A.W. Tozer wrote,
“Wrong ideas about God are not only the fountain from which the polluted waters of idolatry flow; they are themselves idolatrous. The idolater simply imagines things about God and acts as if they were true.”
The biggest mistake we make is when we see our Father as being distant, removed, or passive. When we see Him shrouded in a strange mysterious cloud, hidden from us. But if that is how you see Him, you are losing out. Our Father is continually working to reveal His glory, redeem His people, and draw us to a close intimate encounter with His Gospel. In his book, “Knowing the Face of God,” Tim Stafford wrote, “If the Bible carries one repeated message about God, it is that He wants to be known.” Our grave error is ignoring His call.
If you read Psalm 19, you see a psalm with both a revelation and a response. The majority of the song reveals Yahweh’s revelation through His creation and His word. The psalm ends with the description of what our response to His truth should be.
May the words from my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
be acceptable to you, O Yahweh, my rock, and my Redeemer (Psalm 19:14)
Recently, I was reading many of the comments, the reflections from Astronauts, after they traveled to the Moon. Those adventures left those men amazed, in awe, of what God has made. For instance, after Apollo 15’s mission, in 1971, Astronaut James Irwin became the 8th person to walk on the moon. He spoke of leaving earth:
“As we got farther and farther away it diminished in size. Finally it shrank to the size of a marble, the most beautiful marble you can imagine.
That beautiful, warm, living object looked so fragile, so delicate, that if you touched it with a finger it would crumble and fall apart.
Seeing this has to change a man, has to make a man appreciate the creation of God and the love of God.”
Later becoming an evangelical minister, Astronaut James Irwin spoke of his experience walking on the moon:
“I felt the power of God as I’d never felt it before.”
All of us have seen been struck with awe by the grandeur of our Father’s creation. I don’t care if we see it in the vastness of the galaxies, the expanse of the oceans, the majesty of the mountains, or the endless beauty of the plains and valleys. It doesn’t matter! All of it is often overwhelming. But tell me, what is the point of all of this inspiration? Is it so we can go “Ooh,” and “Awe”? Like when we watch a fireworks display? Or is it to simply impress us with what He has done? No, no! The purpose is to inspire us to seek the Creator! Truly.
The heavens declare the glory of El,
and the sky displays what his hands have made.
One day tells a story to the next.
One night shares knowledge with the next
without their voices being heard.
Yet, their sound has gone out into the entire world,
their message to the ends of the earth.
He has set up a tent in the heavens for the sun,
which comes out of its chamber like a bridegroom. (Psalm 19:1-4).
See? Creation is a declaration, an announcement of our Father’s glory, His person, His presence. All so that we can know Him. Not know things about Him, but know Him personally and intimately!
Paul understood this:
From the creation of the world, God’s invisible qualities, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly observed in what he made. As a result, people have no excuse (Romans 1:20)
Today, take s0me time to carefully consider the beauty of creation. Open your ears and hear the holy, humble, compassionate and loving Creator call out to you from His throne as He invites you to seek Him, to know Him, and to walk intimately with Him.
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