Nature Reveals God’s Perfection to Us All

Years ago, a friend and I took a backpacking trip on the Appalachian Trail. It was a short trip via the nation’s premier hiking path. For us, it was a mere three days and two nights. Many others hikers take months to cover the entire 2,200-mile foot path from Georgia to Maine. As we hiked near Damascus, Virginia, when the spring blooms were fresh on the trees, we were awe struck by the beauty God’s handiwork.

Taking a break at the top of a hill, a silver, rock-strewn creek meandered along the bottom. Fresh magnolias bloomed. The colors of the painter’s palette treated our eyes and the smell of the exploding forest surrounded us. Such beauty makes me think of how it must have been at creation.

“God is everywhere. Take a step outside and you will be surrounded by the intricacies and fascinating systematic creation that was created by our God. He is in the mountains, the beaches, jungles, ocean depths, prairies, farmland, deserts, and valleys,” Mandy Smith writes on her website, https://www.ibelieve.com/faith

God’s handiwork is all around us. That’s why Romans 1:20 struck me so.

For His invisible attributes that is eternal power and divine nature have been clearly seen since the creation of the world being understood through what He made.

Question: How have we known God’s handiwork and not recognized Him as creator? How can we attribute nature’s awesomeness to the Big Bang Theory or evolution without proof evidence.

A long time ago, I accepted that God created the world. I acknowledged that it was not a random collection of molecules from a primal swamp as the evolutionists claim. Why? Exhibit A is the majesty of the human body. How else could the body come into existence with the merger of two cells, yet grow to–in some cases—more than seven-feet tall and live for more than 100 years? How else is just the right amount of blood run through our veins? How else do a man and a woman come together to produce a child?

Think for a moment about your body and how magnificent it is. The brain is the best computer ever invented. The eyes are unmatched by any optical lens. We–unlike any other animal– can use tools to make marvelous things like airplanes.

How appropriate that we don’t have to search too far for an answer to how this came into being. This question was answered in the first verses of the Bible. As if God positioned it in the first verse of the first chapter for emphasis.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth, Genesis 1:1

Application: Have you accepted that God created the world and accepted Jesus Christ as your savior? If not, why not? To become a Christian, pray this simple prayer.

Father, I know that I am a sinner and that distance from you to me is huge. I am sorry for my sins. I’m asking that you forgive them. I accept that Christ died for my sins and the sins of all. Jesus, take over my life and lead me on the right path. I cannot do this alone. Send the Holy Spirit into my life. Amen.

Then, find a Bible-based, local church that can help you grow in your walk with Christ.


A Different Way of “Reading” the Bible

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“Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ,” Romans 10:17  (ESV)

We all know that the Bible is the word of God, that it is the most read book in human history (estimates of 6 billion copies printed), and that there are more than 6,900  translations.  But is reading the best way to absorb the word of God?  Are there advantages to hearing it?

Recently, I fell behind in my effort to read the Bible through in a year.  Something always got in the way:  Meetings, work, family time.  Reading the Bible was pushed to the side.  I didn’t want to be a slacker.  I wanted to keep this commitment.

Then, I remembered that several years ago I listened to the Bible on CDs.  I enjoyed the richness of the Lord’s teaching, but somehow in the move from Indiana to North Carolina, the CDs got lost.  Should I buy another set?  Was this my answer for staying up on my read-the-Bible-through-in-a-year assignments?  Could I stream the Bible for free online?

No.  Yes.  Yes.  I eventually found out.  I decided to avoid the cost of a new set of CDs because I could listen for free from multiple sources.  This was the answer.

This new way of “reading” turned dead time into useful time.  For example, on my 30-minue weekly trip to Wilmington, I listen to more than my daily assignment.  I hear the Bible while making a pot of  beef stew, doing yoga, or riding the exercise bike.

Sites to download or stream the Bible are plentiful on the Internet.   All I had to do was click on the speaker icon on Biblegateway.com to hear the word in the elegant voice of Max McLean read Exodus to Revelation.  Unlike me, Max doesn’t stumble over names of places like Kiriathiam or names of people like Jehoichin.  But there are other great site too, including Biblestudytools.com, audiobible.com, and theonlineword.com, to name just a few.

Whether you read the Bible, as has been done for thousands of years, or listen to Scripture through online streaming or downloads–as we’ve done the last 30 years or so, the truths of the Bible are a priceless guide.
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