God’s Patent Self-Expression

Both the Old and New Testament tell us a lot about God — who He is and (even more about) who He isn’t.  But if there’s not enough information through the written language, maybe we can look elsewhere to learn more.

Job, chapter 12, explains:

. . . But ask the animals, and they will teach you,                                                                                  or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you;                                                                                      or speak to the earth, and it will teach you,                                                                                       or let the fish in the sea inform you.                                                                                             Which of all these does not know that the hand of the Lord has done this?

 In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.                                   Does not the ear test words as the tongue tastes food?                                                                    Is not wisdom found among the aged?                                                                                           Does not long life bring understanding?

To God belong wisdom and power;  counsel and understanding are his.                               What he tears down cannot be rebuilt;                                                                                           those he imprisons cannot be released.                                                                                                 If he holds back the waters there is drought;                                                                                       if he lets them loose, they devastate the land. . . .

How can anyone appreciate salvation whose eye nature has not trained about eternity and God’s omnipotence?

How can anyone appreciate the strength and hope of God who doesn’t recognize His majesty in nature?

How can anyone follow Him into unknown territories of life who hasn’t recognized His pathway that lies, in nature, like an open book?

The endless phenomena of nature—the art and science derived from it—are God’s letters patent to His people, giving each one who would recognize Him a certain right to know and understand His majesty.  Can anyone who doesn’t recognize God in nature’s phenomena possess the certain grace that He confers on those who do?