Our First Bible Teacher

I was about five years old when my sister took my brother and me to church.  Mom was already sick enough that she couldn’t take us.  The teacher for the little ones taught with a Bible in one hand and a switch in the other.  She was so good about teaching us the lessons each week.  I thank the Lord for her.  Even before we had our first teacher like that, the teacher had been created for us.  Creation was our teacher and made by God for us.

Psalms 19: 1The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork.Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. The law of the Lord is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple. 11 Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward.

God’s Word is a definite, deliberate teacher.  It is perfect because it pinpoints the needs of our lives.  What needs fixing and converting is brought to focus.  It shows us how to make peace with God.  The wide angle lens of God’s testimony is wider than we know.  We live every day in the midst of it—creation.  Before man and woman were created, trees, animals, oceans, the atmosphere and beyond were created.  The sky stretches from horizon to horizon and God chose a royal blue color that signifies the royalty of God.  Without the sun plant life would die.  We would die.  The sun speaks of the life-giving power of God.  We’re here because he lives.  The sun speaks as a testimony to us.  We can take any position and see sky reminding us of the reach of God.  Not a one of us is ever out of God’s reach.  When the sun goes down the sky is no longer blue but turns to black.  Darkness has a purpose, but we are not alone.  Stars come out and from horizon to horizon we see them exactly where God arrayed them.  David wrote this and 3,000 years later they are the same as when he saw them.

The heavens declare the glory of God to us.  We should trust the Lord and be as faithful as the stars and sun are.  Creation is faithful to its creator, and we should do the same. Humans are the highest form of creation yet neglect God.  We look at the sky and see clouds, rain, thunder, and lightening.  We see nature in all its manifestation.  How in the world can some look at all that and then turn around and say there is no God?  Creation—nature and animals—give glory.  It’s time we do.  We are challenged by them.  If nature can do what God wants, we can too.  What about it?

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