The Heavens Declare
Updated: Aug 3
We had the opportunity over the last couple of weeks to see a lot of God's beautiful creation throughout the country. We are amazed at the diversity of terrain and animals and plant life that you can find in such a relatively small portion of the world!
We've learned so much about the incredible order and design of creation, too! For example, Lodgepole Pine Trees are incredibly common out west. They drop their pinecones annually like other pines, but the cones at the top stay attached for a long time. This comes in handy when a forest fire burns through. The built-up sap is melted off and the resilient pine cones drop to the empty floor, planting new pine trees in the wake of the fire. Lodgepoles are often the first trees to regrow after a burn. Simple, but fascinating.
We also got to see how the snow that accumulates on the tops of mountains keeps rivers and lakes full of water as it all melts throughout the spring and summer. The ecosystems depend on these kinds of structures to sustain life maintain order.
Even the sky put on a show! We were in the middle of nowhere, Idaho during the peak of the recent comet approach and got some pretty great views of it. It was stunning. The whole sky was stunning! And one thought came to mind:
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. -Psalm 19:1
All these things, the pine trees and the snow and the comet, draw my mind to Romans 1.
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 1:20
This is an example of God's general revelation. It is true in every corner of the world. The evidence of Creator God is so undeniable that every human should be able to see it. And the best part is, it needs no translator!
But God's special revelation was given to mankind at a particular time and place in history. Jesus Christ lived on earth for a short time before ascending to heaven. And when he left, the apostles began to write Scripture as God's Spirit-revealed plan for life under the New Covenant.
This revelation is not found naturally in every corner of the world. We, as Christians, have been tasked with taking the good news of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. And this does need a translator. On day one of the apostles' Holy-Spirit-filled ministry they preached to the crowds, and "each one was hearing them speak in his own language." (Acts 2:6) God's Word is meant to be heard in your own language.
And so, no matter where we end up, we come armed with the evidence of God all around us and the good news from God in their language. That's all we need.
And no matter where you are, you are surrounded by God's handiwork and have access to God's Word in your neighbor's language. That's all you need.
"Go therefore and make disciples..." (Matthew 28:19)