146 - Spiritual Disciplines: Experiencing God in Creation
|Written by Patrick Morley|
|Wednesday, December 10 2008 12:36|
Excerpted from A Man’s Guide to the Spiritual Disciplines, Moody Press.
We have been given the visible creation to reveal the deity of the invisible God. In history, matter was once considered unspiritual. At other times, matter has been considered evil. The Bible, however, declares that the whole earth is full of his glory. Theologians call creation God’s general revelation. Nature “reveals” a “general” knowledge about God. God speaks to us three ways in creation: through nature, through man’s work, and through mankind.
God speaks through nature
God speaks through man’s work
God speaks through mankind
That's what we're looking for in contemplating nature – the experience of God’s holiness. And, when you find it in creation, how should you respond? Look at Romans 1:21: " For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him." We must not fall into that trap. Glorify God; give thanks to God. That's why we do disciplines to begin with. That's why we want to cultivate spiritual habits – so we can come to a place where we voluntarily glorify God and give Him thanks.
A Suggested Spiritual Exercise
Other Suggested Spiritual Exercises
A suggested prayer:
1 Otto, Rudolph. (1923). The idea of the holy. London: Oxford University Press. Pp. 12-13.
Pat Morley is the Founder and CEO of Man in the Mirror.