Steep To Christ

Nature and revelation alike testify of God’s love.  Our Father in heaven is the source of life of wisdom and of joy.  Look at the wonderful and beautiful things of nature. Think of their marvellous adaptation in the needs and happiness, not only of man but of all living creatures.  The sunshine and the rain that gladden and refresh the earth, the hills and seas and plains all speak to us of the Creator’s love.  It is God who supplies the daily needs of all his creatures.  In the beautiful words of the Psalmist, “The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.  Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing. (Psalm 145:15-16)

God made man perfectly, holy and happy and the fair earth as it came from the Creator’s hand bore no blight or decay or shadow of the curse.  It is transgression of God’s law, the law of love, that has brought woe and death.  Yet even amid the suffering that results from sin, God’s love is revealed.  It is written that God cursed the ground for man’s sake. (Gen.3:17).  The thorn and the thistle, the difficulties and trials that make this life one of toil and care were appointed for his good, as a part of the training in God’s plan for his uplifting from the ruin and degradation that sin has wrought. 

The world though fallen, is not all sorrow and misery.  In nature itself are messages of hope and comfort.  There are flowers up, the thistles and thorns are covered with roses.  “God is love” is written upon every opening bud, upon every spire of springing grass,  the lovely birds making the air vocal with their happy songs,  the delicately tinted flowers in their perfection, perfuming the air, the lofty trees of the forest with their rich foliage of living green all testify to the tender fatherly care of our God and to his desire to make his children happy. 

The Word of God reveals his character,  he himself has declared his infinite love and pity.  When Moses prayed “shew my thy glory”, The Lord answered “I will make all my goodness pass before thee”.  (Ex.33:18-19).  This is his glory, “The Lord passed by before him, and proclaimed,  The Lord, The Lord God, merciful and gracious, longsuffering, and abundant in goodness and truth, keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin.” (Ex.34:6-7).  “He is slow to anger and of great kindness”  (Jonah 4:2)  “because he delighteth in mercy.” (Micah 7:18).  God has bound our hearts to him by unnumbered tokens in heaven and in earth through the things of nature and the deepest and tenderest earthly ties that human hearts can know, he has sought to reveal himself to us.

Bro. Fibion Ngozi (Banket, Zimbabwe)

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