A friend recently posted this, and it made me start to think.
For behold, He who forms the mountains and creates the wind, and declares to man what is His thought, who makes the morning darkness, and treads on the heights of the earth— the Lord, the God of hosts, is His name! (Amos 4:13)
I enjoyed Play-Doh as a child. Somehow the phrase “forms the mountains” reminded me of this. Any hiker can appreciate the magnitude of the mountains. What sort of power would someone have who could form the mountains, like Play-Doh, in His hands on an enormously larger scale?
Anyone who has stood on Mount Washington, and faced the severe winds that can blow there, has reason to stop and contemplate the power of Someone who “creates the wind”.
In the words of the prophet Amos and elsewhere, the Bible declares that the power we see demonstrated in creation of mountains, wind, and skies is a declaration of the power of God, the Creator.
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork. Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge. There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard. Their voice goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. (Psalm 19:1-4)
The evidence clearly declares the power of the creator God. How do we respond to the evidence? Some will respond by purposely ignoring the obvious. The Bible tells us that the evidence is plain but people “suppress the truth”.
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. For His invisible attributes, namely, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made. So they are without excuse. (Romans 1:18-20).
The beauty that can be observed nearly every day of hiking is evidence of the God who placed it there. It is evidence of His power and divine nature. Awesome reverence barely describes the right response to Someone of such enormous power. The Bible repeatedly invites us into a relationship with the creator God, who is not only powerful, but is also enormously loving, forgiving the offenses against Him for all who put their faith in Christ.
The gospel is good news because it reconciles sinners under the wrath of this enormously powerful God, removing fear and welcoming them into a loving relationship with Him.
For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15)
Abba is a semitic word, a relational word. It means Father, and in this passage it is clear that it is not a relationship of fear.
The relationship begins with faith in the only One who can create that relationship; Jesus Christ. He was in the world, and the world was made through Him, yet the world did not know Him. He came to His own, and His own people did not receive Him. But to all who did receive Him, who believed in His name, He gave the right to become children of God (John 1:10-12).
What is your response to the evidence?