Psalm 19:1-4 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 reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voice goes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world…
“Gold at the end of a rainbow is fairy tale, Gran’ma”, announced my sweet daughter. They both gazed on the colorful beauty in the stormy sky.
As a kid, I remember being skeptical of the stories surrounding the significance of rainbows. The leprechaun. The pot of gold. I even ran one day from one side of our large yard to the other, and noticed the rainbow travelled with me. No matter my effort, it was impossible to get to the end. I’d also seen the mini rainbows the hose created as I sprayed tiny droplets into the air. I was amazed that each tiny droplet of water reflected the light in incredible order. “There’s gotta be a Grand Designer behind such amazing stuff”, I pondered.
Today’s passage of scripture describes ‘general revelation‘. The sense, common to mankind, that nature is created. Consider the magnificence of the world around us, the way it works together down to the tiniest detail.
We simply know by what’s been made — there’s a Maker (Romans 1:20).
I often marveled at the minute components of little flowers. It gave support to the possibility that He loved us by the care to make beautiful things for us to enjoy, the eyes to see them, and the thoughts to appreciate them.
Without ‘special revelation’, the human imagination can go wild conjuring up what God’s really like. We see this in many cultures with ‘gods’ allotted to elemental forces. In others religions we notice the urge to fashion a god with human hands to attempt to meet the need to give tribute to something greater than self. Humans like to attribute circumstances to endless superstitions.
It’s His Holy Book that tells us specifically the heart of God. Truth. No other spiritual writing has helped archeologists peace together history like the Bible. More and more findings prove the historicity of the Bible as historically accurate. It gives wisdom as we read the accounts of people’s encounters with God since the beginning recorded in Genesis. It reveals God’s moral laws and our inability to carry it out. Hence, it awakens our inherent need for our Savior, Jesus.
Once upon a time I didn’t read my Bible. I sat and pondered in error. But since being exposed to Biblical truth, it changed my life. (Hebrews 4:12, James 1:22-25, Colossians 3:10) Reading daily, changed my perspective to begin to see things the way God sees them. (2 Corinthians 10:5, Ephesians 4:21-24) The closeness I gain from these encounters is astounding. (2 Peter 3:18)
Did you read your Bible today? May I challenge you to start reading the Bible daily? Don’t you want to see all God — who made this amazing planet — who made you in His image — wants to reveal to YOU and the entire world?
It’s that we can have relationship with HIM through Jesus!
God’s Word, Jesus, became flesh and dwelt among us, dying to pay for our sins and rising to bring all those who trust in Jesus’ name to eternal life. God wants a relationship with all people — that means YOU too!
Bible Challenge: Read your Bible each day, starting today! Speak to Him as you read His Word and your faith will sense His closeness. Devotions, like this one, are great but we have an opportunity to hear directly from God through His Word!
Dear Maker of heaven and earth, I can see and get a taste for Your heart by what You made. You know me perfectly. Thank-you for wanting to show me who You are, in the Bible. You always intended for me to have close relationship with You! Reveal Your heart to me, as I commit to read Your word daily. ~Amen
Don’t know where to start??
-Begin by reading John. Even if you’ve heard these accounts before.
-Ask the Holy Spirit to reveal to you the truth and the implications of what you’re reading, and surrender your self-protective guard to God.
-Continue reading right through Acts and Romans.
-Read Genesis and Exodus, Joshua, Ruth, 1st and 2nd Samuel, First and second Kings.
-Flip back to the New Testament, reading the letters of the apostles as you would any letter, from start to finish in one sitting.
-Get a ‘study Bible’ to help explain the background and purpose for each book.
-Dive into the historical books, the poetry, the books of prophecy, see how those prophecies are fulfilled in Jesus.
—Walk in Jesus in your newfound heavenly perspective.
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