Daily Devotional: Psalms 115:1-8
1 Not to us, O LORD, not to us but to your name be the glory, because of your love and faithfulness. 2 Why do the nations say, "Where is their God?" 3 Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. 4 But their idols are silver and gold, made by the hands of men. 5 They have mouths, but cannot speak, eyes, but they cannot see; 6 they have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but they cannot smell; 7 they have hands, but cannot feel, feet, but they cannot walk; nor can they utter a sound with their throats. 8 Those who make them will be like them, and so will all who trust in them.
When we apply any measure of logic to our thinking, it is impossible to believe that a piece of wood, stone or some precious metal that has been formed into an image, could actually be a god with power. How can anything we have made be a god that has any control over us or our lives? Just as foolish as this (or maybe even more so) is to think that people are their own god. This makes as much sense as pulling oneself up by their own bootstraps – sounds good but just does not work! The products of our own hands or imaginations, these are just that; our imagination and therefore they cannot be real.
On the other hand, we can believe with ease that there is a God who created all things that exist. In his wisdom he gave all things, from the universe down to the smallest living organism, order and reason to be here. We can look at the stars, the moon or the vastness of the heavens and we see the wisdom of God along with his mighty power.
Do a little research on the human body and especially the eye and explain the intricate workings and abilities as just chance. There is nothing more absurd than this! The greatest scientific minds attempt to model their computers after the human brain or model their video technology after the human eye. Can they really believe that evolution by chance could produce what they cannot?
For humankind, the greatest danger of this is that we never rise above the God or gods we serve. Without the creator of the Bible there is no standard of morality, reason to exist or true goal in life. Praise God, we are made in his image.
O God, creator and sustainer of life and all things, I thank you and praise you for your wisdom that is shown in what I know as nature all around me. Thank you for showing me your power in the universe. Help me see your wonder as I look at the fall foliage or the mighty waves of the sea. Help me see your love as I admire the wild flowers or hear the birds sing. Most of all, help me know you by your word you have revealed to me in the Bible and to know Jesus in his glory. Give me faith to live for you today and every day. I pray in the name of Jesus.