If God truly is knowable – and He is – the question we need to ask is, “How can we come to know Him?” God has revealed facts about himself and His nature in different ways so that we can know Him. For the next four weeks we will look at four ways He reveals Himself.
“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.”
No one would argue that the universe is not a complex and majestic creation. Even scientists agree that there had to be a beginning. Something cannot come from nothing. This law is called “first cause.” When you break it all down, the perfection of creation cannot be by accident. It is not the result of a big explosion that just happened at the right time. That would be like saying that an explosion in a print shop resulted in the creation of this devotional. The idea is totally irrational!
In Job 38, Job is arguing with God and seeking answers about the world around him. Look at how God responds…
The formation of the world
“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?” Job 38:4-7
The vast universe
“Can you bring forth constellations in their seasons or lead out the Bear with its cubs?” Job 38:32
The balance of land and water
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’?” Job 38:8-11
The division of day and night
“Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place,” Job 38:12
The life / death cycle
“Have the gates of death been shown to you? Have you seen the gates of the deepest darkness?” Job 38:12
The seasons and weather
“Have you ever entered the storehouses of the snow or seen the storehouses of the hail, which I reserve for times of trouble, for days of war and battle? What is the way to the place where the lightning is dispersed, or the place where the east winds are scattered over the earth? Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain and a path for the thunderstorm.” Job 38:22-25
Whether you are in your office, traveling on the road, or enjoying the sunshine, take the time today to praise the Lord for revealing Himself by leaving His fingerprint for all to see.
Invite someone to church this weekend. It will be a powerful service as we continue to look at the Parables.
Joy in Jesus!
Rev. Mike McClurg
Senior Pastor, Findlay First Church of the Nazarene