“For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.” (Romans 1:20 NASB)
As I drove down the road the other day this verse came to me and started me thinking. I thought, what exactly is it that can be learned about God’s attributes and nature by observing creation only, without even reading a Bible?
So here’s what I discovered. Everyday the Sun rises, goes through its course and sets like clockwork. In fact that is how a clockworks isn’t it? We judge what time it is by the Sun. Looking at the ocean we realize it comes in only so far before it has to go out again. The seasons change right on schedule. In fact this is the promise God gave to Noah in Genesis 8. He said, “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, and cold and heat, and summer and winter, and day and night shall not cease.” So, even if you had nothing else you could come to the conclusion God is orderly and faithful.
The next thing that came to me is how everything we need to live and thrive on this planet is right here on the planet. We don’t have to send for anything outside of our system in order to sustain us. All the food, water, material and energy we require is found right here on good ole planet earth or within our system. From this we can surmise God is a provider. Just by watching the birds we discover, as Jesus said, “They don’t store up food in barns and yet our Heavenly Father feeds them.”
We can even learn a little something about how life comes from death by simply looking at seeds. For all practical purposes a seed seems to be insignificant; and yet once it’s planted, has a little water and sunlight, it brings forth life. Jesus himself said, “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” This is a principle with God, it’s how things work. God is into bringing life out of dead things.
So I would wrap this up by saying even without a Bible we can determine there is a God and he is a faithful, orderly provider who has the power to bring life from death. I’m sure there are more, but to me these few are more than enough to see that the God who created everything is a God we can trust.
For those of us that do own a Bible I would consider us beyond blessed to have the ability to read about this God and his relationship with the many others that have come and gone before us. On top of that, through the Word, we also have the privilege to read about Jesus Christ, not just to believe in but to receive him so we might have that eternal life he has promised.