It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, but the glory of kings is to search out a matter. – Proverbs 25:2
This verse has become fundamental for my thinking about why we as Christians should be involved in science. I have my students memorize it when I introduce the science process at the beginning of the year.
With just a few minutes of focused thinking and a strong definition, this verse can greatly inform a Christian’s philosophy of science. One strong definition that I inherited from a science teacher colleague of mine through a student is this: the use of observation and experimentation to create a mental model of God’s created universe.
God has hidden much from us in his creation for us to do the finding. He wants us to do the finding because it is an essential part of taking dominion which he has commanded us to do. He has also enabled us to do the finding by giving us motivation and inspiration to do it. We call this joyfulness in finding: curiosity, discovery, exploration.
He also calls us kings here, which is now true in Jesus. And so, our position and our command/calling to search things out are truly noble in nature. This activity will never cease because of the creature/creator divide. God’s creation is infinitely complex and so will inherently sustain this desire to discover, explore, search out.
What does this have to do with stewardship?