Today’s Bible reading and an excerpt
Read Romans 1:16-25
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 people are without excuse. For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened.
More thoughts for meditation
The creation itself tells about God. Anyone willing should be able to know all about God just by looking at a leaf for an extended period of time! There are many other ways God is revealed, too. We have a proverb that says “The truth in and from Jesus is revealed in many ways: through the Bible, through the members of the body, through the creation, through the Holy Spirit.” We want to be guided into our fullness through all of these ways.
In the modern era, Europeans filled the world with scientific rationalism. The Bible became a “proof” text for ongoing experiments in spirituality. But as Paul teaches in Romans, God has never been confined to books. The message of the gospel is the power of salvation, and that message is in the Bible. But it is also revealed in the Body of Christ (like you and me), through meditating on creation, and by revelation from the Spirit. [Rod wrote a blog about this, once].
A great poet wrote a poem about this, once:
And for all this, nature is never spent;
There lives the dearest freshness deep down things;
And though the last lights off the black West went
Oh, morning, at the brown brink eastward, springs—
Because the Holy Ghost over the bent
World broods with warm breast and with ah! bright wings. — From “God’s Granduer” by Gerard Manly Hopkins (1844-89)
Suggestions for action
Let’s open our eyes. There is still spring blooming around us! The persistence of creation is a yearly encouragement to rise above our own “brown brink.” Go find a flower emerging and emerge with it.