A message emanates from this vast experience we call our world. From deep space to the bottom of the deep, through crystalline caves to lofty mountain vistas, one cannot evade the inescapable observation that the universe is a beautiful, if not mysterious, place to be. Even if the cosmos was only spheres and stars, the rocks alone would cry out in splendid chorus. Our nascent glimpses of our planetary siblings have captured our attention and imagination.

It also does not escape our attention that, as people, we possess an attribute absent from the distant orbs, that being life. In fact, we seem to be more than alive, we have a sense of being. We think. We imagine. We create. We love. We bask in this paradise full of animals, birds, fishes, insects, and endless varieties of plants. And while some life is dangerous to our existence, we appreciate all of it for its stunning order and adaptation to the many habitats on our globe.

We live in a fantastic and amazing creation, and the overwhelming sum of it relentlessly bombards us with a message that there is a Creator.

That is natural revelation.  The rational and logical conclusion that people should reach after seeing, hearing, touching, and pondering the evidence of the natural world is that God exists.

God’s creation says that He Is, declares His glory, and proclaims aspects of His nature and character.  According to God, His creation makes this plainly known.  However, in recent generations, that message has been contradicted by many in our fellow humanity.  They believe the natural world made itself. Sometimes naturalists ratchet their rhetoric to the point of shaming and silencing anyone so bold (or timid) to believe that the universe is wholly the work of God.

But belief is what God wants of us. “Without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him.” (Hebrews 11:6) If His goal is for people to have faith in Him, then none of us should be dismayed that we never receive the signs we seek. Who has not said, “God, if You are there, then do thus and so, and I’ll believe in You?”  Perhaps the problem is seeking signs instead of seeking Him.

Yet for thousands of years, leading up to the ministry of Jesus on the earth, God did reveal Himself in supernatural ways to many people who believed, who walked with God. Names like Noah, Moses, David, Isaiah, John, and Paul come to mind who number among the 40 or so people who, led by the Holy Spirit, wrote the books and letters in the Bible. Indeed, while natural revelation will hopefully inspire someone to seek God, the revelation one finds in the Bible inspires a person to follow Him.

God’s penultimate revelation was when He became a man, as Jesus, the Son of God. Jesus came to seek and save the lost. He came to redeem mankind—rebellious, sinful, unbelieving mankind—by taking the wrath of God they deserved upon Himself. That’s when He, the sinless Son of God and Son of Man, was crucified on a Roman cross, buried, and on the third day, resurrected back to life.

There is much more to this story of redemption, known as the Gospel. As wonderful as the natural world is, our hope is not found in the creation, but in the Creator, Jesus Christ. Those who believe in Jesus are promised eternal life with Him forever.

Photo credits

“Spring on Engine Gap”  (Cover Photo) by Eric Jon Job