My wife and I recently made a visit to the Grand Canyon and on a five night backpacking trip hiked from the North rim to the South rim. At a local bookstore on the South rim we purchased the book, 'Grand Obsession', which is the story of Harvey Butchart's exploration of the Grand Canyon. In 1945, Harvey, a man known for walking over more of the Grand Canyon than any other, alive or dead, got his first look at the Grand Canyon and remembers thinking to himself, "What has God wrought?" These exact same words were sent by morse code through the first telegraph message from Washington D.C. to Baltimore in 1844 by Samuel Morse. Since that time, instant communication has come along way, but the question that Mr. Morse and Mr. Butchart asked, is still worthy of consideration.
The original use of the words, in Numbers 23:23, is a reference to the chosen nation of Israel that God had brought forth from Abraham and was successfully leading through the wilderness. In Numbers 23 others had sought to bring a curse on the people of God, but under the protective shield of God no curse could prevail. Against all odds they had overcome. It truly was a marvelous work of God.
When we stand before the unending universe or the mysterious world reveled through the microscope, we marvel at what lies before us, and the same words often come to our mind - "What has God wrought?" But such marvels are not restricted to the material universe. The most spectacular work of God is not found in the mountains, and rivers, or the constellations above, but in the redemptive plan, the mystery of the ages, that finally revealed itself on the hill of Golgotha. This is where the love of God for all of us was demonstrated with the death of the beloved Son. Three days later His triumphant resurrection from the dead, left behind an empty tomb for a hopeless and often cynical world to consider, and consider it we must!
A park ranger stationed at the Grand Canyon once said, "I envy a persons first look at the Grand Canyon". I understand that statement. Upon first view one doesn't know quite where to begin. A person is overcome with a sense of awe and amazement, and at the same time somewhat perplexed by the never ending sensation of not being able to completely comprehend what lies before him.
I often have the same feeling regarding the death, burial and resurrection of the Lord Jesus. There is certainly enough there to change a life, but also to always challenge it! Indeed, - "What has God wrought?"
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