Nature Is a Preacher

The Wednesday feature of the Worldly Saints blog is a Scriptural meditation whereby I take a verse or passage I have been pondering lately and seek to edify my readers with it’s promises, encouragements, warnings, rebukes, etc.

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Nature is a preacher. One such example of this comes from Acts 14 when Paul is in Lystra, Paul is trying to correct the people who attributed glory to him for healing a cripple. He told them, “Men, why are you doing these things? We also are men with the same nature as you (In other words, ‘Don’t give us the glory that God deserves.’), and preach to you that you should turn from these useless things to the living God, who made the heaven, the earth, the sea, and all things that are in them, who in bygone generations allowed all nations to walk in their own ways. Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:15-17).

Or consider Psalm 19:1 – “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork.”

The “heavens” declare His “glory.” This word would include every heaven – the sky, atmosphere, space and the 3rd heaven (or the place of God’s dwelling). They are continually declaring His “glory.” They never cease to preach “the glory of God.” They are narrating the “the glory of God.

Charles Spurgeon wrote, “Any book without its first page would be sadly imperfect, and especially the great Natural Bible, since its first pages, the sun, moon, and stars, supply light to the rest of the volume, and are thus the keys, without which the writing which follows would be dark and undiscerned. Man walking erect was evidently made to seen the skies, and he would begin to read creation by studying the stars begins to look at the right place.”[1]

Spurgeon is right. Even our creation was for the purpose of being able to see his natural revelation and glorify Him as a result.

What is wrong is when men attempt to exclude God from nature and don’t allow nature to carry us on to that end for which it was designed. Natural revelation is by God’s design; it was His idea. And it brings Him rightful “glory.”

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[1] Charles Spurgeon, The Treasury of David (Peabody: Hendrickson Publishers, n.d.), 269.

 

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