by Bob Wilson
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 people are without excuse.
Romans 1:20 New International Version (NIV)
As fall draws near, I like to take advantage of being outside to soak up the last of summer’s sun because I know it won’t be long before the chill of October is here. I really enjoy the changing of the seasons though because each one of them has its own unique character and joys. Most importantly, God is seen in each one.
After a summer rain, do you look for a rainbow? If you see one, do you remember God’s promise in the book of Genesis that it reveals his divine nature. I once heard a scientist’s view of a rainbow, It is light reflected through moisture which produces a colored ray. In a rain shower, many rays refracted at slightly different angles produce all the colors of the spectrum, which then form concentric arcs around the common center, the sun. That explanation sounds pretty boring to me. In another instance people just ignore rainbows all together.
When is the last time you stopped what you were doing and just admired the Lord’s creation? Elizabeth Barrett Browning once said, Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God; but only he who sees, takes off their shoes. Everything in creation is designed to point to God and inspire worship.
The song, So Will I, by Hillsong, talks about God and his creation:
God of creation there at the start before the beginning of time. With no point of reference you spoke to the dark and fleshed out the wonder of light.
And as you speak a hundred billion galaxies are born. In the vapor of your breath the planets form. If the stars were made to worship so will I. I can see your heart in everything you’ve made. Every burning star, a signal fire of grace. If creation sings your praises so will I.
God of your promise, you don’t speak in vain. No syllable empty or void. For once you have spoken all nature and science, follow the sound of your voice.
And as you speak a hundred billion creatures catch your breath, evolving in pursuit of what you said. If it all reveals your nature, so will I. I can see your heart in everything you say. Every painted sky a canvas of your grace. If creation still obeys you so will I…
So, the next time you walk, work, and play outside in the coming days leading into fall, take time to praise and thank God for his wonderful creation that he made for us to enjoy. May our lives reflect our joy in knowing him also.
Next men’s breakfast:
Saturday | October 19th | 8 AM
Ma-Maw’s Diner | Baltimore