Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways! Romans 11:33
Vacations are a good time to sit at the feet of nature’s teaching. As part of God’s creation, our natural world testifies to His majesty and goodness. What I learned recently while sitting under a large tree was a simple but faith building and humbling lesson.
The tree was very tall, with widely spreading branches, thick foliage and massive trunk. There was no telling how many gifts it offered the birds and the squirrels, but I know it kept one squirrel busy climbing up and down its trunk for some reason. High above were two fairly sized nests where God’s winged creatures could find rest and security. In a few months its leaves would be providing nutrition for the grass which soon would be lying dormant in the lawn. What a testimony to God’s complex wisdom, creativity, and efficient provision for all his creatures. I’m sure that my thoughts barely scratched the surface of what that tree had to offer.
Then the obvious hit me: this is just one of how many billions of trees all over the world! And our Lord knows each one and designed on purpose the variations for every tree to fit its particular environment. Such wonder is hard to imagine.
And then the humbling part: How could I ever expect to really know God’s mind—a mind so vast that it can create such a massive and intricate universe. How arrogant could I be to think that I can know His every thought or dictate His actions with my prayers.
Thankfully, He did condescend to reveal Himself first through His prophets and then through His Son, our Lord Jesus Christ. And what did He tell us—the mysteries of His universe, the depths of His judgments? No, He revealed only that He loves us enough to come into our lives, give His life for sinners, and promise us eternal life in exchange for simple faith.
So the lesson of nature is that its vastness and complexity makes God’s grace all the more awesome. Or as the Psalmist said it well. O LORD, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory above the heavens. … What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him? (8:1, 4)
Such a God we can only love and praise in grateful obedience.
Pastor Tom Konz