Learn from God’s Creation

Learn from God’s Creation

December 5

“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” (Rom 1:19-20).

Have you ever had someone say, “I don’t see any evidence of God. How can a person believe in someone you can’t see or see any evidence even exists?”

The Bible tells us that God is revealed in His creation everyday. Look at the human body and consider the likelihood of how thousands of body parts that must work together. Someone created it to work this well. If it were a manufactured product, it would be in the repair shop all the time because of all the moving parts required to make it work.

Consider the wonderful order and balance of nature and how the seas know their boundaries, the beauty of the mountains, and the balance of rain and oxygen needed to balance the ecosystems. Consider God’s signature, the rainbow.

The 12th century Scottish Christian mystic, Richard of St. Victor said, “The whole of this sensible world is like a book written by the finger of God.” Look at nature and wonder at the creative design of the hundreds of thousands of species of animals like the tiger, the elephant, the great whales, and the millions of species of birds, just to name a few.

Consider the planet we live on. “The Earth is a rough sphere about eight thousand miles in diameter, which means that it’s about four thousand miles straight down to the center. We’re accustomed to thinking of it as a ball of rock, but that’s not so: the great majority of the Earth is liquid – molten rock called magma swirling, incredible slowly, beneath our feet. The solid part of the earth that we live on, and in whose hollows the sea sits, is called the crust, and on average it’s only a few miles thick – maybe ten miles. That’s like a layer a third of a millimeter thick coating a football. We live on that incredibly fragile, thin layer of plates floating on the subterranean sea of magma.”*

Yes, God has revealed Himself in His creation.

Jesus Christ Is Lord

December 5
Jesus Christ Is Lord
Matthew 4:12-25
“From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near.'” (v. 17)

There is a strange lack of emphasis on repentance in many parts of the church today. Our text tells us that our Lord’s very first sermons in His preaching ministry was “Repent.” We see from other passages in the Gospels that He stresses this message again and again. Peter took up this same theme on the Day of Pentecost, in the first sermon he ever preached (Acts 2:38). Indeed, the word repentance appears in one form or another throughout the whole of the New Testament. Why, then, is repentance such a missing factor (generally speaking) in contemporary Christianity? Is it because in our anxiety to get more converts we avoid the subject of repentance and prefer the quick sales job of getting people to pray the kind of prayer that requires no radical transformation? Once I heard an evangelist tell his converts: “Pray this prayer after me, and you will have a mansion in heaven … perhaps even have charge of ten cities when Christ returns to this earth to establish His kingdom.” The prayer he then invited them to pray went something like this: “O God, make me a Christian … and grant that I might inherit all that is available to me in Christ.” What bothered me about the prayer was not that it was invalid but that it was not based on first principles. The primary thing we have to understand on entering the Christian life is that Jesus Christ is Lord. That means we are no longer lord over our lives — He is. Happy are those who enter the Christian life with this clear understanding.
O God, help me put first things first. I see that successful Christian living depends on You being first and me being second. Am I really ready and willing for this? Help me search my soul. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.
For Further Study
1. What has God promised to the penitent?
2. How did the prodigal son display repentance?

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