Lessons From Creation: Seeing God in the Place You Live

In the Bible and in life God uses creation to communicate truths about himself.

By Steven Lummer

[Ed. note: This article is part of our series of weekly reflections, called Deep Down Things, published on Wednesdays.]

Have you ever been asked the question “What does God look like”?

I have been asked that question, and I have asked the question myself many times.  I love the story of a first grade teacher who was observing her students while they were drawing pictures. She occasionally walked around the classroom to see each child’s artwork. As she got to one little girl who was working very diligently, she asked what the drawing was.  The little girl replied, “I’m drawing a picture of God.”  The teacher paused for a second and said, “But no one knows what God looks like.”  Without missing a beat or even looking up from her drawing, the little girl replied, “THEY WILL IN A MINUTE.”

The soul never thinks without a picture

Author of Wild Goose Chase, Pastor and Adventurer Mark Batterson reminds us of the way God uses nature to teach us about himself when he points us to Genesis 15, where we see an amazing illustration of God’s desire to get us “out there.”

God took Abraham outdoors to look up into the nighttime sky. God told him that his offspring would outnumber the stars. What God did is just as significant as what he said. He led Abraham outside for an object lesson that he would never forget. Abraham would never see the stars in the sky the same way again. Every time he looked into the nighttime sky, he “remembered the promises of God.”

Why did God take him outside? Because inside the tent, Abraham’s vision of God and God’s amazing future for him was limited. He could not see the potential of God’s promises displayed against the backdrop of God’s creation. God wanted him to get a glimpse of just how big a God he was. Taking Abraham outside was God’s way of telling him not to put limits and ceilings on what God wanted to do through him and for him.

We are so much like Abraham. We assume what God can do and what he can’t. These assumptions become our tent and they seriously block our ability to see and fulfill our God-given potential. When we take a moment to get out into what the Lord has made, we are actually taking time to hear the future God has for us if we will just listen, look, and learn.

Aristotle said, “The soul never thinks without a picture.”  Was this the point of God’s object lesson?

He determined the exact place where you should live

I found an amazing passage this morning out of Acts 17:26-27 that explains why we live where and when we do:

“From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that men would seek him …”

God put us where we are so that we might come to know him and enjoy his creation.

According to Acts 17, God places us in certain geographical locations at certain times in history for specific reasons. I believe God did this because where you live determines how you live. Yes, geography does effect your destiny, and what you see every day defines your outlook and outcome.

I have always enjoyed the outdoors, the woods and streams.  To this day it seems whenever we are on a trip or going from one place to another and we pass over a river or go through a forest, I have an urge to stop and explore the place. Did God put me in this place so that, like Abraham, I might look around me and be reminded of him? Did he put me here so that, like the little girl with the drawing, I might have a picture of what he looks like? I think he did.

[Ed. note: This article originally appeared in Creation Voice, a publication of Restoring Eden.]

Steven Lummer lives in Prescott, Arizona with his wife and two children. He is the pastor of Prescott First Assembly of God church. He can be found online at www.stevelummer.wordpress.com.

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