Finding God in the Natural World Part 4

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Finding God by Reasoning Things Out

St Paul, in his letter to the Romans, said God’s presence can be clearly seen in all he has made by those with faith in Him. 

Faith is a virtue, a firm belief without absolute proof. If we had proof, then we would not need to have faith. Faith can be discovered, or strengthened, by using the ultimate gift given to mankind by God – the power of human reasoning. Christians believe that God is faithful to those who are faithful to him.

Genesis 2 clearly describes how when God made the heavens and earth he drew on underground springs to water the ground so that plants and shrubs could grow.

Christians believe that a spark of the divine can be found in all things God created. Like the work of a gifted artist or writer, we can find God’s signature in all creation. From the industrious nature of a tiny ant to god’s ultimate creation humankind – created with the potential to reveal God’s love.

I delight in looking at the natural world and enjoy the wonder of all God’s creation. From basking in the glory of a multi-coloured sunset to popping open a perfect row of peas in a pod. 

Why not look around today and see how many, tiny and large, treasures in the natural world you can find to wonder at? 

Perhaps you might take in all the fine details, beauty, and order, then ask yourself if it could have been formed by chance or must it have been designed by God’s hand?  

20 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.

Genesis 2:4-9 NIV

This is the account of the heavens and the earth when they were created, when the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.

Now no shrub had yet appeared on the earth[a] and no plant had yet sprung up, for the Lord God had not sent rain on the earth and there was no one to work the ground, 

but streams[b] came up from the earth and watered the whole surface of the ground. 

Then the Lord God formed a man[c] from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.

Now the Lord God had planted a garden in the east, in Eden; and there he put the man he had formed. 

The Lord God made all kinds of trees grow out of the ground—trees that were pleasing to the eye and good for food. 

In the middle of the garden were the tree of life and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

Read more in Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 5 of Finding God in the Natural World

Psalm 8 NIV

Lord, our Lord,
  how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory
in the heavens.
Through the praise of children and infants
    you have established a stronghold against your enemies,
    to silence the foe and the avenger.
When I consider your heavens,
    the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars,
    which you have set in place,

what is mankind that you are mindful of them,
    human beings that you care for them?[c]
You have made them[d] a little lower than the angels[e]
    and crowned them[f] with glory and honor.
You made them rulers over the works of your hands;
    you put everything under their[g] feet:
all flocks and herds,
    and the animals of the wild,
the birds in the sky,
    and the fish in the sea,
    all that swim the paths of the seas.
Lord, our Lord,
    how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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