A Mysterious and Beautiful Creation
Sometimes it worries us that we can’t see God. We forget that He’s everywhere we look!
The basic reality of God is plain enough. Open your eyes and there it is! By taking a long and thoughtful look at what God has created, people have always been able to see what their eyes as such can’t see: eternal power, for instance, and the mystery of his divine being. (Romans 1:19–20, MSG)
The most common cause of doubt is frustrated expectations. Things don’t go the way we planned, and we doubt God. Or things aren’t the way we want them to be, and we doubt Him. “If God loves me and knows my heart,” we reason, “He would give me what I need, or what I long for.”
We are God’s children. He is our Father. So we turn to Him to have our needs met, and we turn to Him with our heart’s desires.
We are not only God’s children, though. We are also parents to our own children, and when we parent in love, we parent in His image. Out of love, do we give our children everything they want? We might want to, but we know we can’t. My sons want certain things, but I have to say no. I know what will happen if I don’t.
Since they are children, they don’t necessarily understand why I say no sometimes. They can’t see the big picture the way I can. Sometimes they get mad at me! It’s only because they don’t know that I’m protecting them from a bad outcome.
Even though they don’t always get what they want, and even though sometimes I say no, my sons don’t doubt my existence. They know I’m their dad because they can see me.
It’s a little different with God. Believers are children who believe in a heavenly Father that we can’t physically see. That makes us a little more vulnerable to doubt. It would be nice, we think, if we could just see God. That would clarify things!
But you know what? We can see God. All we have to do is look around. Spend some time contemplating nature. Look at what’s around us, and you’ll be astounded. Look at the rock formations in Moab, or look at the Grand Canyon. Look at the clouds in the sky. Look at the moon and the evening star. The variety of amazing things that we can see is astonishing!
Do you want to see the sweet sovereignty of God? Look at your chest moving in and out. There’s something allowing you to breathe. There’s something that allows your brain to tell your lungs to suck in air and breathe out carbon dioxide. Our bodies work in such complex ways. Our brains! We still can’t figure out how the brain works.
Just look at how a leaf is formed. Think of everything that must occur in order for a leaf to grow and develop. Look at what a leaf does. It purifies the air! How amazing is that?
Science will show you that creation is very complex. There had to be a Creator. Look at how fish work. Look at how animals work. There had to be someone that developed this complex scenario and set it in motion.
There are so many things that can ease our doubt. All we need to do is start thinking about them in a certain way. Look at the very nature of the Earth, and know that there is a God.
Then look at us. Look at how human beings relate to each other. Look at how complex we are. Look at how our souls connect and disconnect, and know that there is a God.
More than anything, look into the faces of those who love you. What do you see there? Nothing less than the very image of God!
I am the author of To Stir a Movement: Life, Justice, and Major League Baseball (2013), and my second book is in the works. Visit my Huffington Post page here. I blog here. Follow me on Instagram & Twitter: @JeremyAffeldt.