Our Bible verse for today: “For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made.” Romans 1:20 (CSB)
Our thought for today: “Worship Him”
For more than twenty-one years my family and I lived in Southern California. Seventeen of those years were in San Diego, a beach community, and four were in the desert near the Mexico/Arizona border. I have to admit that I did love living near the beach, but the desert not so much (although it does have a beauty all its own). However, my favorite place was the mountains. Just three hours east of San Diego lay the San Bernardino Mountains and up top, at over 8000 feet in elevation, was the town of Big Bear Lake. We would regularly get away to the mountains for a few days of skiing and playing in the snow.
I’ve always loved the beauty of mountains and deep forests – I encounter God more there than almost anywhere else. I seem to be more aware of His presence in those settings. There were two places in-particular in the San Bernardino Mountains that were very special for me. One was the chapel in the Forest Home Christian Camp where Billy Graham had his own turning point experience with God as a young man. That chapel is in a beautiful forest setting with spectacular views. As you pray and worship in the chapel you can look out the large windows and just soak-in the beauty of God’s creation all around you.
The other place is in the sanctuary of First Baptist Church of Big Bear Lake. There’s a huge glass window in the sanctuary that looks out over the lake surrounded by the forest. The view is stunning and you can’t help but be reminded of God as the Creator of that beauty. The view really enhances the worship experience.
Tomorrow is Sunday and most of us will gather in our churches to worship the Creator. Perhaps your sanctuary doesn’t look out over a beautiful mountain lake. But still, God can be seen and experienced in all aspects of His creation, from towering forest trees to the flowers in the flowerbeds of your church. In Romans 1:20 Paul tells us that the evidence of His presence and power and majesty are there for us to see, if we only will.
I encourage you to consider the beauty and splendor of His creation. Then let that awareness draw you into a deeper place of worship. His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, can been seen from what He has made. His creation declares His majesty.