The great Enlightenment philosopher Immanuel Kant in his work Critique of Practical Reason wrote that two things fill him with wonder: the starry skies above ad the moral law within. The Bible teaches something similar in Romans 1 and Romans 2. Our text for today prompts us to look “‘up” at the heavens to recognize God’s glory by witnessing the great work of creation. And the response to this reality is worship.
This text is a great challenge to us. As we increase our degrees of separation from “the land,” it has become more difficult to remind ourselves of God’s glory in creation. Because of the busyness our culture demands from us, it has become more difficult to make time for contemplation of God’s grandeur in creation. To actually stop for a moment and let God’s vast handiwork wash over us is a cardinal sin in today’s fast-paced world of binge-worthy activities, on-demand everything, and work lives that are so pervasive that it is impossible to hide or disconnect from them.
As we ring in the New Year, let me encourage you in the way this text encouraged me. This text has invited me to look around every now and again. I was compelled to walk outside yesterday evening and gaze at the stars. Their brilliance and consistency reminded me of who our God is: magnificent and trustworthy. Take a moment each day to let some aspect of God’s wonderous creation lead you into worship: the sights, the sounds, the diversity, the interconnectedness, the overwhelming immensity of it all. And remember as you worship that the God who did all of that, who created so dramatically that we can’t fathom the true extent of it, that the very same God created you uniquely, knows you personally, loves you intimately, and calls you to rest in the finished work of Jesus’ death and resurrection.