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 men 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. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like mortal man and birds and animals and reptiles.
The first part of this passage is why I love the outdoors! To see the beauty of a mountain vista, fall colors, lake, sky, and wind. They all combine together to give a sense of awe and wonder. All of Creation seems to cry out that it is the work of someone vastly more intelligent and powerful than you or I.
This verse reminds us that not everyone credits God for His work. There are those who see a vastly different picture. Evolution and chance are the gods of this world. There are many people who overlook the obvious in order to avoid giving account of themselves to God. The fact remains that God has revealed Himself in the context of His Creation.
What about God’s people? How should we respond to the world that we see around us? One thing I do know is that we must not be found guilty of the sin of ungratefulness. Never take the majesty of the Lord’s Creation for granted.
Make sure that you give God praise today. Thank Him for the beauty of His Creation. Thank Him for allowing us to share it with Him. And thank Him for His marvelous presence that helps us to enjoy His handiwork all the more.