems are all seemingly independent, yet reliant upon each other. That being the case, it is not difficult to understand that God established a system to bring man to Himself, to reunite man to Himself after the fall. Throughout the Old Testament we see the sacrificial system established to cover the sins of man and thus allow a holy God to be in their presence. That “system” led to the sending of Jesus Christ to die for our sins and be resurrected that we would live forever with Him, but only if we receive Him as our Savior. We see this in the most famous passage in the Bible:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him” John 3:16-17.
The separation between God and man has not escaped His notice. His system, or plan was to reestablish fellowship through the gift of His Son. Clear. Understandable. And available to all.
What a God of love! What a God of intentionality! Now, that’s a system!