Pastor’s Ponderings

“For what can be known about God is plain to them (us), 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 (we) are without excuse.”

Romans 1:19-20

During the first session of the new Wednesday night Bible study (‘Timeless Truths”) last week, we studied the doctrine of Holy Scripture.  We learned that one of the ways in which God reveals Himself to us is through His acts of creation.  This doctrine is known in theological circles as General Revelation.  God reveals Himself to every person generally.  It’s available to each person in the world.  General Revelation also gives us a general knowledge of God.  It gives us just enough knowledge of God to condemn us, to render us without excuse.

At this most beautiful time of the year (in my opinion, of course!), we see many beautiful examples of God’s beautiful creation. 

  • Some of the leaves and stems of my zinnias are beginning to get dry and brittle, even though the flowers continue to bloom beautifully, and the butterflies continue to enjoy them, too.  God is a beautiful God Who makes beautiful things!
  • The sunsets have been simply glorious every day the clouds stay away.  In some way, that makes the night that follows worth it.  God is a glorious God to Whom all glory is to be given!
  • Recently, as I walked along a gravel road with trees on both sides, I saw a deer amble across the tree-lined road about 75 yards ahead of me.  As I got close to the point where I saw the deer go into the woods, I slowed my pace, and took care not to make noise.  Looking through the trees, I saw the antlered deer looking nibbling on a leaf.  I stopped; the deer looked at me, and for what seemed like 5 minutes, I stood staring at the deer, taking some pictures of it.  Finally, I continued on my path.  As I came back by that point on my way home, I looked for the deer, but I didn’t see it initially.  As I walked another 50 yards, I saw it (if it was the same deer) in another location much closer to the road.  There I stood about 15 feet from a deer looking at me from the bush!  God is an amazing God who regularly gives us amazing glimpses of Himself!

The psalmist David was caught up in the beauty of God’s creation when the Holy Spirit inspired him to write Psalm 19.  This is verse 1 through verse 3: 

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork.  Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.  There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.”

There’s a hymn in the Trinity Hymnal that speaks to this doctrine as well.  It’s entitled “God, All Nature Sings Thy Glory” to the tune Ode to Joy by Ludwig van Beethoven.  Here’s the first stanza:

“God, all nature sings thy glory, and thy works proclaim they might;
Ordered vastness in the heavens, ordered course of day and night;
Beauty in the changing seasons, beauty in the stormy sea;
All the changing moods of nature praise the changeless Trinity.”

What is just as beautiful, if not more so, is God’s church gathered together in worship on Sunday, the Lord’s Day.  I long for the day when all of you will again will come together in our beautiful sanctuary.  I pray it is soon.  Have a fabulous October – we have 5 Sundays this month to worship our beautiful God together, culminating with Reformation Day, October 31st, the last Sunday.  I’m looking much forward to them!  Pastor Daren