Looking around, at the world we live in tells us something about God. Are there other ways that God makes himself known?
Another way you can learn something about God – is to look at ourselves. How he made us!
If he can make a Brad Pitt or a Meryl Streep or a Roger Federer or a Serena Williams or even a person who is you – then there has to be something amazing about him.
How many things about our own bodies should amaze us – our eyes and ears and heart and brain and how somehow they all work together without having to replace batteries every six months or so.
Just as with the rest of creation – they tell us something about God – about his wisdom and greatness and power.
Psalm 139 expresses it well:
For you created my inmost being;
you knit me together in my mother’s womb.
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
your works are wonderful,
I know that full well.
My frame was not hidden from you
when I was made in the secret place,
when I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
Your eyes saw my unformed body;
all the days ordained for me were written in your book
before one of them came to be.
There is more. When we allow ourselves to be totally honest, that deep inner understanding which distinguishes between right and wrong – that voice that screams every time we do something that we shouldn’t or don’t do something that we should. God’s holiness, righteousness, goodness and justice are shown through the sweet small voice that we all have. Our consciences (although flawed) bear testimony to the fact that God is there and knows better than we do.
But in much the same way that looking at the world around only gives a general view of God, so looking at ourselves will only give a limited and flawed view of God. Yes, we learn something of the nature of God but it doesn’t tell us anything specific about God.
If we left our discussion about ‘God’ here, you could quite easily assert that all ‘god’s’ are the same – because there is no way of telling the difference.
We need something special, something specific – and here is where the Bible comes into its own.
For more in this Series:
Listening to the Word
Grounded in the Word
God makes himself known – look around!
God makes himself known – look at ourselves!
God makes himself known – look his Word!
How can the Bible be from men but also from God?
What does a Christian do with the Bible?
How can I trust that what was written down in the Bible is reliable?