Why Doesn't God Reveal Himself?
The Universe Shouts With Joy
“Why doesn’t God just come out and reveal himself?” is the question that often gets repeated by seekers and skeptics alike.
The answer is in plain sight, but from generation to generation we humans tend to be ornery and self-absorbed, so with blinders firmly in place we go through life refusing to see conclusive proof. That stubbornness produces doubt, which with unfortunate ease, mutates into an inflamed hostility that distorts perception.
The tragedy is that despite protestation to the contrary, confirmation of the presence of God has been amply provided. Yes, there is mystery contained in the testimony of the physical world, but nature itself is the primary witness of God’s magnificent existence.
Perplexities abound and remain beyond our ability to fathom, but for those who truly seek God there are no limits to his majesty. The universe shouts with joy because behind its elaborate beauty and power is the One who gave it life out of nothingness.
God's Voice Is Always Speaking
King David of Israel expressed truth well: “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 display knowledge.” God’s voice is always speaking. The millions of glittering stars that decorate the nighttime were each put into place by our Creator.
Daytime skies range in color from the bluest of blue to shadowy shades of gray, with a radiant blend of every pigment possible depending on atmospheric conditions. And just to captivate our attention, twice daily there is an artistic light-show for all to see. At dawn and again at twilight the shimmering spectrum of the rainbow sets the horizon ablaze in glory.
The awesome marvel of sunrise and sunset is completely free of charge, yet we largely take them for granted. Day after day, night after night the cycle continues with a perfection that points inextricably to a Supernatural Designer.
All of creation bears God’s signature. He has come out and revealed himself again and again. There is an intricate precision and balance in the cosmos. From the vastness of the Milky Way to the microscopic experiments examined in a petri dish, there is order and chaos, complexity and simplicity.
The evidence is absolutely compelling and scientific: The baffling wonders of life could not be the result of chance. Yet with humanity’s conceited logic dominating the airwaves, many folks continue to dismiss the concept of a superior reasoning power at work.
A Code Written Within Us
Each individual has an inbred knowledge of God. There can be no mistaking the moral fingerprint that is present on each soul. Our conscience is imbued with an objective comprehension of right and wrong.
That definite inkling nudges us toward acknowledging the reality of God, but without exception we resist taking the step of faith. Humility is required, which has never been a characteristic embraced by humanity.
Pride rises up and we rebel against the code written within because we demand complete autonomy.
The revelation of God in nature, Scripture and ultimately in the person of Jesus Christ disturbs us because self-absorption reigns in our hearts. We do not want to be accountable to anyone for anything. Leave us alone and let us do whatsoever pleases us, thank you very much. The problem is that our choice to reject the imprint of God has dire consequences.
Sin, with all its ugly manifestations, is the addiction of the ages that plagues the human race. Our capacity to go our own way and revel in rebellion against God is well documented by the endless chain of heartache and misery that is the legacy of sin.
A first-century theologian and part-time tentmaker from Tarsus explained it in his treatise to believers at Rome. Paul wrote with an inspired understanding: “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 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.”
Human beings are without excuse. Our inclination is to put our wants and pleasures on center-stage, but we cannot glibly ignore what the heavens clearly declare. God exists and this is his world.
We inhabit planet earth solely because of his love; we are entirely dependent on his grace and mercy. Recognition of those facts is to begin to discern life’s purpose and meaning.
- Wanted Man
Wanted Man a.k.a. Ken R. Abell, seeks to be a blessing to others. He's a rake, a rambler, and a teller of tales who understands that there is strength in a story well told and well lived. To learn more, inquire or schedule him, visit this web site.
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