I have no idea where the idea originated but for some reason there has been this seemingly philosophical or scientific question that revolves around the question that if a tree falls in the forest and no one hears it, does it make a sound?
Have you had time to ponder such a question? I doubt it. It stands to reason that sound happens when an event like that would happen. Imagine one of the giant redwood trees along the west coast crashing to the ground. There would definitely be sound. It would create enormous sound waves. And I am sure that the theoretical side sets in with the whole idea that even if there are sound waves, there must also be a receptor (presumably the hearing of the human ear) for there to actually be sound. And so, the debate begins.
By the way, if a branch falls from the heights of a giant oak tree and hits the rear window of your vehicle, is there sound? Does the window break? I can say from personal experience this week that even if you did not believe there was sound you could know for sure that it happened when you find your window completely shattered.
Obviously, we know the principle of cause and effect!
But have you considered the principle that God is interested in everything? EVERYTHING!
Matthew 10:29–31 says, Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows.
That well-known text answers many questions. It also leaves many questions unanswered. But for now, I want you to consider what it does answer.
It answers the question about whether God cares about what goes on in the world. It answers the question about whether God cares about what goes on in my world. It answers the question about my worth and value. And it answers a whole range of questions about God Himself. God knows and is personally acquainted with all that goes on in this world and in the lives of all of His creation. Some depth to that is included in the idea about the number of hairs on our head. Seemingly there are about 5 million hair follicles on the adult human body and only about 100,000 on our head. But that number is constantly changing.
This should help us catch a glimpse of the greatness and glory of God. He absolutely knows and cares about what is going on in your life. He does not miss anything at all. And somehow it is all working together for your good and His glory.
Is there a sound when the tree falls in the forest? I believe the answer is yes. Does it matter? Maybe not. Does it matter to God? Emphatically yes—though I do not understand.
Take some time and meditate on Matt. 10:29-31. If you want to consider the tree/sound concept, go ahead. But spend more time thinking of our God who made the tree and the capacity for sound and really does know and care. Think about how this should affect your life today!
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