“So that everyone he has made may know his work, he stops all people from their labor.”
In my early teens I enjoyed a Christian radio drama for kids. It revolved around a girl talking to different animals and insects that would tell her how they manage to survive in a harsh environment. In the end they always underscored that they were created by God.
Is it possible to find God simply by observing his creation? What is the purpose of so-called “general revelation”—the knowledge of God that can be obtained through nature?
Today’s reading addresses this issue in beautifully poetic language. We read how God’s voice “thunders in marvelous ways.” He commands snow and rain. The breath of God makes water freeze. The changes in weather interrupt people from their routine work and make them ponder about the works of God.
But Scripture is clear that all of us are so polluted with sin that we cannot find the saving knowledge of God through nature. We need a Bible for that. A French theologian, John Calvin, compared the Bible to eyeglasses that allow a person with weak vision to see the Savior and creation as they are meant to be seen.
Nature points to its Creator. However, we hear God’s voice most clearly in his written Word. His breath is the Holy Spirit that warms our hearts to the gospel, the good news of Jesus Christ.
Heavenly Father, thank you for the breathtaking beauty of your creation! We praise you for the Bible, your written Word that reveals you as our Savior in Christ. Amen.
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