Listen: Chris Witts presents Morning Devotions.
By Chris WittsFriday 27 Dec 2019Morning Devotions with Chris Witts
We talked in Part 1 about this question, Do you believe in God? And I mentioned The Sydney Morning Herald took a poll back in Decemeber 2009 and it showed that for the typical Australian 68% of Australians either believed in God or a universal spirit. So belief in Good is just there.
Let me just say The Bible says God has made himself known to every person. Romans 1:19-20 says it very clearly:
Since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities-his eternal power and divine nature-have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.
God has revealed himself so clearly that no one can miss it. This plainly seen revelation of God in nature has been available “since the creation of the world.”
That means, Adam saw it, Cain saw it, Noah saw it, Abraham saw it, Jacob saw it, Moses saw it, David saw it, and every other person who has ever lived since the beginning of time saw it. Don’t miss this point: Everyone knows something about God! Every culture on earth has some conception of a Supreme Being—however flawed it might be. Man was made to look for answers outside of himself. He is incurably religious in that sense.
The French philosopher Pascal said that inside the heart of every man there is a ‘God-shaped vacuum’. And Augustine said, “Lord, you have made us for yourself. Our hearts are restless until they find rest in you.”
Ecclesiastes 3:11 says that God has put “eternity in the hearts of men,” meaning that the longing for ultimate answers comes from God himself. God put that longing (the ‘God-shaped vacuum’ inside the human heart to cause men to look to him.
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Creation Testifies to the Creator
Psalm 19:1 says that “the heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.”
Now either you see this or you don’t. Some people, brilliant scientists, can study the stars for a lifetime and come away saying, There is no God. But others will see the mighty Milky Way and say, There must be a God! Psalm 19:1 means that God has not left us any room to doubt.
The heavens preach a sermon about the wonders of our great God. “Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge” (Psalm 19:2). God so arranged the universe that light from heaven streams in on every side. You have to cover your face not to see it. Psalm 8:3 says, “When I consider the heavens, the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars, which you have set in place.”
God has left his fingerprints on the universe. Every rock, every tree, every river, every ocean, every star in the sky—they all bear the divine DNA that points back to the God who created all things. This world is God’s house. He’s left clues everywhere about what kind of God he is.
Jesus Made God Known to Us
God has revealed himself to us in Jesus. When all is said and done, I believe the best argument for the Christian view of God is found in the person of Jesus Christ. God has revealed himself to us in the Person of his Son, the Lord Jesus Christ.
The Father sent the Son to the earth in the form of a little baby, conceived through a miracle of the Holy Spirit, born in Bethlehem, born to Mary and Joseph, born in an out-of-the-way corner of the Roman Empire, raised in a carpenter’s home, misunderstood by his own family, rejected by his own people, convicted by the religious leaders, put to death for blasphemy, and on the third day God’s Son rose from the dead.
Now we know what God is like. Jesus has made him known to us.
Ever since the “Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us” (John 1:14), Jesus has been the great issue between believers and unbelievers. The debate no longer centers around arid scholastic arguments. It’s all about Jesus now.