Nature speaks of God

by Stan Mitchell

  • Buttery yellow daffodils and dogwood, redbud (which seems to me to be pink), and azaleas, like a dreamy parade. Springtime in Tennessee is a wonder to behold.
  • Ridged bark on a trunk as wide as an eighteen wheeler, the leaves so high above that your neck becomes stiff looking upward. The California Sequoia is the largest living organism on the planet (their relative the California Redwood is taller, but not larger). These giants have received hardly a drop of rain for a thousand years. How do they survive? They slake their thirst in the winter, below twenty feet of snow in their high altitude fastness.
  • An elephant’s trunk is so powerful it can reach up the trunk (no pun intended) of a towering Zambezi teak tree and shake it so the sweet fruit falls to the earth. The same trunk, around eight feet in diameter near his mighty head tapers to the other end where the elephant can now pick this fruit, one by one like the deft hand of a pianist and bring the fruit to his mouth.

Everywhere we look, if we care to pay attention, there are signs of a powerful, intelligent, incomparable creator.

With typical English irony, C.S. Lewis explains: “A young man who wishes to remain a sound atheist cannot be too careful of his reading. There are traps everywhere ‘Bibles laid open, millions of surprises … God is, if I may say so, very unscrupulous.” (The Essential C.S. Lewis, p. 47).

In other words you have to be blind, in order not to see evidence of God in creation.

“For what can be known of God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse,” Romans 1:19,20).

Note that “what can be known of God” ought to be plain to us. We can see in creation God’s “invisible attributes.” So powerful are these evidences that in the end, those who remain unmoved will “be without excuse.”

Your mamma was right. There are none so blind, as those who will not look.

 

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Stan Mitchell

Stan has preached since 1976, in Zimbabwe, California, Texas and Tennessee. He serves as preacher for the Red Walnut Church of Christ in Bath Springs, TN. He is currently Professor of Bible at Freed-Hardeman University. He is married to the former Marjorie McCarthy, and has one daughter, Tracy Watts. He is the author of four books: The Wise Get Wiser, the Foolish More Foolish: The Book of Proverbs, Give the Winds a Mighty Voice: Our Worship in Song, and Equipping the Saints for Ministry. He has recently published another book, "Will Our Faith Have Children: Developing Leadership in the Church for the Next Generation.

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