Pictured in Nature, Proclaimed in Christ

God’s invisible qualities—his eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen.

Romans 1:20

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was right:

Earth’s crammed with heaven, and every common bush aflame with God; But only those who see take off their shoes; The rest sit round it and pluck blackberries. Hebrews puts it this way: “Anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists” (Hebrews 11:6).

A. W. Pink explains how that belief is sparked by seeing the power of the Creator who made the world.


“To say that God is visible in nature is true, yet it is a statement which needs qualifying.

“Nature reveals the existence of God, but it tells us little of his character. Nature demonstrates his natural qualities—his power, his wisdom, his unchanging character; but what does it say to us of his moral attributes—his justice, his holiness, his grace, his love? Nature, as such, knows no mercy or pity.

“If a blind saint unwittingly steps off a cliff, he meets with the same fate as if a murderer had stepped off. If I break nature’s laws, no matter how sincere may be my subsequent repentance, there is no escaping the penalty.

“In this way we may say that nature conceals as well as reveals God.”


Creation shows God’s grandeur and power; Jesus Christ shows his compassion. What is pictured in nature is proclaimed in Jesus Christ.

Sadly, what most people know of God, they choose to ignore. And though the choice is theirs, the consequences are not.

Consider carefully before you come to the foolish conclusion that “there is no God” (Psalm 14:1). For if you close your eyes to the obvious signs of his existence, you have no one but yourself to blame for the consequences.

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