September 05, 2022

The Best of the Portals of Prayer

Read: Romans 8:18-25 // Psalm 19

“The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky proclaims His handiwork.”
Psalm 19:1

The Silent Sermon

There is a sermon being preached, but you need special ears to hear it. There is a drama being acted out, but you need special eyes to see it. Nature, lying so silently around us, fairly shouts out God’s glory. Martin Luther once commented, “our lord has written the promise of resurrection not in the book alone but in every leaf of springtime.” St. Paul noticed that nature preaches, for he wrote that “the whole universe waits for God’s children to be revealed groaning like a woman on the verge of giving birth.”
Our Lord Jesus found heavenly illustrations in the birds of the air, the lilies of the field, a grain of mustard seed. But then, isn’t it only fitting that all of creation should proclaim in countless ways Him through whom and for whom it was all created?
In the Gospel, God proclaims and imparts something greater. He tells us that He sent His Son to liberate us from sin, death, and hell. To give us everything else along with Christ is a small thing for God, and so He has given us all of nature too, that we might be filled with awe, thankfulness, and the knowledge of Christ.

Heavenly Father, open our eyes and ears that we can see and hear nature’s sermon today. Amen.

September 05, 1982

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