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God is

Rev David Buffalo

Psalms 19: 1-14 "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. [2] Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. [3] There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard. [4] Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world. In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun, [5] Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race. [6] His going forth is from the end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the heat thereof. [7] The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. [8] The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. [9] The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb. [11] Moreover by them is thy servant warned: and in keeping of them there is great reward. [12] Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults. [13] Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression. [14] Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer."

In the hustle and bustle of our "modern world", we often fail to see the obvious though it is staring us right in the face. We are busy as bees striving: striving to make a living, striving to create a home for our families, striving to gain the recognition of our peers. Sometimes in our striving we overlook the really important truths.

As a young boy the Psalmist David was responsible for tending his father's sheep. Sheep are animals that require constant attention. Sheep are relatively defenseless, without any real armor against the world. Because of this the shepherd has to constantly watch for predators, particularly when night falls. Sheep wander, so the shepherd must watch and periodically push the stragglers back into the safety of the herd. Sheep are ... sheep.

So David knew about striving. But on one clear night when he had gathered his flock to himself he stopped striving for a time. He looked up into the Heavens and saw the stars, pinpoints of light from other places, all herded together much like sheep. He saw the moon glowing, illuminating the quiet pasture that he stood watch over. And as he reflected on creation it became evident to David that it was all made by Someone greater than himself.
 

God Is Revealed In Nature And Outer Space

Suppose a man is walking across a desert and he happens to hit his foot against a watch.  He picks it up; he has never seen a watch before; he examines it.

He sees that the hands are moving round the dial in what is clearly an orderly way.  He opens it up and inside he finds a host of wheels and cogs and levers and springs and jewels.  He discovers that by winding up the watch, you can set it going, and that the whole complicated machinery is moving in what is obviously a predetermined pattern, What then does he say?

Does he say: "By chance all these wheels and levers and jewels and springs came together and formed themselves into this thing I have in my hand?  By chance they set themselves going By chance they move in an orderly way.  By chance this watch became and instrument which counts the hours and minutes and seconds?"  NO. If he applies his mind to this problem at all, he says: "I have found a watch. Somewhere there must be a watchmaker."

So then when he discovers the world where there is order more accurate than any watch, where tides ebb and flow according to schedule, where spring, summer, autumn and winter come back in unvarying succession, where the planets never leave their courses, where the same cause always produces the same effect, we are bound to say: "I have found a world, Somewhere there must be a Worldmaker."

From the very beginning of life all mankind has, within it's collective heart, a sense that there must be a Creator God, One who made all that we see possible. The understanding that there must be a Higher Being who made this all possible introduces a concept that most people naturally want to reject. If we are created by Someone greater, then this introduces the concept of accountability. If I am a made - thing, then I am surely responsible to the One who made me. And if responsible, how does my Creator expect me to act. As sinful creatures - humans - our first response to this concept is a desire to reject the idea of a Creator. If no Creator exists, then I am accountable only to myself. If I am only accountable to myself then I need not worry about pleasing this fictitious Higher Power. I can live my life as it pleases me. I can "be my own man".

Romans 1:20-25 "For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse: [21]   Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened. [22] Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools, [23]  And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things. [24]  Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: [25] Who changed the truth of God into a lie, and worshipped and served the creature more than the Creator, who is blessed for ever. Amen."

On the one hand all people, universally, sense that there is a Creator - a Higher Power that made us. Yet on the other hand if we acknowledge this sense we must seek intimacy with Him, we must decide what His Will is for our lives and then follow that Will. Mankind in seeking to stay "independent" from accountability to any outside source, continually strives the disprove the existence of God. Darwin's theories of evolution, though posed as scientific and factual, are only theories posed by people who wanted to maintain their autonomy from a Creator God. We may suppose that the universe and all that is in it just came into being with a "Big Bang". We may suppose that this world just formed of it's own accord, that the oceans and the dry lands separated of their own accord. We may suppose that bacteria just "formed" in the oceans by accident, and that over eons of time this bacteria became living cells, then fish, then grew legs, then walked out into an atmosphere that just happened to be livable. We may stretch our imagination to the breaking point to avoid acknowledging that we are created beings, created by a Higher Power.

President Theodore Roosevelt and his friend, the famed naturalist William Beebe, had a habit of going outside each evening and looking up at the skies, searching for a tiny patch of light near the constellation of Pegasus.   "This is the Spiral Galaxy in Andromeda," Beebe would say.  "It is as large as our Milky Way.  It is one of a hundred million galaxies.  It consists of one hundred million billion suns, each larger than our sun."  Then Roosevelt would turn to his friend and say, "Now I think we are small enough.   Let's go to bed."

The proofs against evolutionary theory are numerous:

In his book "Evolution and Christian Faith", Dr Davidheiser wrote that Piltdown Man, another great evolutionary find, was no more than a prefabricated hoax. On closer examination the remains were the mis-matched jawbone of a modern ape and a fossilized human skull [pages 340-349].

Evolutionary theory states that man did not walk on the earth when dinosaurs were alive. Yet in Paluxy, Texas, a fossilized human footprint was discovered next to the track of a dinosaur. ["Journal of Geophysical Research", Frankhouser and Naughton, volume 73, page 4601]

One of the greatest evolutionary finds, Peking Man, was discovered in China by archaeologists and kept well guarded. Two French scientists were eventually allowed to examine the remains. After the examination they concluded that these were in reality animal bones. ["Science of Today and the Problem of Genesis", O'Connel, pages 108-136]

But even if we stretch our imaginations to the breaking point, the truth that God is there and He is not silent shines forth in the midst of all our lies. We can stumble on the clock in the desert and say "it just happened to be", or we can look at it and with common sense and honestly say "Where is the Clockmaker? Who is the Clockmaker? And what does He expect of my life?"
 

What Does The Creator Expect?

When David looked at Creation and it's magnificent order and symmetry, he was driven to ask the following question:

Psalms 8:3-4 "When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers, the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained; [4]  What is man, that thou art mindful of him? and the son of man, that thou visitest him?"

We are so small when compared to the Infinity of Him who created all things. How can we hope to please Him? What can we bring that will interest Him?

As small children we all brought our drawings, our creations to our parents. We were proud of these crayon scrawlings, proud of our accomplishments, and our parents took these things and cherished them - not for what they were (for they were crude and handmade), but because it was we, the children, who brought them. These works had no inherent value to anyone but our parents. I have a file drawer full of drawings that my own children made, a file called "memories", and I cherish every childish scrawl. But these drawings would hardly qualify my children to enter some famous art institute, nor would they be admired in museums around the world. They have little value to anyone but me.

What thing of value can we bring God, the Creator of all? The Theologian John Phillips wrote:

"The witness of the stars tells us something about God, but if we are ever to know God Himself - what God is like as to His nature, His person, and His personality - then God must reveal Himself in spoken Word.  The stars say: God is almighty, He is eternal, He is omniscient, He is a God of infinite order and immeasurable power.  The Scriptures tell us God is a Person who loves and feels, who know and cares and rules."

As David stood in that moonlit pasture and contemplated the Infinite, he came to understand that if we are to please such a Great God then we can only do this by looking at what He has told us to do in His written Word.

Psalm 19: 7-10 "The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple. [8] The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. [9] The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. [10] More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb."

What has God revealed to us? First, His Word is a sure testimony. Whereas nature only reveals the fact that there is a God, it does not explain Who this God is, nor does it explain what He expects of us. But God's Word is sure.

God's Word tells us that the Creator wants a relationship with us. The Prophet Amos said:

Amos 3:3  "Can two walk together, except they be agreed?"

The Creator wants a relationship with each and every one of us today, but in order to walk with Him we must be agreed with Him. We must be on the same wavelength - we must be of the same mind. Yet we cannot expect the Creator to change His mind to suit or meet ours. Why should the Infinite lower His standards to those of the finite? We cannot come to God brandishing our childish drawings, our feeble creations, and expect these works to allow us to enter a personal relationship with Him. God says:

Romans 3:9-10 "What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; [10]  As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:"

We are not good enough, on our own, to stand in the presence of the Inifinite God. We are all sinners. The word sin {HARMARTIA}, in the original language of our Scripture, means "to fall short of the mark". The word draws the picture of an archer who, on releasing the arrow, has the arrow fall just short of his intended target. Our own works of righteousness fall just short of God's Infinite glory. When mankind was young God accepted our crayon scrawlings of righteousness written in the Law of Moses. We thought that we could raise our own standards to meet those of the Infinite, so God gave us the Law. And over the years mankind tried to keep the Law, some two thousand codes that covered everything from what we should eat to when we should work. Yet we kept missing the mark, as well we should, for we are all sinners.

When we, as finite people, finally came to realize that we could not make it to Heaven on our own, the Infinite God provided a perfect solution to bring us into a right relationship with Him. The Father provided the means of our salvation in Jesus Christ:

John 10:7-11 "Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep. [8]  All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them. [9]  I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture. [10]  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. [11]   I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep."

When Jesus hung on the Cross from the sixth to the ninth our He paid the penalty of our sin. As the world stood in darkness and every one of our failures were placed on His body, He cried out in agony, "My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken Me?". We could not raise ourselves to meet God's expectations, and Infinite God could not lower Himself to accept us as we are - full of sin. Instead God offered up His precious Son as a bridge for us, a bridge to enable us to cross over from inadequacy to righteousness.

1 Samuel 16:7 "But the LORD said to Samuel, Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have refused him. For the Lord does not see as man sees; for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart."

The little shepherd David looked up into the Heavens and, on seeing all that God created, longed for a personal relationship with the Almighty. Because of this God rejected Saul as king over Israel, and called the little shepherd to be king. Though the Bridge of Salvation had not yet come, David knew He would one day come, and longed to see that day of redemption. This morning you have the opportunity to cross over from a nodding acquaintance with God to a personal relationship only possible in Jesus Christ. You have the chance to depart from a mundane relationship with God, and to become a "king and priest" by adoption.  The fact that you are in Church this morning is an indication that you know, in your heart of hearts, that there is a God. But do you know and have a fulfilling relationship with God our Father? The only way you will ever have this relationship is to surrender your crayons, your own works of righteousness. Put aside the "what about" questions that the foolishness of evolution poses, an accept the only means of salvation possible. Accept Jesus Christ to be your personal Saviour. Give yourself to Him this morning. Accept the fact that He died on the Cross for you, and begin a new dynamic relationship with our Infinite Creator.
 

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