Of Religious Worship and the Sabbath Day.
Chapter 22, Paragraph 1.
“The light of nature shows that there is a God, who has lordship and sovereignty over all; is just, good and does good to all; and is therefore to be feared, loved, praised, called upon, trusted in, and served, with all the heart and all the soul, and with all the might….”
Creation and providence tell the world quite a bit about God. Although not enough to know Him is a saving way, the light of nature nevertheless reveals numerous truths about God. Such truths call us to properly respond.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And night to night reveals knowledge. -Psalm 19:2 (NASB)
The light of nature shows there is a God. The intricate beauty and design of creation proclaims the existence of its Designer. The laws of nature and the course of providence demonstrate the lordship and sovereignty of this God. There is an order to this universe that keeps the earth spinning, continues to drop apples on the ground each Autumn, and brings rain and sunshine. Observing all this, we see that the world is governed by this God. Through history, learning how seemingly small events affect great change, we understand that this God has authority over all things. His justice and goodness are displayed in His care and keeping of creation.
For it is written,
“As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me,
And every tongue shall give praise to God.” -Romans 14:11 (NASB)
We know that the unbeliever has no desire to do good. Due to the corruption of sin, humanity does not have any interest in God. That does not mean the unbeliever is let off the hook for her behavior. All men and women, everywhere, are shown there is a God they are to love, praise, and serve. In other words, all humanity knows God is to be worshiped.
Questions to Consider
- Do you treat unbelievers as though they have an excuse when it comes to worshiping God?