Marie’s daily verse: Ephesians 2:8-9For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest anyone should boast.

DEVOTION, Oct. 30, creation

20  For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, 21  because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened. (Romans 1:20-21. NKJV)

Paul tells us that God’s reality is seen clearly in creation. Anyone who can look at our world and conclude, “There is no God” is surely spiritually blind. Creation cries out to us, “There is a Creator.” Look at the complexity that God has created. Look at the variety and beauty of flowers. Examine our own bodies. Can anyone seriously believe that all this complexity happened by accident? Paul concludes that those who reject God are without excuse. They deny the conclusion demanded by their own senses.

Yet some people deceive themselves and conclude, “There is no God.” Deep down, says Paul, they know God is real. Yet they deny Him. What happens when we deny what our senses are clearly telling us? God deniers become futile in their thinking. Their hearts are full of darkness. They exclude themselves from the God who loves them and is willing to redeem them.

Sadly, our world is full of God deniers. Look at the mess we see in our world. Is the mess caused by believers, or by deniers? What do you think? We who believe in God wonder, “What is He like?” We see His awesome power in creation. When He wanted to reveal Himself more completely, He sent His Son into the world. Now we know that the omnipotent Creator is a God of love. We can relate to our Creator by trusting in His Son. That is good news, indeed! As we trust in God and in His Son, we learn that our sins are forgiven, and God is prepared to welcome us into His eternal kingdom when we leave this life. Thanks be to God!

Holy Father, we see Your almighty power in creation. Your awesome power can be frightening to us. Thank You for also revealing Your great love to us in the person of your Son. Thank You that His love led Him to the cross where He purchased our forgiveness. We will praise His name forever. Amen. 

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