Gaining Our Attention

Have you had someone say to you, “I worship God in Nature?” Seems reasonable until we examine it more closely. First, if we could acceptably worship God in nature, we wouldn’t need the Bible. Secondly, to worship in nature would be like a guy admiring a girl that he liked by observing her from a great distance or by hearing someone’s description of her. They never get to know each other; to establish a loving and wonderful relationship. What is the real purpose behind God’s hand in nature? Nature is intended to get our attention. It shows some things about God. It shows His design, His power, His control, His love of beauty, His faithfulness, etc. However, it doesn’t show us His terms for a personal relationship with Himself. It simply is meant to whet our appetite. Once we sense God, the only place to hear from Him is in His Word. This is where we get His explanations, His revealing of Himself, His character, His principles, His commands, His love and much more. It is in the Scriptures that we find the answers to the most important questions of life and to our needs. We should approach the Bible with this truth in mind: God speaks, gives Truth to us by means of the text, as He imparts His life into the messages on the printed page. Scripture is indeed the Word of God speaking to the heart of man! It is a supernatural, divinely inspired and activated living Book where we can meet God and get to know Him. Psalm 19:7-11 provides an overview of the Bible’s role in our lives. “The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD  are true and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. Moreover by them is Thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.” In the hymn, “Thy Word Have I Hid in My Heart,” Ernest O. Sellers gives us some insightful thoughts: “Thy Word is a lamp to my feet, a light to my path alway, to guide and to save me from sin and show me the heav’nly way. Forever, O Lord, is Thy Word established and fixed on high; Thy faithfulness unto all men abideth forever nigh. At morning, at noon and at night I ever will give Thee praise; for Thou art my portion, O Lord, and shall be thru all my days! Thru Him Whom Thy Word hath foretold, the Savior and Morning Star, Salvation and peace have been bro’t to those have strayed afar.” Selah! Nature is a pointer to create curiosity that can only be satisfied in God’s Holy Word!   Ron

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