a fine day to look at the world around you.
“For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and the sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.” Romans 1:20 NLT
Many individuals without the benefit of vision will tell us that even someone who is blind can “see” the evidence of God’s existence in the world that surrounds us. They will tell us all about the beauty of flowers; about the nurturing refreshment of the rain; about the perfect melodies sung by the birds. By connecting all of the other gifts of smell, taste, hearing, and touch with two of God’s most incredible creations – the heart and the mind – even those whose visible world is in darkness can “see” the beauty, and the love, that is God.
For those who have the added gift of sight, there is no excuse for not being able to recognize that only a God of beauty and love could have created the heavens and this earth and filled it with the incredible assortment of plants, creatures, and human beings that we see when we look at the world around us.
Unfortunately, there will always be those who find it difficult to believe God exists. There will even be those who will deny that He exists. It is beyond human comprehension how anyone with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart to feel can possibly deny that what we experience when we look around us could only be the work of someone larger than the work itself. It could only be the work of a being of amazing vision and extraordinary power. But it could also only be the work of someone of incredible kindness, love, and caring.
Many people choose to see only that which is ugly in the world and use it to either blame God or deny that He exists at all. We must remind them that it is the choices that man makes, not God, which creates that which is ugly. We must point out that what God created was perfect. All imperfections came about as a result of all the things the Bible teaches us to avoid. “The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity, and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like.” (Galatians 5:19-21a NIV).
Whenever you look around at the world, see what God made. Appreciate, and give thanks for, a world so beautiful, it can be seen even by the sightless.
Taken from “TODAY IS….A Gift From God”, (C) 2013 Tony Casson