Wednesday, July 21, 2021

The Beauty Of Nature And Spiritual Understanding

“… because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.” — Romans 1:19-21

Have you ever wondered why people find a sense of peace, wonder, even joy when they see natural wonders?  Could be clouds in the sky, a starry night, green pastures, majestic mountains, lakes, rivers, streams, forests, perhaps a doe with her fawns, other wildlife  – the list goes on. Well, I believe, and am certain the Bible supports that belief, that God has put that wonderment and appreciation in every human being – it is part of our DNA. God’s invisible attributes clearly seen in His creation and yet, for the most part, God does not receive the credit. That is where our sin nature comes in. It is not until we have “spiritual eyesight” can will we give credit where credit is due – that being to the Creator God. 

Being able to see and appreciate what we consider to be beauty is something that we, well … just do.  We don’t understand it. Martie and I recently visited Yellowstone Park in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary – actually that is not until next January. We were in awe of everything that we saw. Natural beauty surrounded us (as did hundreds of cars).  God’s creation draws us – almost irresistibly, to it – to bathe in its splendor.  And yet there are those who say – there is not God – that all of this organization came out of chaos – it just happened. For those who do not know God there really no other answers – it was either God or it was not. If we say “it was not” then we must come up with some other answer, which by the way, requires more faith than believing it was God. But our sinful hearts will not let us believe God did it.  And even if we might yield to that truth, it is not until we yield our hearts to His Son by faith will we understand.  

Therefore I also, after I heard of your faith in the Lord Jesus and your love for all the saints, do not cease to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers: that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.” – Ephesians 1:16-21

Think about it – Pray about it - Believe it – Walk in it. Let your light shine and give God the glory.

By Faith Alone By His Grace Alone And For His Glory Alone

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