4th September 2017


Every good present and every perfect gift comes from above, from the Father who made the sun, moon, and stars. The Father doesn’t change like the shifting shadows produced by the sun and the moon.
James 1:17 GW (God’s Word)

The above headline would likely grate on any Christian and yet I believe there is a situation where it is entirely fitting. Monday August 21st saw the first total solar eclipse across the whole of Middle America for 99 years. For just over two minutes, millions saw what was probably their first and their last solar total eclipse.

I have been listening to each county’s reaction as the Moon’s shadow passed over. In so many cases men, women and children were heard to cry out the above headline as they tried to reach for emotional superlatives to express the magnificent view overhead. I have personally never seen the uniqueness of a total solar eclipse and yet the emotion of beauty and grandeur came over so strongly as I listened to people’s amazed instant reaction on TV. Patrick Moore who had seen many solar eclipses had said that it was always ‘A moving experience.’

It’s so sad when such words as ‘Chance, amazing coincidence, just natural’ are used by many who see no awesome loving guiding Mind behind the fact that because the Moon is 400 times smaller and also 400 times nearer, the two bodies seem to fit perfectly when the eclipse timing is right. Yet as the Moon is always moving away from us some 1-2 inches a year this brilliant fit will not last for ever – ‘just’ some 600 million years!

For those who have (shielded…) eyes to see it, this does makes perfect sense that God would put a special wow factor in the sky to both amaze and inform us. This unique spectacle still also helps scientists in numerous experiments to enhance our understanding of the Sun and the Universe. For example, Einstein’s great theories were enhanced in the 1917 eclipse just off the West Coast of Africa when the bending of starlight seen near the eclipsed Sun proved that light is indeed bent round heavy objects. So man’s fund of knowledge grows.

As rare, awesome, and accurately predictable as any total eclipse of the Sun is, God has gone vastly further (also without doubt) in sending the Reality of His own Son to lighten the world spiritually and there’s no dark side with Him.

Oh my God – so many thanks for the brilliance of the Works of Your Hand and we thank you for your Grace in sending Jesus as the True Light Who throws no shadows.

Study by Tony Goudie


About the Author:
Tony Goudie is the Pastor of the Great Baddow Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK (near Chelmsford).

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Great Baddow
United Reformed Church
High Street
Great Baddow

Meeting Time:
Saturday 1pm

Local Congregational Contact:
Tony Goudie
Phone: 01508-498165
Email: tony_goudie@wcg.org.uk

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