How does God work in the world? Those who pursue a Judeo-Christian perspective are not deists. The historic view of Jews and Christians is that God is actively involved in the world and is known by his self-revelation. The first form of God’s revelation is in nature:
“In past generations he (God) allowed all the nations to walk in their own ways. Yet he did not leave himself without witness, for he did good by giving you rains from heaven and fruitful seasons, satisfying your hearts with food and gladness” (Acts 14:16-17).
While many Christians argue about the “how” of the world’s existence, the issue in the end is this: Does your experience of nature around you lead you to recognize Someone greater than yourself? The Bible is much more interested in the WHO of nature than the HOW of nature. To focus on the how of nature is to miss the point of nature’s witness.
Nature’s witness leads to humility and gratitude. Many people struggle to assume their humility and even more struggle to find anything for which to be grateful. Lack of humility creates the arrogance we see around us every day; lack of gratitude leads to the spiritual drought evident in our culture.
Ron Friesen © 2015