Category Archives: Nature

Nature – the wonder of its Creator

A Union-Tribune article featured the birds frequenting San Diego beaches in wintertime.  Some, like the Sanderling, have flown here from Alaska’s North Slope and will continue in stages to the tip of South America, something of 6,000 miles.  Others, like the Whimbrel remain shoreline winter guests until the mysterious instinct that called them south from Alaska’s north will send them back to mate and nest.

Among interesting facts in the article, the writer noted the specific coloring, beak size and body size of the aviary wonders.  Birdwatchers have categorized and described them in enough detail that, given enough study, amateurs can discern a Whimbrel from a Sanderling.

The greater mystery of the birds is that their devotees never stop to inquire into their origin; or to ask how such frail creatures, on spindle-legs, seeing through beady eyes, and thinking with a microscopic brain, could make such journeys yearly—where many had not been before.  How would they know when to make the long flights from north to south, and back again?  Union-Tribune, 1/17/15

The Christian looks at all creatures and delights in God’s genius as Creator.  The naturalist looks at the creatures and marvels at what they can do without wondering WHY.  Who made it possible?  What was the Creator’s purpose?  How was it done?

Genesis 1-3 answers the basic questions of all articles, books, lectures, and sermons on the subject of:  Who, What, Why, When, How?  But so few take Genesis literally, as a six-day, 24 hour-day creation. And those of us who do are considered naive and ignorant.

Let us be warned.  There are many ways to take God’s name in vain.  And the greatest profanity against God is to deny his significance as Creator of all through Jesus Christ John 1:1-3, Colossians 1:15-16, Hebrews 1:1-2, etc.  Once we deny him as Origin of all, sin against God is possible, nay necessary.  God warns us that we cannot mock him—Galatians 6:11.  The word means “to turn up one’s nose.”  It referred in the Greek language to those turning their bloody noses up to stem the bleeding.  Note:  Paul didn’t say we shouldn’t turn up our noses at God.  He did say we can’t.  It’s impossible.  We may do it, but it’s useless.  Holding up one’s bloody nose can alleviate or stop the bleeding.  Sticking one’s nose up at God guarantees his wrath and condemnation.  Yet, we continue think that no retribution occurs if we snub God.  He says retribution is so sure it CAN’T be avoided.  America; take notice!

Nature – being true to one’s

When Queen Elizabeth I ascended the English throne in 1558 she carefully chose counselors to guide her through the chaos of the times.  As her secretary and principal advisor she picked William Cecil, who was to serve 40 years.  Even at the time of his selection his reputation had preceded him.  In the installation ceremony the Queen said she picked him because she knew he would always be himself—incorruptible to gifts or honors; honest, without thought to her feelings or wishes; and confidential in all matter that demanded secrecy or circumspection.  (Durant, History of Civilization, Vol. 7, p. 6)

When the Pharisees criticized Christ for being his own witness they were really telling him to stop preaching, to keep quiet, to say no more.  Whatever reasons they gave, they simply wanted him to be still.  Christ responded by saying that he had to reveal himself.  Light has to shine, by its very nature.  To be true to itself it can’t help but be itself.  As the world’s Light, he had to reveal God’s will.  That’s why he came.  Just because the leaders didn’t want to know didn’t mean Christ wouldn’t inform.  He had to be himself.  He had to be true to his nature.  He could never be false.

Christians must have an invariable disposition to reveal their faith, optimism and confidence.  Light and salt, Jesus said, when describing us…innate, instinctive qualities that penetrate and transform situations and circumstances.  Jesus couldn’t help revealing himself.  Can we?  Are we true to his nature?  Our faith overcomes, if we give it a chance to prove itself.  Do we?