Friday, June 13, 2008

God’s Revelation in His Creation


Psalm 19:1-4 The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.

The psalmist writes of Creation as declaring, proclaiming and speaking. The heavens declare the glory of God. It is impossible to look at the beauty of nature with its expansive blue skies and mountain ridges surrounding the glistening lakes and not be filled with wonder and praise to the Creator.

However, there are people who prefer to live inconsistent lives. When they visit an art exhibition, and admire the beautiful works of art, they know that behind these works there is a creator (artist). They would no doubt be feeling incredulous and aghast if another visitor were to mutter aloud, "There is no artist behind all these paintings. They just came together accidentally when the brush and paint fell onto the canvas!" Yet, these same people when they look at Creation and its marvellous combination of living creatures, colours and forms seem unable to make the same logical connection, but instead conclude that Creation is an accident. They are like the foolish visitor who says, "There is no Creator behind this incredibly complex and beautiful display in nature. It is all an accident." When such people do this, they are deliberately inconsistent and illogical. For they intuitively know that acknowledging God will require of them not so much a change of belief but a change of lifestyle. And that is a moral, not an intellectual, problem.

We thank God that He has revealed Himself not just in some obscure ancient scriptures but rather openly through the voice of Creation: “their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” So, no one can say, “I didn’t know!” When we look at Creation, we can deduce there must be a Creator even though we do not know His name. But we cannot say, “I didn’t even know God exists”.

No wonder Paul writes in Romans 1.18-20: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God's invisible qualities — his eternal power and divine nature — have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”

Indeed we are without excuse. We cannot plead ignorance but only foolishness. We choose to ignore the obvious because we don’t want to have to bow down to any God who would rule over us. We don’t want to have to obey Someone and submit to His authority. That is the crux of the issue: we think that if we submit to God, we will loose our freedom to enjoy life and do as we please. For many, the intellect is not the problem, but the heart is.

In speaking to pre-believers, Creation must be the starting point.

Chee Min

1 comment:

  1. Whenever I heard about God’s creation, I think of what He said in the Book of Hebrews Chapter 11, verse 3.

    "By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible."

    How blessed I am? The words of God that are made available to me have creative power. How much more important that we seek, declare, proclaim and speak His words. More importantly, when we believed the words of God, it’s perform its work in me. (1 Th 2:13).

    There are at least 7 reasons why we seek first the words of God.

    ·The word of God is spirit and life (John 6:63)
    ·The word of God is Truth (Colossians 1:5)
    ·The word of God is our Guide (Psalms 119:105)
    ·The word of God is eternal, never fail and never change (Luke 21:33, Isaiah 55:11, Psalms 89:34)
    ·The word of God gives new life (1 Peter 1:23)
    ·The word of God is alive and full of power (Hebrews 4:12)
    ·The word of God is the word of faith (Romans 10:8)

    No wonder the Psalmist said that we are to mediate (mutter) on His words day and night so that we think what God thinks and speaks what God speaks. If any brothers or sisters need encouragement, for example healing, share with them the word of healing and that is what they need most because the words of God bring healing.

    Think about what the words of God can do to our life.

    ·Bear fruits (Luke 8:15)
    ·Renew the mind (Romans 12:2)
    ·Produce faith (Romans 10:17)
    ·Healing (Proverbs 4:20 – 22)
    ·Spiritual growth (1 Ti 4:6, 1 Peter 2:2, 1 Corinthians 3:2)

    Now having said all these, we need to be a doer of the word. This is what I find the most challenging because I’m so used to walk by sight than faith. Thank God! There is nothing impossible for us who are in Christ.

    Johnny Tng

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