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We hope you’ll visit us in person, too! We’re a short drive from numerous communities: Forest City, Fertile, Hanlontown and Joice, Iowa.
By mid-October the fall tree colors where absolutely stunning, arrayed in brilliant yellow, orange, red and shades of brown. It amazes me that God would so bless us with such beauty in the midst of death. I even thought, “what would it have been like if God didn’t create us with the ability to see color, but like a cat only see shades of gray?” How drab and boring. But God in his love and grace blesses us to see his beautiful creation. There is nowhere the eye can see that doesn’t speak of order, design and complexity, as opposed to disorder, simplicity and randomness.
“For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made so that people are without excuse.” —Romans 1:20
Every human being with eyes to see can see his surroundings. He sees that golden sun rise and sunset, the majestic waves of the vast oceans, the towering trees and massive mountains. Look to the night sky and ask, “How do the stars and planets just hang in space?”
God declares that mankind is without excuse for knowing the God of creation, a God of order, might, intelligence and detail. He is a God who controls powerful forces. This is known as general revelation—there is a God who created and sustains. Since everyone knows this by nature, everyone is without excuse not to turn to God in response.
“For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him.” —Romans 1:21a
God was known by these people and is known by all due to the very creation. However, man in general did not respond as he should have, much like today God is rejected, ignored or paid lip service. What should be done? First, God should be given glory. That is to say, give him fame, and hold him in highest regard and honor. We are all to hold him up with great awe and trembling for what he has revealed in creation. But it doesn’t stop there. We are to offer heartfelt gratitude and thanksgiving for the gifts he has given and continues to give. That is a natural response to any benefactor. Look around and see what the Lord continues to provide for each of us every day and while we are sound asleep. God is good!
When glory and thanksgiving are not given life takes a turn.
“... their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools.” —Romans 1:21b-22a
As a result of not giving thanks and not honoring God they “became worthless in their reasoning and their senseless heart was darkened.” In other words they developed distorted ideas about God and they lost common sense. Perhaps this explains most of the problems here at home and abroad. God makes it very clear, suppress the truth about God (Romans 1:18) and it leads to the omission of giving God glory and thanks. This slide into depravity begins by neglecting to do what ought to be given to God our creator. What follows the lack of gratitude is a continual move into greater depravity, worshipping himself and/or what man can make and being overcome by desires that are unnatural for man or beast.
On November 27 we must stop and give God our heartfelt thanks and gratitude for who he is, for all he has done and all he provides. In reality there isn’t anything we have or will have that God hasn’t graciously provided. This includes health, family, ability to make a living, church, his word and all material blessings. May we avoid the path of darkness and foolishness by frequently giving thanks to our God and honoring him in all we do.