More than meets the eye

Good Morning Brothers…

Hot

Bugs

Bright

No deer…

This is the description of my hunt last night with my little man. We were sitting in two tripods, about 16′ off the ground, along a tree line with a field to our north, heavy trees and a creek to our south, facing to the east. If I were a deer, I would want to hang out here. The youth season opened on Saturday, and after hunting both days, we have yet to see a deer. We have seen a small flock of turkeys with long beards, but no deer. On our hike out, across the field to the west, my youngest son looks up at me with a big ‘ol smile. I asked him, “What?”, thinking he had a funny story to tell me. He said, “Dad, that was fun.”

Fun…?

I wasn’t sure what was fun about it. The gnats, the heat, the bright sun causing shadows everywhere, or the the absence of deer? As I drove home, my mind was thinking about “fun” and this passage of scripture we studied today at church. The passage is from Psalm 19:1-6:

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words;
Their voice is not heard.
Their line has gone out through all the earth,
And their utterances to the end of the world.
In them He has placed a tent for the sun,
Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber;
It rejoices as a strong man to run his course.
Its rising is from one end of the heavens,
And its circuit to the other end of them;
And there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The text teaches us that the created world reveals the glory of God. That every moment of every day is filled with a declaration that God created. That every path traveled by the stars across the expanse of the night skies speaks to the wisdom and knowledge of Him…who created. Within this created world is a closed system in which the sun travels boldly within the boundaries set for it by our Creator. More than that, the text suggests the sun travels with same energy and pride as a bridegroom rising from his honeymoon chamber, fulfilled in his purpose, and nothing can hide from his radiance (or heat).

(I can vouch for the heat part…)

What is interesting to me is what the Psalm says next. In verses 7-9, the Psalmist records these words:

The law of the Lord is perfect, restoring the soul;
The testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple.
The precepts of the Lord are right, rejoicing the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true; they are righteous altogether.

When reading these two passages together, the link becomes more clear. The Psalmist is “proving” that the law is perfect, the testimony is sure, the precepts are right, the commandment is pure, our fear is clean, and the judgments of the Lord are true; because of the evidence of His wisdom and knowledge seen in the created world around us. In short, we can have faith that God is faithful because we live in the faithful order of a 24 hour day. We can trust that God is trustworthy because we already trust that the temperature will change with the seasons (among other things). We live in, and bear witness too, the order and steadfastness of God’s creation as we plan for future events and tasks, therefore, trusting in him for things of a spiritual nature shouldn’t cause us to question. If God is faithful with a little (the physical things), then He will be faithful with much (the spiritual things). Today, when we look at the world around us, lets realize that God is faithful. God is at work with the “much” because we can see how faithful He is with the “little”.

My little man looked around at all God had created during our evening hunt and declared it “Fun”…I need to take a lesson from my youngest. There is certainly more going on here than meets the eye, and Praise God that He is faithful, even when we lose sight of it.

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