Things I Don’t Understand…Nature’s Ways


Birds2_300I may not understand them, but I marvel at the way God directs His creations.  At His command, a school of fish or a flock of birds, turn in an instantaneous synchronized move
that boggles the mind; hundreds, if not thousands of His creatures, obeying a command from their Creator, in a moment.

I probably need to bring you up to speed as to what and how I am thinking.

Last Saturday, the weather was beautiful, especially after a week of thunderstorms and some tornadoes.  I took the opportunity to work in the front flower beds by trimming hedges and some spring time clean up.  The arthritis in my knees limits me, but I take an occasional break to rest them and observe what is going on in the neighborhood.

During one of my breaks, I watched a bird flying toward me.  As he approached the opposite curb across the street, he began a gentle banking to his left, that started in a bit of dive and as he turned he gained altitude until he landed on tree branch in my neighbor’s yard.  It was quite graceful and beautiful to watch his outstretched wings and to see the individual feathers forming a very natural airfoil.

21 So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that moves, with which the waters abounded, according to their kind, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. Gen. 1:21 NKJV

I than began to think about how God directed this single bird, which lead me to think about the rest of the birds in the world that God was directing at the same time.  Add to that, all the fishes in the sea that He directs and then what about all the insects and wildlife.  He provides all the food they need.  He provides the environment that they need, including how much or how little rain they need.  He locates them in the desert or in the mountains as needed.  He puts them on the right continent and in the correct hemisphere.  He determines if they come out in the day time or if they come out in the night time.  He plans their diet, whether they eat plants or other animals.

And if you want to add mankind into the equation and to think that every person that has ever existed, He has their name in a book.  He knows where you came from, who your family is, what your life is about, and He knows your first day and your last day.  He knows your successes and He knows your failures.

I think a reasonable people would have to conclude, it takes a BIG God to handle all these things for just one day, much less for all of history.  And just for fun, let’s throw in all the planets and solar systems and keeping them at the right distances apart and determining when a star is to die or when to create a new star.

Yes, I believe in a BIG God and a small man.  He is infinite and I am finite.  The Bible tells me that God is sovereign.  He is the preeminent power and authority of all.   He has no beginning and no ending.  He is God and I am His creation, born when He wanted me to be born, where He wanted me born, to the parents that He wanted me to have and in the birth order where He wanted me to be with an older brother and a younger sister.

This God does what He pleases (Psalm 115:3 & 135:6).  He has the power, wisdom, and authority to do anything He chooses and is unrestricted in His supremacy.

God is omniscient, which means that He has all knowledge.  1 John 3:20 says that He knows everything.  He knows everything within or outside of the universe.  But most important is He knows about you and me.  He knows about what we do and why we do it.  He knows us because He formed us (Psalm 139:13-16).  He knows when, how, and why I sin.  He is total knowledge.

God is omnipresent, which means that He is present everywhere. Again in Psalm 139:7-12, the question is asked “Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?”  What a comforting thought to know that where ever I am, God is there.  But if you are running from God, what a overwhelming thought.  You are not able to run away from Him, it is better to surrender to Him.

God is omnipotent, which means that He is all powerful.  He is almighty God, which is show in the creation (Genesis 1:1) and in John 1:1-5 tells us that even before creation, God was.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through Him, and without Him nothing was made that was made.In Him was life, and the life was the light of men. And the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness did not comprehend it. NKJV

In the Old Testament book of Job, Job (long O) spoke of God’s power in Job 42:2 “I know that you can do all things and that no plan of yours can be thwarted.”  Governments rise and fall at His direction.

God is Holy and does not tolerate sin.  He gave ten commandments to Moses to give to God’s people, Israel.  You may read them in Exodus 20:1-17.  The first four dealt with our relationship to God.  The last six dealt with how we get along with our fellow man.

The problem is no one can keep the Ten Commandments, not everyday for every day of your life.  If you fail in one point at any time, that makes you a sinner.  If you call someone who steals a thief or someone who lies is called a liar, than one who sins is called a sinner.  According to Romans 3:23 “All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.”  The word “ALL” means everybody, which includes me and you.

And if the story ended there, it would be a sad story indeed.  But God is more than the things I described above, He is also a loving, caring God.  He made a way for those who have sinned to be saved from the wrath of God in the judgement, He sent His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ to pay the debt that we owed.  For you see, also in Romans, it says the “wages of sin is death.”(Romans 6:23)  What I deserve for sinning is to die.  Romans 5:8 states “But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”  by Jesus dying for MY sins, I have been cleansed of my sins.

God the Father was satisfied with the sacrifice that Jesus made on our behalf.  That’s the only way to have peace with God is to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior.  John 14:6 says this, “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  That’s what Jesus said!

If this post makes you upset or angry, ask yourself WHY?  I have only described to you what the Bible says about God.  If you have not asked Jesus to save you and change your life, but are being drawn to know more, I would like to help you.

However you react to this post, I just ask that you think about your relationship with Almighty God, especially the next time you see a bird fly by.

Sharing HIS Love….

 

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