There is things around us that we cannot see. They are actually invisible to us but they are there nevertheless. We cannot see time, gravitation, and magnetism without the aid of devices such as clocks, watches, magnets, compasses, etc., but we know they exist. There is a Scripture in the Bible that states, “For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
The first thing that God created “in the beginning” was time. It is one of the deepest mysteries known to man. No one can say exactly what it is. It is only by mechanical devices (sundial, clocks, watches, and other devices that measure time) that we think we can know time. But we know time exists because we age. As time passes we change. We cannot stop time it is ticking away as you are reading this sentence. Our Earth is governed by time. It rotates approximately every 24 hours on its axis while revolving around the Sun in approximately 365 days or one year. This is how we calculate our days and years. The Moon is used to calculate the months. Just think if we lived on Venus the time would be different. The length of a day on Venus is equal to 243 earth days. What a long day?
Gravitation is another thing that is invisible to us. We know it exists by the effects of it. The definition of gravitation from the “World Book Encyclopedia” is the force of attraction that acts between all objects because of mass ( that is the amount of material they are made of). Gravitation holds the universe together. For example, it holds together the hot gasses in the Sun and keeps planets in their orbits. The Moon’s gravitation causes the ocean tides on earth. Because of gravitation, objects on or near the earth are pulled towards it. The gravitational attraction a planet has for objects near it is called the force of gravity. Although the effects of gravity are easy to see, an explanation for gravitational force has puzzled man for centuries.
Magnetism is something completely different from gravitation. It is the force that acts between certain objects called magnets. We often think of magnets as toys that pick up nails or other bits of iron or steel. But magnetism is an important force of nature. The earth itself acts as if its center contained a large magnet. Surrounding the earth is a magnetic field where magnetism can be found (Van Allen Belts). Magnetic fields lie around every magnet. A field a million times weaker than the earth’s magnetic field surrounds our Milky Way Galaxy. Everyday, we use magnets and magnetism in many ways. Magnets in land line telephones, television, and radios help change electrical impulses into sound. Compasses made with magnets help navigators guide ships safely. Without magnetism, we could not produce large amounts of electricity. Nor could we use electricity to do all the jobs that it does. Magnetism itself is the object of much current research, and its mysteries are far from solved. For example, scientists do not know what produces the enormous electric currents deep within the earth’s core that appear to be responsible for the earth’s magnetic field. The deepest mystery of all is the question of why no one has found a single magnetic pole.
These three; time, gravitation, and magnetism are truly marvelous things that point to a Creator and not to a theory of chance. The Lord Jesus Christ did all this and much more during the Creation that was accomplished in “six days” (Exodus 20:11).
For more information on time, gravitation, and magnetism go to http://www.wikipedia.com .