Words from the Heart for Sunday September 9th, 2018
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. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.
Romans 1:20 (NIV)
God is seen in the handiwork of His creation! This declaration from the book of Romans commands our attention. Our God desires to be known by those whom He has created. “Thank you, Lord, for making yourself known in this way. Turn the hearts of those who see the wonders of your creation today to know You.”
Most people get very creative in coming up with an excuse when caught doing something wrong. For example, after testing positive for stanozolol for his Olympic gold medal performance over 100m at the 1988 Olympics, Ben Johnson claimed that Andre Jackson, a teammate of Carl Lewis, spiked the beer Johnson consumed celebrating his gold medal performance. He said there was a “yellow gooey substance” at the bottom of the bottle. Johnson’s medal and record were stripped and he later failed another drug test.
Ever since sin entered into the human heart, men and women have worked hard to ignore the God who created them and loves them unconditionally. They go to great lengths to convince themselves that there is no God. They feel that if they can convince themselves there is no God, they are free to live their lives any way they want, with no eternal consequences. But, God has a way of getting our attention, if we will just pay attention. Paul the apostle speaks to this in Romans 1:20, “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. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Paul tells us here that God has put His stamp on each and every thing that He has created. And in the physical, those who are willing to see will discover the mysteries of the unseen–God’s invisible qualities, to use Paul’s words. The Bible is very clear here–men and women are without excuse if they deny God. What have you learned lately about God by what He has created?
These have been words from the heart.