God Hears the Trees Falling

Who has cleft a channel for the torrents of rain and a way for the thunderbolt, to bring rain on a land where no man is, on the desert in which there is no man, to satisfy the waste and desolate land, and to make the ground sprout with grass? Has the rain a father, or who has begotten the drops of dew? From whose womb did the ice come forth, and who has given birth to the frost of heaven? The waters become hard like stone, and the face of the deep is frozen. (Job 38:25–30, ESV)

If a tree falls in the wilderness with no one close enough to hear it, does it still make a noise? Some of history's greatest thinkers have pondered this...as have some of history's greatest drinkers. But it is just this, the universality of such questions, that gives evidence of our peculiar connectedness to God. He certainly gifted humankind with the ability to observe and to think.

Not everyone uses these gifts for the express purpose of God's glory, of course, but even the most God-hating philosopher praises God by merely using these tools, and the thinker himself — the one who would question the existence of God — becomes the empirical data, pointing toward intelligent design and away from an evolutionary viewpoint. Friends, there is no amount of time, there is no amount of material, there are no combinations of circumstance and energies that could, without direction, result in a human being.

It doesn't take much interaction with people to conclude that we are all philosophers on some level. With that in mind, I am compelled ask my friends who shun ID (the Intelligent Design Hypothesis), does humankind's bent toward philosophy strike you to be a favorable mutation in the macro-evolutionary scheme? Does philosophy add to our strength, to our accumulations or to our propagation? Not so much I think...yet we persist! And the fact that we can even think about this points to a Creator — and we can do more than just think. We can feel as well.

The heart (which we usually understand to be the mental/emotional character of a person) is a sensitive reflector of sin. Let us take selfishness for an example. Have you ever considered the question of existence beyond your perception, that perhaps all the world exists for you and around you, and it ceases to exist when out of a useful radius? This is a handy thought for the self-absorbed since its core idea is that there are no lingering items to examine. Although we may philosophize about this from morning to night, we would never be able to test it. No test, no worries — right? Only in the absence of objective truth, and that is not the human condition.

We all use the same basic algorithm to navigate through life: We choose a god and then fight for congruency...and yes, this includes your card-carrying atheist. Since atheists begin with a prejudice, that a God cannot be, they frequently accuse us of creating a God in our minds. But I shall accuse them of the same. Atheists are not born. They are made. And they, like us, also form a community of faith. Atheists have faith in their professors. They have faith in their training. They take it on faith that the emptiness of their hearts is the defining feeling of humanity. In total they have faith in their skewed perceptions...and they have a god to match. Believers, on the other hand, have faith in God. He knows how we work, that we need mental exercise, so he gave to us all (atheists included) plenty of empirical data. Everything that we see is fodder for faith, and every awareness the same (Romans 1:20).

Study our verse again, but pay particular attention to the water cycle. What does God do in the wilderness — in those hidden places beyond anyone's eyes? He sends the rain. He sees to it that the wilderness gets wet... and I do not need to see it to know that it this is true. And do you know what else? God hears the trees falling. He hears you thinking. And he hears your heart go thump thump thump.

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