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One of my students told me about his employer being a person of faith.  He related how someone had questioned him in regard to his belief --- where was the evidence that God existed they wanted to know.  The man’s reply was succinct, “Where is the evidence?  Why, it is all around us.”

If the question had been posed to me, I think I probably would have chosen a different tack. I would have been tempted to speak of the predictive prophecies of the Scripture, or perhaps its remarkable unity despite the fact that it was written over a period of sixteen hundred years by about forty different authors from amazingly divergent backgrounds.  But my student’s employer chose a more holistic approach.  He chose a line that while lacking the power of a single, concentrated argument, was greater in scope and more subtle in appearance.

It’s the same kind of thing you find throughout the Scripture, but especially in a book like the Psalms when the writer speaks of the heavens declaring the glory of God (Psalm 19:1ff).  Technically, he isn’t making an argument for God’s existence; he is saying something about God (His glory). What he wishes to convey to us is that God’s fingerprints are all over His creation --- whether it is the stars, a strand of DNA, or a child. 

In terms of strict logic this doesn’t “prove” God (even though unbelievers who are awestruck by a starlit night are left with no one to thank but a mindless, soul-less evolutionary process).  But the older I’ve grown, the more I’ve come to appreciate the value of this approach because people aren’t logic boxes --- we were created to appreciate and embrace those things which are beautiful, true, and good (Philippians 4:8ff).  We were made to marvel and say thank-you to Someone --- not something.

To believe in God only as we see one wonderful thing after another is to hold Him hostage like those who constantly demanded signs (Matthew 16:1-4). Instead, we are called to a settled faith that affects the way we see everything.  A rainbow is no longer just a physical phenomenon of water refracting light, it is a beautiful symbol of our Father’s faithfulness.  The lilies of the field and birds of the air are not simply of interest for the botanist or the bird-watcher, they are an antidote for our anxiety.  And a little girl joyfully watching a fountain bubble to life surely reminds us of the goodness of our loving Father.

May our eyes remain open to the glory of God that is all around us.

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