The Grand Canyon

Grand_CanyonA few years ago my wife and I along with my son and daughter-in-law arrived at the Grand Canyon. I was the only one out of the four who had seen it before and that was about 45 years ago. A local fellow in nearby Flagstaff had told us about a trail that would lead us to the “best’ view of the canyon. We actually took him at his word and followed the gated trail about one mile to the canyon. We did so with a little trepidation because of the mountain lion road sign nearby that warned of their presence in the area. However, the hike was worth it. The view was awesome. The quietness was deafening. For several moments there was no sound to the human ear. It was an amazing moment- No wind, no birds calling, no planes overhead, no automobiles, no people. Other than our occasional hushed conversation it was the perfect moment for the Scripture, “Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 In my opinion it is impossible to look down and across that magnificent canyon without humbling your heart before an omnipotent Creator God. “Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever You had formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.” Psalm 90:2

As we spent the day exploring the different vantage points on the south rim of the canyon, you cannot miss the in-your-face matter of fact statements at the many information stations, telling the reader of how many millions of years that it took to form the magnificent 200 + mile long canyon. They (and I’m not sure who they are) continue to perpetuate the unbelievable theory that the Colorado River has carved out that humongous gorge over the last 5 or 6 million years. In fact, brochures concerning the canyon date the oldest part of the chasm at 2 billion years. One pamphlet recommends, ‘take time to pause on the rim and enjoy the work of the ages.’

Well we certainly did enjoy the work of the ages as we viewed the varied sizes, colors and forms. But we refused to see it from an unknown cause which miraculously produced an awe inspiring landscape. We chose to see it by faith from the vantage point of God’s word. And His word tells us that about 4,500 years ago that the wickedness of man was great and that every thought of his heart was evil continuously. (Gen 6:5) Therefore, God would bring judgment on man and that came in the form of a flood. The water covered all the high hills of the earth by at least 20 feet. (Gen 7:19,20) The Bible then states that the water receded continually from the earth. (Gen 8:3) It is this receding water at a voluminous rate that carved out the canyon after the flood. But to acknowledge this one would have to acknowledge a Creator. One who judged sin in the past and will do so again in the future. And that is something that the world is not willing to accept.

“In His hand are the deep places of the earth; the heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His for He made it; and His hand formed the dry land. …Today, if you will hear His voice: Do not harden your heart…” (Psalm 95:4,5,&7)

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