“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see his invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature” (Rom. 1:20, NLT).
God longs to be known. This is why, when you and I take a good look at creation, we see truths about Him. Art always gives us a window into the soul of the artist. God’s stunning art, His creation, speaks of Him. He puts visuals in our world that point us to His inherent characteristics. Through them, He reveals aspects of Himself to us. Consider these, for example:
On a blisteringly hot day, you come into the house sweating and desperately thirsty. The immense relief you find in the drink of a cold water that you grab from the fridge – that speaks of Him. His Spirit is living water. Just as that craved-for glass of hydration cools you, replenishes you, and revives you, so does His presence. His Spirit will refresh you with new vitality as you come close and drink of Him. His creation of thirst-quenching water tells us about His nature.
He gives us water in many other forms to continue to reveal Himself. Think about the endless ocean. What a picture of His immeasurable love! You gaze and you gaze, and you can never see the end of it. It stretches out beyond the limits of your physical ability to see. So does His love for you. You will never be able to see the end of it. You may swim in the ocean. You may dive deep into it. Even if you went deeper than any scuba diver ever has, you would barely be getting into a small fraction of its depths. Even this is an incomplete picture of His love; His love is infinite, whereas the ocean does have a bottom. However, He knows we can’t wrap our minds around infinity. So He gives us a smaller glimpse so that we can at least begin to understand.
And He continues to speak. The power of Niagara Falls tells us a similar story. They pour out more than 700,000 gallons of water per second, rushing over the Falls at around 25 miles per hour. No one ever worries about making sure these Falls are supplied with what they need to show off such majestic volumes of aquatic glory. It just keeps coming, endlessly and effortlessly. This is how God loves you. Love for you is perpetually rushing from His heart in immeasurable, mighty volumes. You can’t even begin to hold it back!
And He speaks on. Currents of electricity… lightning that sets the sky ablaze… the splendor of the rising sun… the mesmerizing rhythm of the tide… the morning song of a bird receiving the day… the caress of a summertime breeze… a single flower growing up through a crack in the sidewalk… a burst of cheerful color on a cloudy afternoon… the delighted laughter of a baby… the glowing smile of greeting from the one you love…
All of these talk to us about the essence of our tender Creator. Everywhere you look, you will see Him. As our passage for today points out about everyone who has ever observed His creation: “They know the truth about God because he has made it obvious to them” (Rom. 1:19, NLT). When we take in with our five senses what He has made, His nature is unmistakable. His creative power is limitless, and He uses it to show us how deeply He loves us. He put all of His love energy into fashioning a breathtakingly beautiful place for us to thrive.
In closing, let’s soak in David’s worshipful words expressing this truth:
“The heavens proclaim the glory of God.
The skies display his craftsmanship.
Day after day they continue to speak;
night after night they make him known.
They speak without a sound or word;
their voice is never heard.
Yet their message has gone throughout the earth,
and their words to all the world”
(Ps. 19:1-4, NLT)
Creation is pouring forth speech, telling us about the One that loves us best. Are we listening?
What aspect of nature particularly speaks to your heart about the Father?