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Tuning In to God

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April 18, 2010 Tags: Worship & Arts

Today's entry was written by the BioLogos Editorial Team. You can read more about what we believe here.

“There is no creature so small and abject, but it reflects the goodness of God.”
– Thomas A Kempis

Amidst the noise and bustle of the modern world, it can be difficult to find time to simply sit and listen. Yet it is often in the quiet times when the Lord speaks most clearly to us.

In 1 Kings 19:11, the Lord tells Elijah to “stand on the mountain in the presence of the Lord, for the Lord is about to pass by.” As Elijah waits, he is witness to a powerful wind, an earthquake, and a fire, yet God is not in any of these loud and awesome forces. Instead, Elijah finds the Lord in “a gentle whisper” (1 Kings 19:12).

Scientist George Washington Carver puts it wonderfully: “I love to think of nature as an unlimited broadcasting station, through which God speaks to us every hour, if we will only tune in.”

This Sunday, even as we are surrounded by the winds, earthquakes, and fires of our own lives, let us take time to “tune in” to the beauty of God’s creation around us and to thank the Lord for all He has done.

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Bilbo - #10211

April 18th 2010

Thank you for a very inspiring video.

Janet - #10223

April 18th 2010

Thank you for these Sunday worship posts.  I occasionally share them with my children.  Today my son, who is 7, said he thought the penguins in the video were going to church.  I told him that was a great thought, and that the Bible has passages about the animals praising God.  (e.g. Ps. 148:7-10).  Thanks for this material which gave me a wonderful moment with my son.

Jim - #10360

April 19th 2010

I’m rereading James Barr’s 1991 Gifford Lectures on natural theology, namely, his lectures, “Biblical Faith and Natural Theology.”  I keep getting a feeling of intense strain in the discipline of flirting around the gilded edges of text/theology as any justification or as any generous nod toward knowing God via nature.  I feel a profound parsimony in hermeneutics and in the intra-mural squabbles over whether/how the texts bless natural theology. 

There’s a fair place for close readings.  And squabble.  They’ll never end. 

Except at the sight of a sunset applied to my heart by the Spirit of God – needing no justification.

Charlie - #10483

April 20th 2010

How does the human conception of beauty mean the Lord is speaking to us?  I don’t understand the link.

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