God Revealed in Math

Posted: July 11, 2020 in Religion
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By Chad Daugherty

You have probably had an experience where you see something beautiful in nature or had a life experience and you immediately see God in it. Have you ever seen God in Algebra? I have. Recently, I took a College Algebra course. Needless to say, I felt like my head was going to explode! I spent hours upon hours working equations and trying to solve what seemed liked endless problems, but in the end I learned Algebra and more about God.

One of the most challenging aspects was dealing with polynomials. Polynomials consist of unlike terms and like terms. They can be added, subtracted, multiplied, and divided. However, a misplaced or forgotten negative sign, an incorrect exponent, or if the equation was simply written incorrectly can ruin your day. You end up wasting a tremendous amount of time and effort trying to find the error and make a correction. Generally, I found that the reason for most of my errors was my inability to follow the rules and the order of steps in solving polynomials. The more I worked at learning how to solve them, I not only became proficient, but I began to see how God was reflected in them. In order to solve polynomials, it requires following the rules and order of procedure. Each term has to be broken down and calculated in its proper order. As long as the rules and order are followed, the final solution is correct. You receive joy and satisfaction at having faced a challenge and come out the victor. However, if you don’t follow the rules and the order of steps involved, you spend a lot of time trying to find the errors. You become filled with stress, and you often end up with the wrong solution. As I thought about this, I realized that God is a God of order. God didn’t create the animals before He created the light. He didn’t create vegetation before He created the land and He didn’t rest before He made man. Everything in creation followed the order of creation established by God. Every fish, tree, animal, bird, and even Adam and Eve had their proper time and place in the order of creation.

God has even given us His holy written Word contained in scriptures which give us the rules or the proper order we need to be successful in our life with God. In fact, I once heard an acronym for the word Bible. It is: Basic Instructions Before Leaving Earth. Life is like a polynomial equation. As long as we follow the rules and order given by God, we will come out with the right solution. We will be filled with joy and peace that will last through eternity. If we fail to follow the rules and order, we spend our time struggling through life. We are filled with stress, and doubt. Frustration is common, and we end up with the eternal wrong solution.

Although life like Algebra is not always easy, I am thankful that God is sovereign and infinite. He has given us the equation of life to solve, but He has also given us the rules to follow in His word, the Holy Spirit to teach us, and the Lord Jesus Christ to make the way for an amazing solution!

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