Most of us know this simply as Gravity or as one of my students mistakenly said “Gravy”. [Kids are fun.]
Just like our previous lesson on the Laws of Motion; Gravity was also created by God and discovered by Sir Isaac Newton. You may have heard the story that an apple fell from a tree onto Newton’s head and thus he discovered gravity. In order to understand gravity you must understand His second law of motion. This famous apple was not moving but then something acted upon it to create acceleration toward the ground. This force, sometimes called the Invisible force is what we know as gravity.
Simply put: Gravity attracts two bodies together. It increases with larger bodies of mass and decreases as those bodies move further away from each other.
The Earth’s mass is so large that everything else on it is pulled toward it, even the Moon. But the Moon is far enough away that the attraction is small enough to keep it only in orbit around the Earth and not falling completely into our atmosphere and thus causing a catastrophic collision.
This Invisible force can be depended on. We know that when we drop something it will fall to the ground. We know that if we fall off of something very high up we will be seriously hurt by the acceleration toward the Earth and the impact thereof. We are also confident that we will not float away. There is great security in knowing that when you get up in the morning your house, belongings, even your very person will be right here on Terra Firma.
We also have the ability to work Gravity to our advantage. We learn to balance by finding our center of gravity. If you place a pencil on your finger in exactly the correct position the pull of gravity on each end of the pencil will be equal and it will not fall to the ground. When we learn to walk or ride a bicycle this becomes an extremely important skill to master.
It is equally important to master the balance of our spiritual lives. To balance our faith on a God who can create and sustain. Being assured by the world around us that God is very detailed in what He does and can be depended on not to rescind his laws.
In the beginning God created the sky and the earth. ~ Genesis 1:1
God made the earth by his power. He used his wisdom to build the world and his understanding to stretch out the skies. ~ Jeremiah 10:12
Most of us have not seen God with our physical eyes, in some ways He also is an invisible force. But; just like Gravity, God most definitely exists and we steady ourselves on this very truth.
It is by faith we understand that the whole world was made by God’s command so what we see was made by something that cannot be seen. ~ Hebrews 11:3
God and Gravity share another characteristic. The closer we come to God the more He draws us to himself. As we seek Him, learn about Him, befriend Him; He makes himself known. We are drawn to His side.
…let us come near to God with a sincere heart and a sure faith, because we have been made free from a guilty conscience, and our bodies have been washed with pure water. Let us hold firmly to the hope that we have confessed, because we can trust God to do what he promised. ~ Hebrews 10:22-23
Come near to God, and God will come near to you. ~ James 4:8
How will you make God your center of gravity, where you are balanced and fully depending on Him?