By Don Ruhl
There is something very special that God wants with you. Read the following as though spoken to you, for surely it was meant for you!
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters,
Says the LORD Almighty.”
Let us think about this One who wants to be your Father.
Does God Exist?
Consider an idea on God’s existence that is not often used. Most arguments use science or logic or both. The one I propose may use both, but in a secondary sense. We know God exists because beauty exists. “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecc 3.11).
Do you agree that all of nature is beautiful in its time? How did it get that beauty? Do you think it happened by accident, or do you see an Artist at work?
Even as a tear is more than salt, carbon, and water, but is sadness, sorrow, or love, so, beauty in nature is more than laws, objects, and scientific explanations.
Beauty in nature appeals to the heart. What does the beauty tell your heart? Does it say that it came from an explosion or from an Artist?
Consider the rose. Its symmetrical shape, bold colors, and pleasing aroma say something. Does it not say that its Maker appreciates beauty? Are there only natural and scientific explanations for such beauty? A few items of beauty might be an accident, but a whole universe?
Beauty is no accident. Try to paint something beautiful or write a beautiful song?
Beauty is the extras of life. God made what was needed for life. Then He threw in countless extras!
The heavens declare the glory of God;
And the firmament shows His handiwork.
The flowers declare the glory of God;
And the forest shows His handiwork.
So then, even as design requires a Designer, so artwork requires an Artist.
What Is God Like?
His appearance is gloriously beautiful. Ezekiel showed us God, saying that, “From the appearance of His waist and upward I saw, as it were, the color of amber with the appearance of fire all around within it; and from the appearance of His waist and downward I saw, as it were, the appearance of fire with brightness all around” (Eze 1.27).
His nature is gloriously holy. Isaiah saw the Lord, and then saw and heard seraphim declaring His holiness,
“Holy, holy, holy is the LORD of hosts;
The whole earth is full of His glory!”
At such a magnificent announcement, the posts of the door, by where Isaiah stood shook, and smoke filled the temple (Isa 6.1–4).
Here is the best way to know what God is like, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God…And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us…” (John 1.1–3, 14, 18). In Jesus, we see God. We see how He lived, and we can hear Jesus make a full declaration of God the Father through words and works.
Can I Know God?
Would an artist create so that you would not notice? If the artist is kind and knows what you admire in beauty, would such an artist remain silent?
God created artwork to get our attention. Then He communicates to us in a clear message. That is the message of the Bible.
He gave us His work in nature, and His word in the Bible so that we can know Him.
Perhaps He seems distant to you because you cannot see Him, but when you contemplate His works in creation and when you meditate in His words in the Bible, you will discover that not only does He exist, but that you can know Him.
Does God Know Me?
I know Him because He is one, but does He know me, one among six billion on the Earth currently? Here is the way that I look at it.
What was involved in creating the universe with all things working intricately with one another? What is involved in coordinating all the details of the universe and the Earth right now? The simultaneous details with which God is able to work stuns me.
Can He then know me among the hundreds of millions who live on the earth? Yes, and He even knows me in ways that show just how intimate He knows me. Jesus said that God knows the number of hair on our heads (Luke 12.7). God knows us so well that He knows when we sit down and when we rise up. He knows our thoughts, and even the words we will speak before we speak them. He watched our bodies form in the wombs of our mothers! (Psa 139.1–4, 15, 16).
Is God Involved in My Life?
If everything I have shown you is true, and I believe it is, then the question becomes, How can He, from His perspective, not be involved in my life? He has been involved even before I knew Him, as Paul told some new converts of the time before their conversion, “Nevertheless He did not leave Himself without witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14.17).