“Lift up your eyes on high and see: who created these? He who brings out their host by number, calling them all by name; by the greatness of his might and because he is strong in power, not one is missing.” Isaiah 40:26
One of my favorite ways to spend time with God and reflect on Him is being outside. I love water. I always have. It’s so sweet that Jesus has shown me how much He knows me by allowing me to be born and raised in a southern state very near water and just recently moving me to a city that is near a river and a really nice lake that has a walking trail all the way around. Most of the time, I’m in complete and total awe. I could stare at the water for hours; I’m really not joking. I get lost in it. I love getting to take in God’s beauty through all that He is created.
But, there are some days that I’m struck by a lack of wonder. One of those days was last week. I stared at this wonderful sunset pictured above. I thought it was beautiful. But I found myself in unbelief. Is God really the creator of all this?
Then I realized that I couldn’t fathom God’s creation through reason.
You didn’t get saved by reason (or intellectualizing the Gospel) but by grace; therefore, you cannot rely on reason when you are battling moments of unbelief. You cannot logically convince yourself that God is real and in the midst of everything around us; you must pray and rely on His help. Only by His Spirit’s power can we continuously believe in Him throughout our Christian walk. It is only by His Spirit and our adoption as sons that allows us to see and savor God. We can’t do it on our own.
We must have faith, come to the Lord’s feet in confession, and ask Him to open our eyes and revive our hearts.
“For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world, in the things that have been made.” Romans 1:20a
God reveals a glimpse of Himself through His creation. And we can only barely perceive it with our human brains. Just a glimpse of His character and power is overwhelming and beyond our capacity to reason with.
It was by grace that I was saved, and it is by grace that I am able to marvel at His beauty. It is by grace that His Word speaks to me when I read it. It is by grace and by His Spirit that He has poured out on His people that I can love Him and get to know Him.
Therefore, in moments of unbelief, where the enemy is trying to talk you out of believing in God by reason, look to Christ. In faith, look to Him and confess your unbelief. Ask for grace to see, to witness His love in your life, to revive your heart.
The Israelites forgot all that God had done for them. They complained in the moment because they were so caught up in what was happening around them. Meditate on God’s provision. Journal about what He has done for you. Ask Him to stir your heart’s affection again.
I may not be completely captivated by every sunset I see, but despite the degree of my emotions in that moment, I continue to press on in faith and trust in the Lord who undoubtedly saved me.
God’s promises will not always seem promising to you. God’s creation may not always be striking to you. But we press on towards Christ. Seek Him. Cry out to Him. Dwell in His Word.
- We walk by faith that is provided by Him and by the grace that is given to us by Him. Our faith has to be renewed daily which is why we pray without ceasing. We continuously need His help. Pray that He would allow you to breathe in His beauty, power, authority, and control as you live among His creation.