by Tim Hall
**Amazing discoveries have been made as scientists go deeper.**
We’ve borrowed the above title from an item on FOXNEWS.com. Their story discusses an amazing array of creatures that have been discovered in the coral reefs of Australia. Julian Caley, a scientist with the Australian Institute of Marine Science summed up the findings: “… still there are literally hundreds and hundreds of new species that no one has ever collected or described.”
Among the finds are new species of coral and tiny shrimp-like crustaceans with claws longer than their bodies. The work of cataloging and naming the new discoveries is projected to take years.
Looking at this news item through Christian eyes reveals at least a couple of lessons. One is that God is an amazing Creator! We could know that just by reading this description of the fifth day of creation in Genesis 1:20: “Then God said, ‘Let the waters abound with an abundance of living creatures, and let birds fly above the earth across the face of the firmament of the heavens'” (NKJV).
Who could have guessed that “an abundance of living creatures” was such an understatement? Just when we think we know this planet, more evidences of God’s handiwork turn up.
There is a spiritual lesson that is perhaps even more practical, based on a comment Jesus made to Simon Peter. Jesus had Peter’s permission to use his fishing boat as a floating pulpit to address the crowd on the banks of Galilee. Having finished the lesson, Jesus told Peter to “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch” (Luke 5:4).
Peter doubted this order since their efforts to catch fish the night before had been unsuccessful. When he followed the Lord’s instructions, the volume of fish trapped in their nets threatened to rip them apart. What a bounty was found by going out into the deep!
Some of us have discovered the same principle in our Bible study. There are many who only wade the shallow waters of God’s word. Jesus referred to such in Matthew 13:14: “And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: ‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand, and seeing you will see and not perceive.'”
There are benefits to be gained from quick readings, but treasures are revealed only when studies go deeper. Those who are diligent Bible students will not be ashamed, for they will learn to “rightly divide the word of truth” (2 Timothy 2:15).
People who float on the surface of the waters of the Great Barrier Reef will see beautiful sights. But those who go deeper see the secrets of the depths.
“Show me your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; on you I wait all the day” (Psalm 25:4,5).
by Tim Hall