I just got back Sunday from a week in Colorado. For the past few years Christ Church youth have attended the Reformed Youth Ministries High School Conference in Estes Park, Colorado. Our youth love going, and this summer I loved getting to go with them!
I have been to Colorado several times before, and I have always loved going there, since I am weirdly more partial to mountains than beaches. Each time I’ve gone, I have been struck by the awesome beauty and grandeur of God’s creation. The sights, sounds, and smells of mountains, wind, trees, flowers, animals, and streams; the unsettling awareness of gravity pulling you while you survey everything from great heights; and the gasping struggle to regain your breath because of the elevation are all enough to both enchant and terrify anyone.
All these things, from the day they were made, tell us of God’s great power, boundless creativity, unfathomable wisdom, and undeniable existence. They also clearly remind us of human frailty, smallness, and limitation. They reveal God’s great love for us, and how highly He values us - because He made humanity to govern and care for creation, and creation to serve humanity. They give us perspective to see a fraction of how far God must have reached down from Heaven, sending His Son to die in order to redeem His creation. And finally, they give us a taste of what the new heavens and new earth will be like (and also what it won’t be like - no altitude sickness, falling to your death, getting lost for days, or being attacked by dangerous animals).
Creation calls out to us with such inescapable clarity, and it shouldn’t be necessary for us to have to drive all the way to Colorado to hear it. How is creation calling out to us about its Creator from right where we are? Are we listening? Or are we too busy, too distracted, too occupied with things that only seem more important?
The Bible tells us what we should be hearing Creation say:
“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.” (Ps. 19:1-4)
“For what can be known about God is plain to [men], 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 1:19-20)
What are our excuses for neglecting to listen? Creation is continually speaking all around us, and we also have the easiest access to the Bible any civilization has had in the history of the world. God speaks words of comfort and conviction, challenge and encouragement, love and warning, hope and peace - but only to those whose ears are open and ready to listen. I hope that you take the time to slow down, stop the distractions, gather your loved ones, and listen to what God has to say to you today through His Word and His world.