UFOs and the Laughter of Faith

Desiring God | 9/21/2019 | John Piper
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Since the Internet is abuzz over UFOs, I thought I would take the opportunity to join the woman of Proverbs 31:25 who “laughs at the time to come.” I just wrote a book on Providence, and can hardly contain myself when I get a chance to celebrate God’s purposeful, all-embracing, all-pervasive, invincible sovereignty.

Last night I received an email from a friend asking about the recent UFO dustup. He had read an article that threw him for a loop. He was wondering how a UFO, if it proved to be true, could fit with the biblical vision of reality.

Gist - Comments - Bible - Passages

Here’s the gist of what I wrote back, with a few comments and Bible passages added.

One of the great joys of believing in the absolute sovereignty of God over all things is knowing that he is in control of every falling bird (Matthew 10:29) and all the movements of the farthest galaxies (Isaiah 40:26). Nothing anywhere in the universe happens apart from his plan. Whatever he causes directly, or whatever he permits less directly — everything happens in accord with his all-wise, all-just, all-merciful plan. He “works all things according to the counsel of his will” (Ephesians 1:11).

UFOs - Plan - God - Rules - Fake

So no UFOs are showing up except by the plan of God. If they are fake, he rules over fake. If they are real, he rules over real. There are no cracks in complete sovereignty. Nothing squeaks through. God governs illusions. God governs atmospheric conundrums. God governs all the reaches of space and everything in it.

Add to that the spectacular news that the death of God’s Son, for the sins of all who believe, guarantees that this all-embracing, all-governing, divine plan is for our good. Nothing happens — absolutely nothing — but what God plans for the good of his people. And the reason we can...
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