Seeing God in What He Made

Beauty of CreationWhen I went to graduate school I camped across the United States from Pennsylvania to get to California, taking in many of God’s wonders in the great outdoors. I viewed the Grand Canyon via a rim tour by bus and also in a small Cessna plane, camped near the base of Pike’s Peak, and more.

I could only come away from these spectacular sights saying, “How can anyone say there is no God?” “How can we not attribute all this to a Creator?” I concluded that it would take more faith for me not to believe than to believe. It was like nature spoke, without words, about the great God we have.

The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world. (Ps. 19:1-4)

Here is some of what I saw about God in what He made:

1) He is a great and powerful God to be able to bring all of this into being.

2) He is a wise God to be able to be able to design such intricacies and coordinate it all so that it all works together.

3) He is a good God to be able to bring so much beauty into being.

4) He is a creative God to be able to provide so much variety.

I can determine all of that about God without opening a Bible, just by looking at nature around me.

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. (Rom. 1:20)

Let me encourage you as you vacation, or even as you look out the airplane window on a business trip, to not just be in awe of what you see in the great outdoors but to stop, even for a moment,

to reflect on what it tells you about our great, powerful, and wise Creator God,

and then to thank and praise God for who He is.

If you are on a family vacation, use these spectacles as teachable moments to point your children to God.

Vacations: 4 Things to Remember

VacationingVacations provides a time to get away and relax or have fun.  We can benefit from a change of pace and environment.  Vacations can lead to relationship building with a family, spouse, or friends.  Even God took a break from His labor when He created the world (Gen. 2:2).
While we can benefit from taking a vacation, we must remember the following:
  1. Our walk with God never takes a vacation.  Maintain time with Him.
God doesn’t take a break from us.  He wants us to enjoy life with Him.  Neither does our enemy wait for our vacation to end.  — “Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.” (1 Pet. 5:8)
  1. Our lives teach.  Maintain integrity and patience.
Travel headaches, waiting in lines, mounting costs, and other common vacationing stresses can wear on our patience.  We might be tempted to lose our temper or justify lying, cheating, or shortcuts.  Those with whom we vacation are watching and learning.  — “Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.”  (1 Cor. 10:31)
  1. Our church goes on without us.  Maintain giving and prayer support.
Giving should be planned and regular.  Paul exhorted the Corinthian church to “set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income, saving it up” (1 Cor. 16:2).  When vacationing, give extra the week before you leave or the week after you return.  Or, send your church a check.  Also remember to pray for those continuing on while you are gone.  “Always” in Ephesians 6:18 suggests we should be praying for our fellow believers even while on vacation — “be alert and always keep on praying for all the saints.”
  1. Our opportunities to be a witness expand.  Maintain an outward focus.
Some people use vacation time to take missions trips so the opportunities are obvious.  Taking a fun-filled vacation still provides opportunities to reach out to others if you keep your eyes open.  — “Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.” (Col. 4:5-6)