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I don’t know what you call it. It could be a “bog.” It could be a “swamp.” It could even be a “marsh,” but regardless of what it’s called, God’s message was loud and clear.
My husband and I were standing on the deck overlooking this unidentifiable watery section of the property, watching the wind blow strongly through the trees. He said, “The heavens are declaring the glory of God, aren’t they?” I had to agree.
The “trees of the field” — bog, swamp, marsh — were definitely “clapping their hands” as it says in Isaiah 55:12, and the skies were proclaiming His glory.
The Psalmist wrote about this type of “creational praise” in Psalm 19:1-4. Here, let me show you: “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of His hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they reveal knowledge. They have no speech, they use no words; no sound is heard from them. Yet their voice goes out into all the earth, their words to the ends of the world.”
That day in particular, I could almost hear the trees, the skies, the heavens. Though Scripture says they have “no speech” and they use “no words,” it didn’t matter. Their voices rang loud and clear to me. They spoke of their Creator — their God — and they praised His wonderful name loud and clear.
Which begs the question: If all creation vehemently advertises the existence of our Creator God with no speech and no voice, how much more should we who have mouths do the same?
When was the last time someone looked at you or me and thought to themselves, “What is it about them that is so special? What makes them act and do and say the things they do? How can they not respond when they are obviously attacked or retaliate in anger when provoked? Why are they so encouraging to me, even though I haven’t spent any time with them? What is it about them that makes them so different than the rest of us? Maybe there is something to this ‘God-thing’ after all? Maybe I should see what it is?”
Do our lives scream “Hey! He’s real! And He’s good! And He’s bigger than anything you can ever face! And He loves you!”
So, the challenge for this week, then, is to remember that you and I are walking billboards for the Savior — billboards with mouths and “speech” and “voices” to proclaim His wonders and give glory to His work and worth in our lives.
Can’t let creation have all the fun, now can we?
Prayer: “Father, may my life echo You throughout my entire day. May the people in my sphere of influence come to know and believe in You, because of the You they see in me. May my life proclaim Your goodness, Your mercy, Your faithfulness, Your love as I use my mouth to speak of the wonderful works of Your hands. I praise You, Father.”
Steve and Belinda Kirk write the “Everyday Grace” devotional for the Johnstonian News. Reach them at 919-449-5745 and firstname.lastname@example.org.