The Law of Increasing Entropy

     Although we may not have realized that it is evidence of a physical law of the universe, The Second Law of Thermodynamics called “the Law of Increasing Entropy,” we all experience it on a regular basis.  For example, just a week ago you neatly organized your sock drawer–and now look at it!  Or, you got yourself a glass of water with a couple ice cubes to sip on as you work on the computer, only to forget where you placed the glass until a couple hours later–the ice has melted and if you hadn’t found it when you did, the water would soon have evaporated as well.  Or, you accidentally burn one of your wife’s favorite candles–oops, can’t un-burn a candle!

    These are all examples of a known law of science that actually is an observation of God’s curse upon the earth after sin took place in the Garden of Eden–it was the law of decay and death. Everything would wind down and wear out.  It was all because of sin.  So, the “Law of Increasing Entropy” is actually an observation of the effect of sin on our universe, our earth, and our individual lives.  The word “entropy” (en’tra pea),  means “a turning towards,” or “a turning inward.”  It is the natural tendency for things to become more and more random and disorganized.  The Second Law of Thermodynamics describes it as matter’s tendency to lose usable energy and decline into disorder when left to itself–like my sock drawer!  Entropy always increases and available energy diminishes in a closed system.  The Psalmist observed that “even the heavens will perish…All of them will wear out like a garment”  (Psa. 102:25,26).  God, speaking through Isaiah the prophet, said: “For the sky will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment…” (Isa. 51:6). 

     Entropy is a property of everything in the universe. Everything and everybody is changing…except God and His Word and His salvation.  God, the only un-caused cause in the universe, doesn’t change. He doesn’t grow tired; He doesn’t lose energy. He “Is the same yesterday, today and forever” (Heb. 13:8).  In reference to the heavens and earth, the Psalmist wrote: “Even they will perish, but You remain…All of them will wear out like a garment…but You remain the same” (Psa. 102:26,27).  In God’s prophecy through Isaiah, we also read: “…the sky will vanish like smoke, and the earth will wear out like a garment, and its inhabitants will die in like manner, but My salvation shall be forever…but My righteousness shall be forever…” (Isa. 51:6,8). 

     In stark contrast to the decaying, degenerating world in which we live, God remains unchanged. His Word can still be trusted and the salvation He provides through Jesus Christ is forever.   “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the Word of our God stands forever” (Isa. 40:8).  Joshua, knowing he was dying, said to the people: “Now behold today I am going the way of all the earth, and you know in all your hearts and in all your souls that not one word of all the good words which the LORD your God spoke concerning you has failed; all have been fulfilled for you, not one of them has failed” (Josh. 23:14).  In Solomon’s great prayer recorded in I Kings 8, he said: “Blessed be the LORD, who has given rest to His people Israel, according to all that He promised; not one word has failed of all His good promise, which He promised through Moses His servant” (v. 56).  And, when we accept God’s offer of salvation through the work of Jesus Christ in His death, burial and resurrection, we are given eternal life and will “never perish.” Jesus said, “…no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand” (Jn. 10:28,29).  Jesus also said, “All that the Father gives Me shall come to Me, and the one who comes to Me I will certainly not cast out. For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me. And this is the will of Him who sent Me, that of all He has given Me I lose nothing but raise it up on the last day”  (Jn. 6:37-39).

     When a culture/society turns away from God and “turns within” it leads to decay, disorder and ultimate chaos.  Dr. Erwin Lutzer has written a book, When a Nation Forgets God, which describes in detail what has happened in the United States because God has been not only ignored, but squeezed out of public life.  The inevitable result is disorder and decay—which we are obviously experiencing. The only solution is to “return” to God.  If you read in Scripture about the history of Israel, you see clearly what happens when a nation forgets God and what happens when they repent and return.  May God bring about a “returning” in our nation!    

    In a world that is constantly changing and uncertain, what a blessing to have a rock-solid source of hope anchored in the “Unchanging One,” our Lord Jesus Christ whose Word is trustworthy and will never fail and whose salvation is eternal.  “My soul, wait in silence for God only, for my hope is from Him.  He only is my rock and my salvation, my stronghold; I shall not be shaken. On God my salvation and my glory rest; the rock of my strength, my refuge is in God. Trust in Him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us” (Psa. 62:5-8).

    Forever His,

        Pastor Dave

About Pastor Dave

Until my retirement 2 years ago, I pastored an independent Bible church in Northwest Montana for nearly 38 years. During that time I also helped establish a Christian school, and a Bible Camp. I am married and have children and grandchildren. The Wisdom of the Week devotional is an outgrowth of my desire to share what God is doing in my life and in our world, and to challenge you to be a part.
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