Revealing God in Nature
This is the time of the year when farm stands and farmer's markets pop up in many places around the northeast part of the United States. I look forward to stopping by our local farm stand to purchase ripe, red tomatoes or fresh crisp corn just picked from the field. The farmer unknowingly paints a beautiful picture with the produce he has grown and placed on a wagon. Black shiny eggplant, slender green cucumbers and yellow squash, red, green and yellow peppers, and bright red tomatoes sit side by side, contributing to the colorful artistry of the scene.
I wonder: Does the farmer know The Creator, the one who spoke into existence the land upon which he has grown the produce? How can he not acknowledge that it is God alone who put the sun in the sky to shine on the tender shoots that emerge from the ground? He must be aware that he is totally dependent upon God Almighty to water the plants as they grow and produce flowers that transform into vegetables and fruit! Has the farmer ever stood and contemplated the way the yellow/orange trumpet-shaped flower of a melon shrinks and then swells at the base until it becomes a huge ball of juicy fruit? How can he not know Jehovah-Jireh (Lord Will Provide) and Maker of All Things? Jeremiah 10:16 - "...for He is the Maker of All Things, including Israel, the tribe of His inheritance--the Lord Almighty is His name."
I wonder if one of the reasons some people do not believe in God or have grown so far from Him is because they have never seen a seed grow into a plant and produce fruit. Maybe they have never stopped to contemplate the greatness of God in providing for our needs or the intricacies of nature. Perhaps they have never sought the Lord of Creation. Romans 1:20 deals with this issue. "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 men are without excuse." O that humankind would stop and rest (as God ordained) and look at Creation! It speaks of its Creator!
The Lord asked Job some direct questions to give him revelation. We can read them in Chapters 38 through 41. "Where were you when I laid the earth's foundation?" "Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst from the womb?" "Have you comprehended the vast expanses of the earth?" "What is the way to the abode of light?" "Who cuts a channel for the torrents of rain, and a path for the thunderstorm?" "Who fathers the drops of dew?" "Can you bring forth the constellations in their seasons?" "Who has wisdom to count the clouds?" "Who provides food for the raven when its young cry out to God and wander about for lack of food?" "Will the wild ox consent to serve you? Can you trust him to bring in your grain and gather it to the threshing floor?"
We are without excuse! Just contemplating the answer to these few questions must bring us to the conclusion that The Creator of the Universe, who is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and The Lord of the Harvest, (Luke 10:2) exists as the miraculous, all powerful Lord of the Universe. He is worthy of all praise and honor!
Joan E. Mathias