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. Romans 1:20
I am dwelling on this verse today. It is tumbling around my head as I make coffee and attempt to tame the banksia bush in the garden.
Romans is infernally perplexing to me: it was not written as systematic theology but so often it has become a rule book and a to do list. I find myself constantly trying to extricate the true story of Romans from the bad (and well intentioned) teaching that has been layered upon it. Romans 1:20 comes in the midst of Paul having a good go at those who don’t recognize God and His glory through creation. There is so much going on here.
But what this verse does hint at is that God’s character is on display through the created world. That in some glorious, mysterious way God speaks through the rain and the knotted branches.
And so I delve into the glory-filled Psalms for more; more hints and more wonder.
I find more than hints and suggestions.
I uncover grace filled skies and booming declarations of God’s infinite goodness wrapped in mountains and oceans.
I find God pushing towards me through words and wonder.
I find a God who delights to be discovered.
I find a place to stop and rest.
I find that God is wedded to beauty in a way that I was not prepared for.
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Day after day they pour forth speech;
night after night they reveal knowledge.
They have no speech, they use no words;
no sound is heard from them.
Yet their voicegoes out into all the earth,
their words to the ends of the world.
(All the posts from this series can be found here. Thanks for reading along. x)