This Day in History: 0000-11-17

November 17 – Romans 1:20-22

For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God. Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused. Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.

We have got to take seriously the connection between an ungrateful heart and rejection of God. The Bible makes it clear that the two are undeniably intertwined. As we spend this month cultivating a heart of thanksgiving, may we not lose sight of the purpose – to draw us into closer relationship with our Lord and Savior.

Human beings are so wayward. Our wandering hearts are so prone to turn from God. He has made Himself known to us in countless ways. Even His creation cries out affirming His eternal power and divine nature. Yet, we stand upon the heights, or explore the deep and fail to praise the One who created such exquisite spectacles. How can this be? We are without excuse!

Let’s choose, instead, to be humbled by this magnificent world He has given to us!

Let’s not grow proud as we discover more and more, believing in our own superiority as our knowledge grows. Rather, let’s allow that growing understanding to deepen our awe for the One who designed it. May we gaze in wonder at the One who brought it all into existence from nothing!

Let’s rejoice that He gave to us such beauty simply for our pleasure! He could have created a drab, flat, simple landscape. He could have given us eyes that saw only one color. But instead, He gave us a kaleidoscope of dimension and hues. He created with attention to microscopic details! May it spur us on to shout with joy, “How great is our God!” May we thank Him each and every day for His magnificent work!