20 For his invisible attributes, that is, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen since the creation of the world, being understood through what he has made. As a result, people are without excuse. 21 For though they knew God, they did not glorify him as God or show gratitude. Instead, their thinking became worthless, and their senseless hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images resembling mortal man, birds, four-footed animals, and reptiles.
What kind of God does nature reveal? Nature shows us a God of might, intelligence and intricate detail. It reveals not only a God of order and beauty, but also a God who controls powerful forces. This is sometimes called general revelation, which includes the aspects of God all people can come to know in a general way through things like the natural world or our human conscience.
Yet even though God reveals His divine nature and personal qualities through creation, people turn to the false gods of idolatry. That’s why God has revealed Himself not just in a general way, but even more clearly through His Son, Jesus.
This is called special revelation, and it is communicated to us through the words of the Bible. As we read the stories in Scripture, we learn about God’s love and forgiveness and His promise of eternal life that is now available because of the death and resurrection of Christ.
Yes, God has revealed Himself generally, but He has also shown us Himself more specifically through Jesus, who is the “radiance of God’s glory and the exact expression of his nature” (Hebrews 1:3).
Questions to Ask Yourself
- What idols do you have or struggle with?
- What happens when people refuse to acknowledge and depend on God?
- Do you have a dream that you would sacrifice everything to realize?
- Do you believe people are held accountable for a God they’ve never heard of?