I was rather disappointed in the recent eclipse of the sun. For some reason, I thought that half of the earth was going to be in darkness. I know, I wasn’t as informed about the science and facts as I should have been. That reminds me of my first eclipse and how uninformed most people were at that time. If I recall, it was in the early 1960s. Parents throughout our village had been convinced that if their children saw the sun in any way they would go blind. Thus, children, including me, were tucked inside dark rooms with drapes tightly closed and for some unknown reason we even had the lights turned off––a slight overreaction!
What a change since then. Now we have families basking in the sunlight with their cool sunglasses that prevent the sun from damaging their eyes. Some even made it a vacation day. We’ve certainly come a long way. Or, have we? Back then, there wasn’t ever a mention about evolution in school. People still believed that God had created the heavens and the earth. Back then, kids didn’t have to walk through metal detectors to get into school. Back then boys were boys and girls were girls without any gender identity crisis. Back then there was a healthy respect for authority, and manners were expected. Back then, kids played outdoors. Back then, nudity and pornography were behind closed doors, but now one has to just open their computer.
With all of our technology and education, it doesn’t seem that we’ve advanced as a civilization. If anything, it would seem that we’ve gone backwards. Can things be changed? There is only one way—the fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge. In all of the news coverage on the eclipse, I did not hear anyone mention God– the God who created the eclipse! I didn’t hear anyone talk about the infinitely impossible odds of the small size of the moon to actually cover the sun in its exact circumference and shape. In fact, in scientific terms, for there to be an eclipse it would require the mathematical design of miraculous proportions. Unless God is given His proper place in society and culture, we will continue to live uninformed and be blinded by our lack of true knowledge.
David, in Psalm 19, wrote: “He set a tabernacle for the sun, which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoices as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The (Torah) teaching of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul.”
The beauty of this passage is found in the words, “nothing hid from the heat thereof.” No matter where you are on planet earth, you can feel the influence of the sun, even during an eclipse. In the same way, if you place yourself under the influence of the Word of God (the Torah—God’s teaching), you also cannot escape its influence! Getting people back under the influence of the Word of God is our quest. May the words of our mouth and the meditations of our heart be a continuous flow of God’s truth to a world in great need.