The Natural World Has God’s Name Written All Over It

The whole of created reality, including therefore the fields of research with which the various sciences deal, reveals the same God of which Scripture speaks. The very essence of created reality is its revelational character. Scientists deal with that which has the imprint of God’s face upon it. Created reality may be compared to a great estate. The owner has his name plainly and indelibly written at unavoidable places. How then would it be possible for some stranger to enter this estate, make researches in it, and then fairly say that in these researches he need not and cannot be confronted with the question of ownership? Cornelius Van Til, Christian Apologetics (P&R, 2004), 125.

Van Til’s point and illustration are in full agreement with Psalm 19:1-6 which remind us that every day the natural world is shouting, recounting, bubbling forth and advertising (the basic meanings of the Hebrew verbs in v. 1-2) the glory of God. As Van Til further says, “man is without excuse if he does not discover God in nature.” By this he does not mean that nature is God or that any god can be found in nature. Rather, he means that everything in creation is essentially revelational. And that revelation is clear. This means that the Christian holds to the perspicuity (clear and understandable nature) of both natural revelation and biblical revelation. This is exactly Paul’s point in Romans 1:18-20. The end result is that man is without excuse for his unbelief. No one will be able to say, as atheist Bertrand Russell once claimed he would say if he saw God after death, “Not enough evidence God, not enough evidence!”

Stalker

Have you ever had that sense that you’re being watched?…that you’re being followed?  Or maybe even worse you’ve actually spotted someone watching and following you?  No matter where you go, they show up.  No matter where you turn, they follow you.  The sense of being stalked is one thing…the fact of being stalked is another.

I get the sensation of being stalked every fall.  As the calendar pages turn and the leaves begin to change colors, there’s this sixth sense that kicks in and whispers in my mind’s ear – “It’s that time again.  He’s watching you.”

Although I try to fight the urge to look, it usually only takes a couple of days and I look up in the night sky and he’s there – Orion.  The ancients called him “The Hunter.”  And he hunts me down every fall no matter where I am — he was there in Michigan and in Minnesota and in Wisconsin and now in Pennsylvania.

The ancients saw him as the great hunter chasing game across the winter sky in the northern hemisphere.  I call him the bringer of shortened days and longer nights, of colder weather and blowing snow.  Once I see him, I know that it won’t be long before I’m going to work in the dark cold and then returning home in the dark cold.

In truth, Orion is a messenger of God’s faithfulness.  He is mentioned by name three times in our Bibles – Job 9:9, 38:31, and Amos 5:8.  Orion is part of the creation activity recorded in Genesis 1:14-16  — “Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens…let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years…He made the stars also.”  For the thousands of years since  the fourth day of creation, Orion has been faithfully bearing his message of God’s faithfulness.  It is time for another change of seasons, as God has planned.

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