DayBreaks for 4/21/17: Listen to the Birds
From the DayBreaks archive, April 2007:
Romans chapter 1 (starting with about verse 20) makes it clear that God has revealed His existence to man through the things that can be seen – His creation. But mankind has decided that God doesn’t exist: Furthermore, since they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, he gave them over to a depraved mind, to do what ought not to be done. (Rom. 1.28)
Suppose for a second that a student were to write on a physics exam that she didn’t believe in atoms because she couldn’t see them. No one would blame the professor for failing the student! The existence of atoms is clearly undeniable on the basis of their recognized effects. Just ask anyone who lived through Hiroshima or Nagasaki and they’ll tell you that atoms exist – they’ve seen their effect. Yet man persists in insisting that God doesn’t exist because we can’t see, smell, hear, taste or touch Him. Silly, isn’t it?!
Job 12:7-9 has this to say: But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this?
In the movie, Doctor Doolittle (I think that was the name of it), the good doctor was supposed to be able to talk with the animals. Scripture tells us that the animals will tell us about the God who formed them – and we don’t have to learn to speak their language!
Why is it that “they (mankind) did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God”? I don’t think it is because most of mankind really doesn’t want to believe there is a God, but rather that they don’t want to believe in the kind of God who would tell them not to practice sinful lifestyles – who would cramp our style! We want to believe in a God who would tell us that we can do whatever we want and that because He loves us that He’ll just look the other way. But that isn’t the God of the Bible. He couldn’t look the other way precisely because He does love us too much.
1 Pet 1:8-9 puts it this way: Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.”
Like the atom, God is unseen. Like the atom, He is powerful. Like the atom, He is real. How tragic that the greatest thing in all of God’s creation and that which He loves the most (mankind) is the one thing in all the universe that denies His existence and which rejects Him. Let’s all go outside and listen to the birds sing their melody about the greatness of God – and maybe we, too, can learn how to praise Him from the animals that He made!
PRAYER: For the wisdom behind the creation, we thank You and give You praise. May we hear and sings songs of greatness to Your glory this day. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Copyright 2017 by Galen Dalrymple.