God Is Made Plain to Us

The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. Romans 1:18-19

One of my favorite devotional books is My Utmost for His Highest written by Oswald Chambers who was an early twentieth-century Scottish Baptist and Holiness Movement evangelist and teacher. Oswald died in 1917 from complications of appendicitis surgery because he resisted going to the hospital for he felt the beds were needed for the wounded from the third battle of Gaza. His devotional words inspire me daily to live my faith in a manner worthy of the gospel.

Oswald wrote these words under the heading, “Is Your Ability to See God blinded?”

If we are children of god, we have a tremendous treasure in nature and will realize that it is holy and sacred. We will see God reaching out to us in every wind that blows, every sunrise and sunset, every cloud in the sky, every flower that blooms, and every leaf that fades.

In other words, God is all around us and therefore His presence is visible in all creation. Because of this, God is made plain to everyone whether they choose to accept God or not. This is what the Apostle Paul was reminding the saints in Rome in the beginning of his letter of revelation of righteousness to them.

Since my diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer’s disease, I must confess that I can spiritually see God reaching out to me in every living thing as I walk or work around the Hornback Homestead. He is present in the spring flowers that are beginning to sprout from the ground, the new buds starting to form in the trees, the greening of the brown grass as the soil warms, the raindrops that fall during the near spring storms, the amazing sunrises and sunsets that cascade across the horizon, the crisp, clear stars adorning the night sky, and the wild animals that frequently pass through the homestead. God created it all and His glory is revealed in His creation to this day. How could I possibly miss His presence unless I’m more worried about my disease than my relationship with Him?

God is made plain to me and I enjoy fellowship with Him every day in spite of my dealings with this disease. Perhaps this is one of the deeper meanings in what the Apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Rome. No matter how difficult life can be, God is plain to see if you will look with spiritual eyes and not allow your circumstances to blind you. God never hides and He longs for deeper fellowship with each of us.

Therefore, open your eyes and see Him reaching out to you today. Stay connected to Him and “your ability to see God will never be blinded” by any circumstance, not even Alzheimer’s disease!

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