Pentecost 26, Thursday, Year C

Inspired by Romans 1:18-25

“Ever since the creation of the world his eternal power and divine nature, invisible though they are, have been understood and seen through the things he has made.  So they are without excuse; for though they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their senseless minds were darkened.”  Romans 1:20-21 (NRSV)

Many people ask the questions, ‘Where is God?’ or ‘What proof do you have that God exists?’  And they ask these questions while breathing the air of our atmosphere that just happens to be the perfect mix of chemical elements to support the unique ecosystem that just happens to sustain life on earth.  The statistical probability of life on earth as we know it just happening by itself without a divine architect is so small as to be laughable.  Yet instead people would rather laugh at the idea that God designed it all and continues to sustain it.

There’s nothing wrong with scientifically exploring the wonders of the universe, attempting to understand the processes by which God established and maintains the heavens and the earth; people have been doing that for as long as they’ve been a part of God’s good creation.  And God’s power is not diminished as we begin to comprehend the mysteries of his grand design.

But beginning with the assumption that all this happened without God dishonors our Creator and limits our own understanding.  Such thinking limits our analysis to mere cause and effect, and diminishes life to nothing more than a bundle of cells that happen to have spontaneous electrical impulses.  God created us to be so much more than that, but without accepting God or creation, we are left with nothing but our own analysis and empty definitions of life.

God created the universe and everything in it.  God created us in his own image, giving us intelligence, curiosity, and creativity.  Only by recognizing the designer in his design can we fully use all the gifts he has given us, exploring his mysteries and appreciating his wonders.

Let us pray.  God of all creation, you reveal yourself in the things you have made.  Give us the eyes to see all you have done, that we may recognize and honor you as we use the gifts you have given us.  Through Christ our Lord, Amen.