God speaks through creation

Good morning everyone,
Our theme for this month: “Hearing from God”
Our Bible verse for today: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge. There is no speech or language where their voice is not heard. Their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.” Psalm 19:1-4 (NIV)
Our thought for today: “God speaks through creation”
Before we move on in our study to consider the many other ways God communicates with us, I want to continue our thinking from yesterday about how it is that God speaks to us without using words at all. Yesterday we considered how it is that as we sit quietly before Him, just enjoying His presence, He will often impart to us a deep sense of peace and assurance. He will quiet our minds, slow the heartrate, and chase away our doubts, fears, and concerns. That is God speaking to us. That is God reminding us of His sovereignty over our lives. “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Another way God speaks to us without words is through His creation. Yesterday I told you of how rich and refreshing I find my Monday morning quiet times on the front porch. Something else I almost always do on Mondays is I get alone with God out in nature. Often that means going on a long hike (our part of Tennessee, on the western edge of the Smoky Mountains, has many beautiful trails.) On other days I will go out on one of the local lakes in my kayak, often just sitting quietly in the middle of the lake and soaking-in the beauty of God’s creation. In the warmer weather I will go on long rides on my Harley Davidson motorcycle (riding a Harley on country roads in eastern Tennessee might not actually be heaven, but it’s awfully close!)
My point is that one of the ways God speaks to us without words is through nature. As King David wrote in Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.” Being with God in nature has the same effect as sitting before Him in quiet solitude – it’s a form of soul-care. It calms you down, chases away your fears and doubts, it imparts a deep sense of peace in your mind and heart, and it helps to remind you that God is sovereign over the affairs of your life. “Jim, I am God and you are not. Now, just chill.”
God speaks to us through creation. I encourage you to take some time soon to get alone with God in the great outdoors.
God bless,
Pastor Jim
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