Devotional Thoughts: God and Nature

God’s glory and handiwork is all around us. Problem is I find I miss it many times because of my busyness. I’m running to and fro concerned with the tasks at hand. Moments of just stopping can be so Holy. Without these I cannot hear God or appreciate the very beauty God has bestowed over all creation.

God’s glory is declared all around us. Some mistake this as nature itself but nature is just another reflection of God. God uses what He created to draw us to himself. We are drawn to nature because of the One who created it. God is much more beautiful than anything God created.

The sky especially sparks moments of wonder in our minds and souls. When gazing at the stars we have a sixth sense that there’s something more, something greater. We feel small but connected viewing the stars and sky. None of this is by accident. God planned it this way.

It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a sunset. I know I’m missing out and need to place space for more holy pauses in my life. These moments with God fuel me, encourage me and bring me peace.

In this day and age we spend such great volumes of our time in front of screens. Might we be missing God’s glory that’s just a few steps away, right outside our door. Step outside and experience God’s handiwork. There’s nothing more amazing!

Devotional Thoughts: Can You See God?

The invisible is clearly seen, how can this be? How can something that is invisible be seen clearly? We cannot see God with our naked eyes. More irony! How can we see what’s invisible? Not being able to see God is an argument I’ve heard a lot against the existence of God. A god we can physically see would be limited and not even God. That which we see is limited to occupy only that space. God is not confined to anything.

The Old Testament is full of peoples worshiping physical idols. Idols today are different: money, cars, sex, people, etc.. they’re anything we give a lot of time, money and effort to. They’re all empty, or only give us a temporary gratification.

This verse says we can perceive God in the things that have been made. We call these things nature. I drove to Caraway yesterday, a beautiful camp and conference center to borrow something. As I entered the windy road covered by a lush green canopy of trees my soul marveled at its beauty. Then this road revealed a sparkling lake where people were kayaking and relaxing. I longed to just stop there and see God, connect and pray. Nature has always drawn me to God. However, I’ve been fighting ants in my kitchen for the past few days so I’m reminded I don’t want all of nature in my home! Even ants are so amazing. What a work ethic! I think they only rest when they die? They’re putting me to shame!

Some mistake nature for God. Nature isn’t God but something God uses to draw us towards Him. Others disregard nature, disrespect it as my daughter pointed out when I killed an ant in my kitchen last night. We are charged with caring for the earth as God’s people. Followers of Jesus should live green and not be wasteful. That’s a whole other teaching I’ll write out one day.

Paul, who wrote this book in the Bible, is referring to the unrighteous when he uses the pronoun, “they.” I know this because I read the previous verse. The unrighteous are without excuse, there will be no argument that will stand up. The evidence of God’s existence is clear. We have to open the eyes of our souls, our spiritual eyes.

Last Sunday, a dear friend preached about Muslims coming to Jesus through dreams and visions. God gives each of us opportunity to find Him. It’s so much easier to find God where we have access to Bibles and churches all over. Our great irony might be that we have more access to God because of religious freedom, but we don’t utilize it. A great population of the world doesn’t have this luxury, but they have all God has made. Yes, God is eternally powerful, divine and omnipresent. I choose God’s ways today.

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