His invisible qualities

Renee Ann Smith —  August 25, 2010 — Leave a comment

For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature—have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made. So that men are without excuse. Romans 1:20

As my sister and I sat watching the news one night, we were startled by a sound on the roof. A series of thuds indicated that a largish object had fallen from above, landed on the roof, and rolled into the garden. We looked out the window to see a branch crushing her small plot of purple flowers. The previous night’s storm had severed the branch from the neighbor’s tree, and today’s gentle breeze had shaken it loose.

The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit, reads John 3:8.

Even though it affects our lives so often, we can’t see the wind. There’s no way to draw it or photograph it. But anyone who has experienced its force during a nor’easter or hurricane or thunder storm maintains no doubts over its existence. We can easily tell which way the wind is blowing and see its influence on trees and flags and . . . hairstyles. We see the evidence of that invisible force in our everyday world.

As Psalm 135:7 says, He makes clouds to rise over the whole earth. He sends the lightning with the rain and releases the wind from His storehouses.

God is also an unseen force. Jesus doesn’t have hands or arms or an audible voice. No broad shoulders to lean on. Yet the Bible urges me to press on as if “seeing Him who is invisible.” How is this possible?

One way I can view His reflection is in the lives of Christians around me. This is because we were created in God’s image. This means we love because He first loved us. We laugh because He has a sense of humor. We experience joy because He celebrates our lives and accomplishments in heaven.

He created our eyes to identify beauty and then gave us a lush, colorful world. We create and innovate and design and build because all these traits were first found in our Heavenly Father. With this in mind, I can appreciate another person’s musical ability or way with words or sense of humor or artistic endeavor as a reflection of the God who made all.

Sin marred the image of God in us but did not destroy it. Even within a man or woman who does not acknowledge God, remnants of His image remain. So men create symphonies and invent complicated technology and perform delicate surgeries that save lives.

But only because they were created in the image of our all-powerful, all-knowing, ever-present God.

So God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female. Genesis 1:27

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I teach literature in a Christian high school by day and write inspirational fiction by night. I love to share heart-touching quotes and stories here on my blog. So glad you stopped by!

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