It’s a brisk morning as the sun is rising on the eastern horizon. The orange glow of its orb is just breaking the plane of the house across the field. Birds are chirping a song that seems to say that spring is near. The trees are in agreement as buds have formed over the last week. It seems too early, that the trees are putting themselves in danger of a freeze or snow that is still surely to come, but they aren’t guided by my thoughts or predictions.
God works in the nature of all things. His presence is there if I take the time to discern. “For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse” (Romans 1:20).
I have always wondered about things – it’s part of my God-given nature and part of what makes me a writer. I remember when I was young asking my dad about the Native Americans. It seemed unfair to me that no one shared the gospel with them for almost 1500 years after Jesus. His answer has always stuck with me – they are judged on their knowledge of God and worship of Him.
He didn’t quote a verse or give anything for support, which I didn’t need at the time, but now I realized that he was referring to these verses in Romans 1. God has made himself known to all mankind in the nature of His creation. It seems obvious to those of us who believe, and for those who deny His existence, then they deny the reality of the world around them, because God is there in the rising sun, the chirping birds, the budding trees, the changing seasons. God is showing his magnificence in every way.
“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind” (Job 12:7-10).