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Are you there God?

February 2, 2011

Have you ever stood on the shore with the waves lapping around your feet and felt insignificant due to a sense of something – or Someone – much greater than yourself? Have you ever gazed up at a mighty mountain peak only to become overwhelmed with the need to worship the One who formed it? That was your soul correctly responding to the glorious Creator as revealed in His creation.

“The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard” (Psalm 19:1-3).

This world and all the vast expanse of the heavens stand as an eloquent testimony to their powerful Creator. Their praise for the One who made them crosses all language barriers and cultures. Their declaration alone is enough evidence for the existence of God.

“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” (Romans 1:20).

Even though the existence of God “is plain to them” (Romans 1:19), some humans refuse to recognize the Creator. Here are a few things that Paul writes about them in Romans chapter one:

  • They have invoked God’s wrath.
  • They suppress the truth by their wickedness.
  • They know God but refuse to give Him glory or thanksgiving.
  • Their thinking is futile and their hearts are foolish and dark.
  • They have chosen to worship created things rather than the Creator.

“The fool says in his heart, “There is no God.”  Psalm 14:1a

Without God whispering to our hearts, without God wooing us to Himself, we would all be “fools” denying His existence. The Scriptures tell us that no one seeks after God on her own; we each turn to our own way (Psalm 14:2-3). Even with the mighty testimony of creation we are sinful creatures who would choose to worship something other than the Creator. But praise God, He draws us to Himself and gives us the faith to believe (Eph 2:8).

Many who refuse to believe the testimony of creation would tell us that everything exists by chance. That life began in a puddle of primordial ooze and then evolved over time to become the intricate, complicated, wonderful world we live in today. Speaking from their “scientific intellect” and worldly “wisdom” they tell us that anyone who believes in a Creator is “simple” and just ignores all the scientific evidence. What they fail to acknowledge is that they do not speak for all of the scientific community.

Every reputable scientist does not believe evolution holds all the answers to the complexities of life. In fact, over 700 scientists holding Ph.D.s  in a wide range of scientific fields, have signed an official statement entitled “A Scientific Dissent from Darwinism.” The statement reads:

“We are skeptical of claims for the ability of random mutation and natural selection to account for the complexity of life. Careful examination of the evidence for Darwinian theory should be encouraged.”

You can find out more about the statement, why it has been published, and who has signed it here.

Belief in the existence of God is the beginning point for a life of faith and relationship with Christ. “And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him, must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him” (Heb 11:6). His creation is the foundational testimony to His existence. But it is just the beginning! Seek God. He promises to make Himself known to you. He will confirm His presence in your heart and mind. You will see Him at work all around you.

How does God personally confirm His presence in your life? How do you know that He exists?

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10 Comments leave one →
  1. February 2, 2011 6:23 am

    Oh Kathy! This is so good … thank you. Such an important truth here that we must first believe God is who He says He is in order to go any further in our relationship with Him.

    • February 2, 2011 7:58 am

      What’s so cool is that even though “faith” is the beginning point, that too comes from God! It all starts with Him!

  2. February 2, 2011 7:20 am

    Thank you. This is great foundational stuff – great truths made simple enough for me to understand. 🙂 I see God’s presence confirmed when I invest in other people and hear the most amazing stories of how God reached out to them and touched them in moments of despair and crisis.

    • February 2, 2011 7:59 am

      Natalie, thank you for sharing that. I agree, some of the most amazing times of seeing God is witnessing what He does in the lives of others.

  3. February 2, 2011 8:48 am

    Great truths today Kathy! Creation and God drawing us to Himself. Such a beautiful love story!

  4. February 2, 2011 4:56 pm

    Great post Kathy!
    I see God in so many things, but the most stark for me is nature. I live in Arizona and the vast beauty throughout this state from the deserts to the Grand Canyon and all of the beautiful formations in between…how could this come from a random collision?

    ~Blessings~
    Marita

  5. February 2, 2011 5:10 pm

    Marita, you’re right! Such an intricate, creative design dictates there be a Creative Designer!

  6. February 3, 2011 2:17 am

    When I experienced a small period of unsure doubt (when I was a teenager), I used to look for proof of God. But, when He graciously lifted the clouds off of my eyes, I now look around and say, “How can someone not see Him? He’s everywhere!” I find Him in His creation, in His people, and surrounding me in so many ways.

    I love the verses you used. Two more popped in my head just during reading this:

    Hebrews 11:1 – “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. ” (This is one of first verses I memorized… I love it!)

    and, 2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we live by faith, not by sight.”

    Thank you for this post.

  7. February 3, 2011 8:11 am

    Thanks Caroline for sharing those verses with us!

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