Have You Seen God Lately
by Keith VenHuizen
We all experience Spiritual “winters”. Seasons in our lives when God is AWOL, our faith is a tree without leaves, and doubt covers our lives like snow covers the ground. During these times we will occasionally bump into other Christians that apparently live in the southern hemisphere, because while we are in the middle of our winter, they are experiencing the joys of Summer. And, if we’re honest, irritatingly so. It can be hard seeing someone experiencing the joy of God that we are familiar with, but currently living without.
It is during these seasons that our knowledge must inform our faith. We must lean on the fact that Scripture teaches that God is there, knowable and loving. If we allow our current feelings and experiences to guide us, the winter only becomes more bleak, and we begin to fear that our faith will never again sprout the leaves of summer.
For God’s wrath is revealed from heaven against all godlessness and unrighteousness of people who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth, since what can be known about God is evident among them, because God has shown it to them. 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. As a result, people are without excuse. For though they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became nonsense, and their senseless minds were darkened. Claiming to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
No matter what season your faith may be in, let us thank God that he has revealed himself to us. Simply looking out the window, we can see hints of God’s eternal power and divine nature. But, even more than this, we have his inspired Word. Through the Bible, we can know more about God than can be discovered in nature.
In summer or in winter, I would encourage you to spend some time reminding yourself of the attributes of God that he has revealed to you. And if you can, it being summer in the northern hemishpere, find a place in nature to enjoy God’s eternal power and divine nature.
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Great are you Lord, and worthy of glory!
Great are you Lord, and worthy of praise!