Animals are a constant source of amusement around our house, whether it is the many species of birds that come into our yard to feed at our feeder or the rabbits and squirrels that feed in the yard or even the occasional turkey or deer that wanders by.  I learn so much from watching them about God’s greatness.  I am “fearfully and wonderfully made” as are these creatures that amuse me.  Moreover, there is such wonderful diversity to these creatures throughout the earth that it seems impossible to me to look at these creatures and not realize that there is an Amazing God that is behind the creation of all these things.  The great diversity, wonder, and beauty of all of nature seems to speak of a God who has wonderful creativity in His Mind and Heart, resulting in such incredible beauty almost anywhere you look. 

This is what Romans 1:20 is referring to when it tells us that everything in nature is stamped with God’s signature such that no one can look at these things and not realize that there is a God.  Indeed, many people have looked at nature and realized that there is a God.  Some of the ancient Greek philosophers saw the handiwork of God and realized the great order and diversity inherent in nature.  Many Native Americans even realized that there was a Great Spirit behind it all.  Yet in spite of all this evidence, not all people will come to that conclusion. 

Romans 1:21-23 explains the mindset of those that are able to look at all this greatness in nature, yet they don’t come to the same conclusion about a Creator that others of us do:  “because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. Professing to be wise, they became fools, and changed the glory of the incorruptible God into an image made like corruptible man—and birds and four-footed animals and creeping things.”

In spite of all this evidence, there are and always will be some who do not come to the knowledge of a Creator simply because they do not want to.  2 Peter 3:5 explains that certain people “willfully forget” or in other words are willingly ignorant of the truth, shutting their minds and understanding against any intrusion of the truth into their understanding.  I’m sure you have run into such people from time to time.  It seems that, no matter what you say to them, they just do not or will not admit the truth of your words of witness or the scripture or any explanation you give them.  Through force of their will, they simply shut the door of their mind, not allowing any truth in, no matter what they hear.  For such people, neither more explanation nor more forceful arguments will help.  Only the Holy Spirit has any chance of getting through to them, leaving us with the best tool we have at our disposal in such situations, prayer to our All-Powerful God.

I pray that your understanding of God will increase every day and that you will have wisdom in any witnessing situations, being guided by the Holy Spirit in what to say and leaning on His Power through Prayer.

 


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03/05/2017 1:20am

Animals are beautiful creation of God and i like birds very much. Birds are looks awesome and Peoples are keep Parrot and pigeons in houses. Because his voice is much soft but we should give the freedom it is right for living.

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    I'm a retired soldier, having spent 23 years of my life serving our country, actually 30 years when you count the reserve and National Guard time as well.  I believe in servant leaders, following the example of our Lord, and I believe in giving back to the troops once one has attained a certain status or level of success in life.  But I also believe in fighting back against corruption and incompetence wherever you find it if it hurts people.  Our national values were worth dying for.  They are also worth living for.  A man or woman can actually live a life by these principles of humility, service, love, duty, and honor, and have a significant impact on the world around them...if you have the dedication to see it through. 

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