Published on September 12th, 2011 | by admin0
Does God Speak Through Nature?
By Rod Janz
Today, I was curious to see what the Bible had to say about nature. Apparently, it has a lot to say. One of the things that got me thinking about this is I have heard the phrase several times this summer “Nature was God’s first Bible.”
A large part of my journey, and one of the most profound experiences I had with God in recent years, occurred when spending time in nature. As a recovering evangelical I still have a fair amount of built in suspicion to overcome when it comes to hearing God anywhere other than the Bible. This is gradually shifting as I recover and accept that God speaks to me in all sorts of ways.
Just consider some of the ways God used nature and spoke to Moses for example:
- The burning bush
- The plagues
- Crossing the Dead Sea
- Receiving The 10 Commandments at the top of a mountain
- And many more…
In our discussions about the different ways God speaks to us, it goes without saying that the Bible is the Christian’s primary source of revelation. At the same time, let’s not discount that God speaks to us through nature.
Here are some verses. What do you think?
Psalm 19:1. The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Psalm 96:10-13. The Lord reigns… Let the heavens rejoice, let the earth be glad, let the seas resound and all that is in it; let the fields be jubilant, and everything in them. Then all the trees of the forest will sing for joy, they will sing before the Lord for He comes, He comes to judge the earth.
Isaiah 55:12-13. The mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. All this will be a memorial for the Lord, a sign that for all time will not be cut off.
Romans 1:19-20. For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. Ever since the creation of the world His eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things He has made. So they are without excuse.