Meaning in the Solar Eclipse?

Thanks to a co-worker who laid a pair of solar glasses on my desk and encouraged me, I, like thousands and tens of thousands of others, just watched the total eclipse of the sun—awesome experience! I should remember this one; it was a day before my birthday.

As always, the prognosticators, and want-to-be prophets have been trying to assign some kind of meaning to this event. None have been very convincing and all are touting a hundred different messages. But we do not have to assign meaning to this—the meaning lies clearly within the event itself. 

Scientists, within recent years, have come to recognize the ideal place our little planet has to observe events like this. Many have concluded that of the millions of planetary bodies in the universe, earth’s position in the Milky Way Galaxy, and the position of the Galaxy in the universe, makes our earth the perfect platform for observation. Other planets are enveloped with clouds or cosmic dust, or just obscured by other bodies, but ours has a clear view of the entire universe. The precision of all this has made scientists call our position in the universe, “The Goldilocks Zone,”—not too far, not too near, not too anything—just right! 

How novel. Almost as if someone wanted us to be able to observe this awesome universe in which we live.

Think about that, the moon just happens to be in exactly the right position between the sun and the earth to provide this total, precise, perfect eclipse. If the moon were even a tiny bit larger or smaller, or if it were positioned a degree or two closer or further from the earth, the event we all watched today would have been impossible. How precise is that? And there is one thing sure in this universe—random, unguided forces do not produce precise, perfect results.

And because that is so obvious, many scientists have come to the conclusion that a total solar eclipse demands nothing less than an intelligent designer to produce it. Intelligence, so far as we can tell, is present only in living persons—and that would imply a Living Person behind all this.

But let me take it a step further.  It is not only necessary to have a perfect design to produce what we have watched, it is necessary to have the power to produce it and to control it. Paul expressed it like this, “for the invisible things of Him are clearly seen from the creation (the universe), even His eternal power and godhead” (Romans 1:20). The Psalmist said, “The heavens declare the glory of God and the firmament showeth His handiwork (Psalm19:1). 

So, yes, the message is in the event.  We have a Sovereign God who has created and who controls this universe, and He is pleased to display His power from time to time, so that we will worship Him, and not be dismayed as we look at a deeply troubled world—He has control of that as well, and when He has allowed man’s rebellion to fully manifest itself and to run its course, He will eclipse that as well, and “The Sun of Righteousness shall arise with healing in His wings” (Malachi 4:2).

— By Dr. Bill Shade. Reproduced with Permission. Dr. Shade serves with Source of Light Ministries International. See more at